Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Gwendolyn A. Sowa, MD, PhD

  • Co-director, Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic Research
  • Chair, Department of Physical Medicine, School of Medicine

Dr. Gwendolyn Sowa received a PhD in Biochemistry in 1997 and a degree in medicine in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. She completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern Medical School in 2004. She joined the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics in 2005 as an assistant professor.

Education & Training

  • MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI
  • Residency: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Research Interests

Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopedic and Spine Research

Dr. Sowa is codirector of the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic Research and has an active research program investigating the role of mechanical forces in disc degeneration. Dr. Sowa is an award winning researcher and has presented her findings at international conferences and symposia.