Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan Physician Group; Medical Director, Comprehensive Spine Center at Rhode Island and Newport Hospitals

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Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH, FAAPMR, FAAOE, FFSMB is chief of the departments of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rhode Island Hospital and Newport Hospital, and chief of the division of physical medicine and rehabilitation of Lifespan Physician Group. He also is medical director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at Rhode Island and Newport hospitals, and is a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Carayannopoulos is board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as in pain medicine. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and his fellowship in pain medicine at Dartmouth Medical School/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and obtained special certification in medical acupuncture from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Carayannopoulos served in the U.S. Navy from 1995 through 2007 as a qualified submarine officer, qualified diving officer, and qualified medical officer specializing in dive medicine and radiation health. Before coming to Rhode Island Hospital, he was medical director of the spine center within the department of neurosurgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, Lahey North in Peabody, Massachusetts, and medical director of the Lahey at Emerson Spine Program in Concord, Massachusetts. 

Dr. Carayannopoulos is internationally known as a leader in rehabilitation, interventional spine treatment, and pain medicine. He holds leadership roles for several national and international committees, serving on the board of directors of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience; president of the Rhode Island Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; vice president of the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners; co-chair of the International Neuromodulation Society Young Neuromodulator Committee; vice-chair of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Neuromodulation Special Interest Group; and member-at-large on the American Academy of Physical Medicine Evidence Committee and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Research Committee.  He is on the editorial board of multiple peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neuromodulation Journal

Dr. Carayannopoulos is active in clinical research and is the principal and co-investigator on numerous neuromodulation studies, as well as studies using EEG in chronic pain patients, neuro-biologic mediators in chronic pain and PTSD, and use of orthotics in rehabilitation medicine. He is the editor of Comprehensive Pain Management in the Rehabilitation Patient, a seminal medical textbook published by Springer Press in 2018. He is extensively published in the scientific literature and is frequently invited to lecture at conferences nationally and internationally. He is a consultant in spinal cord stimulation and works with both academia and industry to advance the field of neuromodulation through research and education. 

Dr. Carayannopoulos serves on many local committees through his advocacy work at the Rhode Island State House to help educate the community on non-opioid pain treatment. He is a strong believer in an interdisciplinary approach to pain management and regularly incorporates integrative medicine in his treatment approach. He was appointed to the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline in 2018. He appears regularly in local and national media as an expert in rehabilitation and pain medicine. 


Pain Management
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Areas of Expertise

Comprehensive Spine Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Stimulation

Hospital Affiliations


Medical School:Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Residency:Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Fellowship:Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Meet Dr. Alexios Carayannopoulos