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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

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Appointment Phone: 443-997-5476

600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer Building 1-130
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Dr. Levan Atanelov is a part-time Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and director of the multidisciplinary Falls Prevention Clinic.

Dr. Atanelov specializes in nonsurgical 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. more


  • Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Falls Prevention 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

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2017)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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

Hoyer EH, Friedman M, Lavezza A, Wagner-Kosmakos K, Lewis-Cherry R, Skolnik JL, Byers SP, Atanelov L, Colantuoni E, Brotman DJ, Needham DM. Promoting mobility and reducing length of stay in hospitalized general medicine patients: A quality-improvement project. J Hosp Med. 2016 May;11(5):341-7. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2546.

Atanelov L, Stiens SA, Young MA. History of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Its Ethical Dimensions. AMA J Ethics. 2015 Jun 1;17(6):568-74. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2015.17.6.mhst1-1506.

González-Fernández M, Ottenstein L, Atanelov L, Christian AB. Dysphagia after Stroke: an Overview. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep. 2013 Sep;1(3):187-196.

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. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2152. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

Activities & Honors


  • Samuel Katims Scholar in Medical Humanism, American College of Medical Quality
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
  • Fellowship, Medical Quality Improvement and Safety, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins

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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