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April 16, 2015

Brubaker to step down


School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) Dean Clifford E. Brubaker is stepping down July 1 after almost 25 years at the helm of the school.

When Brubaker joined the School of Health Related Sciences, as it was known in 1991, it had about 300 students and $200,000 in research funding. Today, enrollment has nearly quintupled to 1,467 students and research expenditures have increased a hundredfold, to $23.3 million.

Named a Distinguished Service Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2014, Brubaker will remain on the faculty as a tenured professor.

Among his accomplishments, Brubaker is a founding member, fellow and former president of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America and a founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He was among the first class of fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Brubaker began Pitt’s rehabilitation-engineering research program and Center for Assistive Technology.

He holds joint faculty appointments in the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Department of Neurological Surgery in the School of Medicine.

Serving as interim dean will be Anthony Delitto, currently professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and associate dean for research in SHRS.

—Marty Levine