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Pablo A. Celnik

CelnikPabloPABLO A. CELNIK, MD became the Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Chair and fourth Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and physiatrist-in-chief for The Johns Hopkins Hospital in June 2016. Prior, he served as medical director for the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Program, Director of the Human Brain Physiology Laboratory and vice chair for research for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

A native of Argentina, Dr. Celnik earned his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine. He began his postdoctoral studies in Buenos Aires and continued them in the United States, with fellowships at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes for Health. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 2003 at Johns Hopkins—distinguished by his selection as chief resident in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Celnik joined the faculty that year as an assistant professor, became associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation in 2009, and full professor in 2015.

His research interests have focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying motor learning and motor recovery after brain injury and on developing interventions and new strategies to enhance motor recovery after stroke. Dr. Celnik has published more than 70 manuscripts in highly regarded journals and has been recognized for this work in a number of ways, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, in 2010.