It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Pablo Celnik will be the new Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), effective immediately. He succeeds Dr. Rebecca German who served in this role from 2005 to 2010. Dr. Celnik is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of PM&R, Neurology, and Neuroscience. He serves as Director of the Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory and Medical Director of the Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Program. Dr Celnik’s research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying motor learning and motor recovery after brain lesions, and on developing and testing new strategies to enhance motor recovery after stroke. He serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of PM&R and the Advisory Board of the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program.
Dr Celnik has received numerous awards for his pioneering research on human brain physiology. Of note, he received “The 2010 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. In addition, he has received the 2010 Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician Scientist Award from the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, a Clinician Scientist Award from 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. During his training he also received the 1997 Fellows Award for Research Excellence from the National Institute of Health and the 2003 ERF New Investigator Award from the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Celnik on his new role, and thanking Dr. Rebecca German for her outstanding contributions to the department as the prior Vice-Chair for Research. Thank you very much.
Jeffrey B. Palmer, M.D.