Association of Academic Physiatrists Honors Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Members

February 19, 2021

At Physiatry ’21, the annual meeting hosted by the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), faculty and alumni of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation received awards.

Amy Wagner, MDAmy Wagner, MD, received the Carolyn Braddom Ritzler Research Award. The award is presented to an individual who has conducted research that has had profound impact on the science and/or practice of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). 

Dr. Wagner is a tenured professor, vice-chair of faculty development, and endowed chair for translational research. She is also associate director for rehabilitation research at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. She was honored as an AAP Plenary Speaker for the 2020 Annual Meeting and is a 2020 inductee into the National Academy of Medicine. She has published over 110 original research, and 45 invited, articles and chapters. Her extensive transdisciplinary and translational portfolio of federally funded research has garnered over $16 million as a principal investigator for TBI and cardiac arrest research.

Click here to watch Dr. Wagner’s acceptance video. 

Allison Schroeder, MDAllison Schroeder, MD, received the McLean Outstanding Resident/Fellow award. This award is given to a resident/fellow member who demonstrates outstanding academic performance in academic leadership, teaching and education, and research. 

Dr. Schroeder is a Sports Medicine Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Schroeder served as a resident in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. While at UPMC, she received UPMC’s departmental rising star award as a PGY-2, was elected administrative chief resident, and received the departmental Overall Excellence in Residency Award in 2020. 

In the AAP, she served as the RFC Research Representative and as a member of the AAP’s Research Committee, during which time she played a key role in the development of the Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also spearheaded the addition of an Education/Well-Being Representative position to the RFC and served as the Inaugural Representative in 2019. In this position, she formed the RFC Well-Being Subcommittee and a new wellness column in Physiatry Forward, the AAP’s member magazine. 

Click here to watch Dr. Schroeder’s acceptance video.