First Annual Dennis J. Matthews Lecture Honors Longtime Department Chair

On April 27, a new lecture series got its start in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The Dennis J. Matthews Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund was established to enhance and promote the department’s work and to recognize the leadership of Dr. Matthews who will retire in 2017 after having led the department for nearly 20 years.

Students and faculty welcomed Michael Boninger, MD, PM&R chair and professor at University of Pittsburgh School of the Health Sciences and director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, as the inaugural Dennis J. Matthews Lecturer, for a presentation titled, Neuroprosthetics to Wheelchairs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of a Rehabilitation Research Career. Dr. Boninger’s presentation detailed the successes and failures of research in physical medicine and rehabilitation and paid special tribute to the career of Dr. Matthews. Noting kindness, mentoring and a pioneering spirit, Boninger credited Dr. Matthews with immense contributions to the field.


Dr. Matthews, a 1975 CU School of Medicine alumnus, became the fifth chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation in 1997. A pioneer in the field of pediatric rehabilitation, he is internationally known as a leader who has overseen great transformation in his field. Over the course of the next year, the department is recognizing the innovative work and leadership of Dr. Matthews.

The newly established Dennis J. Matthews Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund exists to support the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through visiting professor lectures, workshops and national presentations. Learn more about the Dr. Dennis Matthews and the Matthews Lectureship.

Jun, 02 2016