• Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH

    Bio

    Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH, is an osteopathic physician who is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine. He is the medical director of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's Spine Center, which specializes in comprehensive spine care including surgical and non-surgical approaches. He completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his fellowship in the Department of Anesthesia at Dartmouth Medical School and Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire.

    Additionally, Dr. Carayannopoulos is a Harvard trained medical acupuncturist and US Navy trained specialist in Diving and Undersea Medicine. He is a 12 year veteran of the US Navy Medical Corps. Dr. Carayannopoulos is proficient in Greek, French, Spanish, and Italian.

    Selected Papers

    • Burke DT, Geller AI, Carayannopoulos AG, Inadvertent Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Placement through the Transverse Colon to the Stomach Causing Intractable Diarrhea: A Case Report, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy, 2011; Article ID 849460, 5 pages doi:10.1155/2011/849460
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Borg-Stein J, Sokolof J, Meleger A, Rosenberg D. Prolotherapy versus corticosteroid therapy for the treatment of chronic lateral epicondylitis, a randomized controlled trial. PMR, 2011; 3: 706-715.
    • Hazard R, Spratt KF, McDonough CM, Carayannopoulos AG, LR Sussman LR, Reeves V, Sperry ML, Ossen ES. Does function goal achievement improve prediction of patient satisfaction with treatment outcome at 1 year following functional restoration. Spine Journal. 2009; 34 (25): 2797-802.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Beasley R, Sites BR. Facilitation of percutaneous trial lead placement with ultrasound guidance for peripheral nerve stimulation trial of ilio-inguinal neuralgia: a technical note. Neuromodulation. 2009; 12 (9) 296-301.
    • Hwang S, Carayannopoulos AG, Raval A. Lumbosacral Intervertebral Disc Disease. In Epocrates. Jan 2009 -2010.
      Carayannopoulos AG, Cravero JP, Stinson MT, et al. Use of regional blockade to facilitate inpatient rehabilitation of recalcitrant complex regional pain syndrome. PMR 2009; 1: 194-198.
    • Carayannopoulos AG. Teaching case: Occipital Neuralgia in a Young Patient. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. 2007; 47, (9): 1367-1370.
    • Shah MK, Carayannopoulos AG, Burke DT, Al-Adawi S. A Comparison of functional outcomes in hypoxia and traumatic brain injury: A pilot study. J Neurol Sci 2007 May 28.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Borg-Stein J. Persistent unilateral lumbosacral pain in a female adolescent athlete. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2006; 38 (5): S131
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Borg Stein JP. Shoulder pain secondary to suprascapular neuropathy. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. 2005; 37: 5, S8.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Borg-Stein JP. Low back pain of pregnancy associated with vascular engorgement of the epidural venous plexus: a case report. Am J Phys Med Rehab, 2005 84(3): 209.
    • Burke DT, Carayannopoulos AG. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement though the transverse colon of stomach causing intractable diarrhea: a case report. Am J Phys Med Rehab, 2005 84(3): 222.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Burke DT, Al-Adawi S, Dorvlo ASS, Shah MK, Mello JJ. The effect of methylphenidate on attention in acquired brain injury as recorded by useful field of view. Neurology and Rehabilitation. 2004, Sept.; 4: S20.

    Clinical Trials

    Active

    The EMP³OWER™ Study: Eon Mini™ Study - Product Options for Wellness, Effectiveness and Relief; a Multi-Centered Evaluation of Patients with Chronic Pain of the Trunk and/or Limbs Using Paddle Lead(s)  

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    Alexios G. Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH
    Medical Director, Spine Center
    Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery
    41 Mall Road, 7 Central
    Burlington, MA 01805
    Email: Alexios.G.Carayannopoulos@Lahey.org
    Phone: 781-744-2974 Fax: 781-744-3547 Pager: 781-256-8795

    Current Employment:

    08/2007 – present
    Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA
    Medical Director, Spine Center, Department of Neurosurgery
    Medical Director, Lahey at Emerson Spine Program at Emerson Hospital

    Lahey Committee Involvement:  

    • Lahey Website Steering Committee: 2009-2010
    • Lahey Personnel Committee: 2010 - present
    • Lahey Pain Committee: 2010 – present
    • Lahey Studer Committee: 2011- present

    Past Employment: 

    • 07/2006 – 06/30/2007 Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H., House-staff, (Fellow), Department of Anesthesiology
       
    • 05/2005 – 07/2007, HealthSouth, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, Woburn, MA , Physician, (Moonlighter) Department of Medicine
       
    • 10/2005 – 07/2007, HealthSouth, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Braintree MA, Physician, (Moonlighter) Department of Medicine
       
    • 07/2003 – 06/06, Harvard Medical School / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA, House-staff (Resident), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
       
    • 07/2003 – 06/30/2007, United States Navy Reserve, Medical Corps, New Orleans, LA, Medical Officer, LCDR, Inactive Ready Reserve
       
    • 01/2001 – 06/2003, US Navy, Commander Submarine Squadron Two-Two, La Maddalena, Italy, Department Head, Submarine and Diving Medicine, Radiation Health
      Medical Liaison, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, “Aquarius Mission”, 2002
       
