Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH

Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rhode Island and Newport hospitals and Lifespan Physician Group

Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH, DABPMR, 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 is also a physician at the Norman Prince Spine Institute, 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. He earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. He spent 13 years as a US Navy Diver and Submarine Officer and is a specialist in undersea medicine and radiation health. Finally, he obtained special certification in medical acupuncture from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Carayannopoulos is internationally known as a leader in rehabilitation, interventional spine treatment, and pain medicine. He was recently elected President of the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners and elected to a prestigious leadership position on the Federation of State Medical Boards. He is President of the Rhode Island Society of Pain Physicians, Chair of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine special interest group on neuromodulation, and a Board Member of the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience. Finally, he holds leadership roles on committees with multiple national and international societies.

Dr Carayannopoulos has been awarded Top Doctor in physical medicine and rehabilitation each year from 2017 to 2021 by Castle Connolly, a national research company which polls doctors to find out who they would see if they were sick. He was appointed to the Rhode Island Boards of Medical Licensure and Discipline, as well as Occupational Therapy by Governor Gina Raimondo and continues to serve the Rhode Island public in these roles. He has published numerous articles, has been a frequent guest speaker at national and international medical meetings, and has been interviewed by the press regarding his professional expertise on multiple occasions.



Norman Prince Spine Institute, Providence
690 Eddy St.
Providence, RI 02903


  • 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