Dr. Pablo Celnik is director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and physiatrist-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as vice chair for research in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, medical director of the outpatient neurorehabilitation program, and director of the Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory. He is internationally-recognized for his expertise in neurologic rehabilitation, particularly with stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Celnik's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying motor learning and motor recovery after brain lesions, and on developing new strategies to enhance motor recovery after stroke. As director of the Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory at Johns Hopkins, he has published more than 60 manuscripts in highly regarded journals and books. Dr Celnik's research has formed the foundational knowledge for the application of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, like transcranial magnetic and electric stimulation, to understand recovery after brain lesions, augment motor learning and desgin novel rehabilitation training interventions.
A native of Argentina, Dr. Celnik received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in neurology in Argentina and a fellowship in neurological rehabilitation at the University of Maryland. He also earned two research fellowships in the lab of Dr. Mark Hallett, first, and Dr. Leonardo G. Cohen later on, both at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the year 2000, he entered the PM&R residency program at Johns Hopkins, where he was ultimately appointed chief resident. Since 2003, he has been part of the Johns Hopkins faculty in the PM&R, neurology and neuroscience departments.
Dr. Celnik has received numerous prestigious awards. In particular, in 2010 he received from President Obama the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. He has also been awarded the 2010 Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician Scientist Award from the American Society of Neurorehabilitation; the Clinician Scientist Award from The Johns Hopkins University; the 2006 Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award from the American Geriatric Society; and the Young Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists for outstanding academic performance.
Dr. Celnik is an associate editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is actively involved in the Association of Academic Physiatrist, serving in the Advisory Board of the Rehabilitation Medicine Training Program (RMSTP) and on the Reseach Committee.