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Mary Ann Miknevich, MD

Medical O&P Rehabilitation Advisor

Throughout my medical career, I have been dedicated to the care of patients with limb loss/limb difference. A lifelong Pittsburgher, I received my MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980. I completed my residency in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Francis Medical Center and have since dedicated my career to helping patients with a variety of medical conditions return to their maximum level of function.

I am a member of an independent medical practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area specializing in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation known as Medical Rehabilitation, Incorporated, of which I serve as President.

Within the rehabilitation population, I have developed a special interest and devotion to serving those individuals with limb loss/limb difference.  I have served as an Amputee Clinic Chief for the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation since 1984. I have a large clinical practice and currently direct multiple limb loss/limb difference clinics in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

I have had the opportunity to be involved in a number of projects related to the care of this population. In May of 2003, I was asked to serve on a national forum, sponsored by the Department of the Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the American Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), to develop criteria for the use of Microprocessor Knee Units (C‐Leg) for returning Iraqi War soldiers. The forum was held at Walter Reed on May 21‐22, 2003. Proceedings of the forum were published in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, January 2004. As the only practicing medical physician on the panel, my role was to write the section on selection criteria.   

I have collaborated with researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Orthotics and Prosthetics program on a variety of studies and have also served as a consultant to Dr. Steve Collins and Dr. Josh Caputo from Carnegie Mellon University for their research and development of a prosthetic foot emulator device.

I remain actively involved with prosthetic education on a local, national, and international level, having served as a featured speaker on a variety of prosthetic and amputee related topics over the years.  

As an educator, Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), I strive to educate future physicians in the important area of rehabilitation medicine for patients with limb loss/limb difference.

I also work to promote professional excellence in the field of PMR, having served for 20 years as an oral examiner, proctor and senior vignette writer for the Part II Oral Board examinations sponsored by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

I have served as a peer reviewer for PM&R, the official journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I have mentored many resident research projects and presentations at national meetings on amputee related topics. 

"Good morning.
 Eyes up.
 Hearts up.
 Minds sharp.
 Compassion on full blast.
 (Sips coffee)
 Okay let's go.”

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