R.I. Hospital names Carayannopoulos chief of new physical and rehabilitation department

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Hospital announced Dr. Alexios Carayannopoulos as chief of its newly created physical medicine and rehabilitation department, a position he has held since December of 2018.

Carayannopoulos, an expert in clinical practice and research, is nationally known as a leader in both interventional spine and pain medicine, the hospital noted in an announcement about the appointment. Carayannopoulos serves as the medical director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at Rhode Island Hospital and Newport Hospital, and is division director of pain and rehabilitation medicine within the Rhode Island Hospital department of neurosurgery.

Carayannopoulos is also a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has served as a faculty member or visiting lecturer at various clinics and symposiums around the country and internationally. A widely published and award-winning clinician and researcher, he practiced and taught at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., and at the Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass., before joining Lifespan Corp. and Brown University in 2014.

The new department is focused on building upon existing patient programs to provide integrated, seamless patient care and to standardize care across the continuum with the goal of further reducing readmissions and improving patient outcomes.

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The department has 19 physiatrists who practice across Rhode Island Hospital departments, including the spine center, inpatient rehabilitation unit and the concussion center. Physiatrists also play a significant role in neurology, neurosurgery, stroke and cancer care.

“We are excited to have Dr. Carayannopoulos’s leadership as we endeavor to better align our physical medicine and rehabilitation services across the hospital,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, president of Rhode Island Hospital. “His proven record of leadership for the Comprehensive Spine Center and within the division of neurosurgery made him the ideal person to shape this new department and new era.”

Carayannopoulos is involved in clinical research on spinal cord stimulation and stem cell therapy. He is also a consultant in spinal cord stimulation, working with academia and industry to advance the field of neuromodulation through research and education.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.