ShareThis Page
News

Newsmaker: Dr. Gwendolyn A. Sowa

Joe Napsha
| Friday, June 20, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Age: 36

Family: Husband, Mark; two children

Occupation: Assistant professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the orthopedics department; co-director of the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic Research

Education: Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Lafayette College; doctorate in biochemistry and degree in medicine, both from the University of Wisconsin

Background: Primarily investigates the role of mechanical forces and exercise-based therapies in disc degeneration and low back pain; treats outpatients with back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders at offices in Oakland and Bethel Park; conducts research into gene-based therapies for treating degenerative conditions of the spine

Noteworthy: Selected to receive the Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award, which provides two-year grants of $200,000 to assist young faculty in a career in the geriatrics aspect of their discipline

Quote: "We are very excited about this opportunity to gain a greater understanding (of low back pain) and impact the treatment of low back pain, which affects such a large proportion of our aging population. In conjunction with the already dynamic research in aging and low back pain at the University of Pittsburgh, it is our hope that we will be able to help patients maintain an active lifestyle with less pain."

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me