Professor and Director Translational Research
University of Pittsburgh
Amy K. Wagner MD is a tenured Professor, Vice-chair Faculty Development, and Endowed Director of Translational Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience and in the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She is also Associate Director for Rehabilitation Research at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. Dr. Wagner’s research program uses biomarkers as tools for developing and optimizing personalized treatments and outcomes for individuals with disability, particularly with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and with cardiac arrest. She has defined her work with rehabilitation centered biomarkers research as Rehabilomics Research. Dr. Wagner’s research identifies biomarkers relevant for assessing pathology and prognosis related to disability and function as well as for assessing clinical risk and use in clinical decision making. Her experimental research focuses on how dopamine systems, hormones, inflammation, and rehabilitation relevant therapeutic agents impact plasticity and recovery. Dr. Wagner has published over 100 original research and 40 invited articles and chapters. Her extensive transdisciplinary and translational research portfolio of federally funded research focuses on both TBI and cardiac arrest research. Dr. Wagner has mentored dozens of trainees, many of which have received awards and scholarships for their research. She is Training Faculty for the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, and she also directs the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2018 she was selected by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine as a liaison to the American College of Surgeons—Committee on Trauma to support multiple shared initiatives. Clinically, Dr. Wagner treats patients with neurological conditions undergoing inpatient rehabilitation, and she is a consultant for neurologically devastated patients during their acute hospitalization at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Friday, October 23, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST