Dr. Pablo Celnik is the vice chair for research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the medical director of the Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Program and the director of the Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He originally joined Johns Hopkins as a resident in 2000, where he culminated his training as a chief resident and joined the department as an assistant professor in 2003. In 2009, he was promoted to associate professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology and Neuroscience.
Dr. Celnik’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying motor learning and motor recovery after brain lesions. The aim is to use this knowledge to develop and test new interventions to enhance motor function in healthy individuals and in patients with neurological damage. In this area, he has published several manuscripts in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, as well as chapters in prominent books. Dr. Celnik is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition, he is actively involved in the Association of Academic Physiatrist serving in the Advisory Board of the Rehabilitation Medicine Training Program (RMSTP) and the Program Committee.
Dr. Celnik has received numerous prestigious awards. In particular, he received in 2010 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. In addition, he was 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 has trained numerous undergrad, graduate and postdoctoral students, most of whom are either active clinicians or researchers in academic institutions. He has also organized numerous courses and seminars, and has been invited to lecture in different universities, and national and international meetings. Dr. Celnik earned his M.D. from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1990. He originally trained in neurology, followed by a fellowship in neurological rehabilitation at the University of Maryland and research training at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH.