Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), Johns Hopkins
Cardinal Lawrence Shehan Professor, Department of PMR, Johns Hopkins
Professor, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins
Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins
Director, Human Brain Physiology Laboratory, Johns Hopkins
Medical Director, Outpatient Neurorehabilitation
Program, PMR Department, Johns Hopkins
Vice Chair for Research, PMR Department, Johns Hopkins






Dr. Celnik is the Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professor and Interim Director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Physiatrist-in-Chief in the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also serves as the Director of Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory and holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience.

His research is focused on studying the physiological mechanisms underlying motor learning and developing interventions to enhance motor function in humans. The aim is to understand how does the central nervous system control and learn to perform new motor actions in healthy individuals and in patients with neurological conditions such as stroke. Using this knowledge, the ultimate goal is to develop strategies to enhance motor function in neurological patients.

Dr Celnik is originally from Argentina where he underwent his medical education and training in neurology. In addition, he completed a fellowship in Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Maryland, followed by residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Celnik research training was done at the NINDS, NIH under the mentorship of Dr Leonardo Cohen and supported by the “Rehabilitation Medicine Scientific Training Program” (RMSTP).

Dr. Celnik has an extensive publication track record with more than 50 peer review publications in high regarded scientific journals and more than 10 chapters and books. He is the principal investigators of two R01s and has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2003. Dr. Celnik has received numerous prestigious awards, including “The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)”, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers; the “Outstanding Clinician Scientist Award” from the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and the “Young Academician Award” from the Association of Academic Physiatrist for outstanding academic performance.

Dr. Celnik has trained numerous graduates and postdoctoral students many of whom have joined prestigious academic institutions nationally and internationally pursuing successful research programs.

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