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Levan Atanelov, M.D.

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Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Falls Prevention Program

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Languages: English, Georgian, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish

Expertise: Patient Safety and Risk Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Prevention of Frailty, Spasticity Management

Research Interests: Interventions to Reduce Falls in the Elderly


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer Building 1-130
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Levan Atanelov is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the multidisciplinary Falls Prevention Clinic.

Dr. Atanelov specializes in non-surgical orthopaedic medicine and rehabilitation, falls prevention and spasticity management. He is also devoted to improvement of medical quality and safety and is a part of the public health project on reducing falls after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation units.

He also serves as an attending physician at the inpatient rehabilitation units at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bayview Medical Center and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. more


  • Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Falls Prevention Program
  • Assistant Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program
  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



  • MD, University of California San Diego School of Medicine (2011)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2015)

Board Certifications

  • Pending/Scheduled / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Atanelov L. editor. Resident's Handbook of Medical Quality and Safety. Springer 2016.

Atanelov L, Fibromyalgia, Sackheim K ed, In Pain Management and Palliative Care: A Comprehensive Guide. Springer 2015

Hsu E*, Atanelov L*, Plunket AR., Chai N, Chen Y, Cohen SP. Epidural Lysis of Adhesions for Failed Back Surgery and Spinal Stenosis: Factors Associated with Treatment Outcome. Anesth Analg. 2014 118:215-24. [*Note: first two authors contributed equally and share first authorship, see article].

Cohen SP, Atanelov L, Ramasubbu C, Amasha R, Kurihara C, Verdun A, Stambaugh T. Can changes in vital signs be used to predict the response to lumbar facet blocks and radiofrequency denervation? A prospective correlational study. Reg Anesth Pain Med 2014;39: 333–340.

Hoyer EH, Needham DM, Atanelov L, Knox B, Friedman M, Brotman DJ. Association of impaired functional status at hospital discharge and subsequent rehospitalization. J Hosp Med. 2014 May;9(5):277-82.

Mayer RS, Oliphant S, Atanelov L. Quality improvement/patient safety issues relevant to rehabilitation. PM&R Knowledge NOW/American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Published 09/20/2013

González-Fernández M, Ottenstein L, Atanelov L, Christian AB. Dysphagia after Stroke: an Overview. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep. 2013 1:187–196.

Atanelov L, Rad R, Xu Q, Lee C. Targeting alternatively spliced sequence features for cancer diagnosis and therapy; J Gastroenterol. 2005 40:S14-20

Lee C, Atanelov L, Modrek B, Xing Y; ASAP: The Alternative Splicing Annotation Project; Nucleic Acids Res. 2003 31:101-5

Activities & Honors


  • American College of Medical Quality Katims Scholarship in Medical Humanism
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
  • Fellowship, Medical Quality Improvement and Safety, the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins, 2013 - 2014

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Falls and Fall Prevention Webinar 

One in three community-dwelling adults aged 65 and older fall each year. Join Johns Hopkins neurootologist Yuri Agrawal and physiatrist Levan Atanelov discuss the impact of falls, factors that incrasae falls and the key strategies for fall prevention.


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