    • 07/1994 – 06/1995, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD, Research Assistant, Department of Health Policy and Management
      Project: “Survey of public health practice among schools of public health”
       
    • 08/1992 – 06/1994, Harvard Medical School, Channing Laboratory, Boston, MA, Research Assistant, Department of Anaerobic Bacteriology Project: “Passive transfer of antibiotic induced protection in a rat model of intra-abdominal sepsis”
       
    • 09/1990 – 05/1992, American Ambulance, Norwich, CT, EMT
       
    • 06/1990 – 05/1991, Connecticut College, New London, CT, Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry Project: “Chemi-luminescence of firefly luciferin”

    Graduate Medical Education:  

    • 07/6006 – 06/2007, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon N.H., Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine

    • Fellow: Pain Medicine

    • Committee Member: Professional Practice TLC, New Hampshire Pain Initiative 
    • 07/2003 – 06/2006, Harvard Medical School, Department of PM&R, Boston, MA
    • Resident: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 07/2003 – 06/2006
    • Chief Resident, 01/2004 – 01/2005
    • Committee Member, Harvard PM&R Residency Selection Board, 2004 – 2005
    • Editorial Board Member, Regional Managing Editor “Rehab in Review”
    • Information Systems Liaison, AAPMR Resident Physician Council
    • Table Trainer, HMS CME Course: “Introduction to Osteopathic Manipulative
      Medicine”, 08/2004
    • Lecturer, HMS CME Course: “Introduction to Osteopathic Manipulative
      Medicine”, 08/2005

      10/2004 – 06/2005
      Harvard Medical School, Division of Continuing Medical Education 
       
    • 300 hour course: “Structural Acupuncture for Physicians”
    • Medical Acupuncturist, 06/2005

      07/2000 – 06/2003
      US Navy Medical Corps (Active Duty)
      Naval Undersea Medical Institute, Groton, CT 

       
    • Naval Certification: “Submarine Warfare Medical Officer”, 01/2002
    • Thesis: “Osteopathic Considerations of Submarine Medicine”
    • Naval Undersea Medical Institute, Groton, CT
    • Navy Undersea Medical Officer Candidate, 07/2000– 12/2000
    • Naval Certification: “Navy Undersea Medical Officer”, 12/2000
      Naval Dive and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, FL
    • Navy Diver, Navy Diving Medical Officer Candidate 08/2000 – 11/2000
    • Naval Certification: “Navy Diving Medical Officer”, 11/2000

      06/1999 – 06/2000
      National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
    • Intern, Transitional Medicine, 06/1999 – 07/2000

    Medical Education:

    • Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    • Medical Student, 07/1997 – 05/1999 (direct transfer to 3rd year clinical studies)
    • Degree: D.O., 05/1999
    • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY, Medical Student, 08/1995 – 07/1997

    Graduate Education:

    • Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD
    • Graduate Student, 07/1994 – 06/1995
    • Degree: M.P.H., 06/1995, Focus in Health Policy & Management, Epidemiology

    Undergraduate Education:

    • Connecticut College
    • Student, 08/1988 – 06/1992
    • Degree: B.A., 06/1992, Major: English Literature, Minor: Chemistry

    Licensure:

    • Full Medical License, Massachusetts (active)
    • Full Medical License, Florida (inactive/expired)
    • Training License, New Hampshire (inactive/expired)

    Training License, Virginia (inactive/expired)  

    Professional Societies:  

    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Medical Association
    • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Massachusetts Pain Initiative
    • New Hampshire Pain Initiative
    • American Academy of Pain Medicine
    • North American Spine Society
    • Massachusetts Medical Society
    • American Neuromodulation Society
    • International Spine Intervention Society

    Academic Accomplishments/Awards:  

    • People’s Choice Award: 2007, 2008, 2010
    • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, First Place
    • Resident Writing Award: “Prolotherapy vs. corticosteroid therapy for the treatment of chronic lateral epicondylitis, a Pilot Study”, 2007
    • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Finalist,
    • Resident Writing Award: “Low Back Pain of Pregnancy Associated with Vascular Engorgement of the Epidural venous Plexus: A Case Report”, 2004
    • United States Navy, Health Professions Scholarship, 1995 – 1999
    • Hellenic Medical Society of New York, Academic Merit Scholarship, 1995
    • Johns Hopkins University, Academic Merit Scholarship, 1994
    • Connecticut College, Graduation with “Distinction in Major Field”, 1992 

    Military Education/Honors: 

    • US Navy Dive & Salvage Training Center, 10/2000, Graduation with Honors, Navy
      Diver,
    • US Navy Submarine School, 12/2000, Graduation with Honors, Navy Submarine
      Officer
    • US Navy Officer Indoctrination School, 08/1997, Graduation with Honors, Navy Officer
    • US Navy Medical Corps, 06/1995, Appointment, US Navy Ensign

      Military Accomplishments/Awards: 
       
    • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
    • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
    • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal
    • National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star)
    • Iraq Campaign Medal
    • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 
    •  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    • Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon 
    •  NATO Kosovo Medal
    • Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon
    • Navy Expert Pistol Medal

      Athletic Accomplishments/Awards: 
       
    • “MVP”, Connecticut College Varsity Men’s Swim Team, 1988 – 1992.
    • “Top 10 since 1993”, United States Masters Swimming, New England Masters

      Hobbies:

      Weight-lifting, Running, Swimming, Diving, Woodworking

    Volunteer Service:  

    • Sports Medicine Liaison, Italian youth soccer league, “Calcio
      Sardegna Giovanile”, Olbia, Italy (05/2001 – 06/2003)
    • Administrative assistant, SE Connecticut AIDS Project (09/1989 - 05/1992) 
    Lectures: 
    • “Prolotherapy for Treatment of Musculoskeletal Pain”: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Physician’s Grand Rounds. Boston, MA: 5/18/2005.
    • “Rehabilitation in Military Medicine”: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Resident Didactic Lecture Series. Boston, MA 6/14/2005.
    • “History of Pain Legislation”: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Grand Rounds. Boston, MA: 5/19/2006.
    • “Prolotherapy for Treatment of Ligamentous Instability”: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Interdisciplinary Pain Rounds. Lebanon, NH: 11/16/2006.
    • “Sacroiliac Joint Pain”: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, Section of Pain Medicine Lecture Series. Lebanon, NH: 12/21/2006.
    • “The Exercise Prescription in Spine Care”: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics Spine Center Grand Rounds. Lebanon, NH: 1/25/2007.
    • “Introduction to Electrodiagnostic Medicine”: Department of Anesthesia, Section of Pain Medicine Lecture Series. Lebanon, NH: 2/5/2007.
    • “Spasticity”: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, Section of Pain Medicine Lecture Series. Lebanon, NH: 2/22/2007.
    • “Introduction to Gait Analysis”: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, Section of Pain Medicine Lecture Series. Lebanon, NH: 3/29/2007.
    • “Psychiatric Diseases and Chronic Pain”: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics Spine Center Grand Rounds: 6/21/2008.
    • “Epidural Steroids: The Truth Behind the Myth”: Lahey Clinic, Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds. Burlington, MA: 1/30/2008.
    • “Introduction to Interventional Spine Medicine”: Lahey Clinic, Department of Rehabilitation Services Grand Rounds. Peabody, MA: 3/20/2008.
    • “Comprehensive Spine Care”: Lahey Clinic, Department of Neurology Grand Rounds. Burlington, MA: 4/24/2008.
    • “Facet Blocks and Radiofrequency Denervation”: Lahey Clinic, Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Burlington, MA: 10/22/2008.
    • “Core Stabilization. What is it, Why is it Important?”: Lahey Clinic Wellness Lecture Series, Burlington MA: 4/7/2009.
    • “Advances in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Spine”: Lahey Clinic North Community Lecture Series, Peabody MA: 4/30/2009.
    • “Comprehensive Spine Care” Lahey Clinic North, Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, Peabody MA: 5/18/2009.
    • “Spinal Care at Emerson Hospital” Lincoln Council on Aging, Lincoln, MA: 5/20/2010.
    • “Spinal Cord Simulation for Diabetic Neuropathy”, Emerson Hospital Diabetic Education Group Forum, Concord, MA: 8/20/2010.
    • “Introduction to Spinal Cord Stimulation”: Emerson Hospital Physical Therapy Grand Rounds, Concord, MA: 11/11/2010.
    • “Review of Spine Center Evaluation and Treatment Paradigm”: Lahey Clinic Burlington, PT/OT Grand Rounds, Burlington, MA 6/20/2011.
    Editorial Boards:
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal
    • British Medical Journal, Point of Care
    • AAPMR, Knowledge Now
    Medical Research - Presented/Submitted Abstracts: 
    • Cisneros RL, Carayannopoulos AG, Onderdonk AB. Passive transfer of betafectin induced mortality associated with intra-abdominal sepsis. Annual Meeting for the American Society for Microbiology, 04/1994.
    • Cisneros RL, Carayannopoulos AG, Onderdonk AB. Efficacy of passive transfer of pgg- glucan induced protection against mortality associated with experimental intraabdominal sepsis. Annual Meeting of the International Symposium of Intestinal Micro ecology, 09/1993.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Meleger A. A case of transient global amnesia from musculoskeletal exam. European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Madrid Spain, 05/2006.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Beasley RD, Sites BD. Use of Ultrasound Guidance for Placement of Percutaneous Trial Leads for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation of Ilio-inguinal Neuralgia. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Orlando Florida 02/2008.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Sites BD, Cravero JP, Stinson MT. Use of Coordinated PT/OT and Peripheral nerve block for inpatient treatment of recalcitrant CRPS, type 1. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Orlando, Florida 02/2008. 
    Book Chapters: 
    • Gronemeyer J, Carayannopoulos AG, A Review of Osteopathic Medicine. In: Audette J, Bailey A. Integrative Pain Medicine; Humana Press, 2008.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Rosenberg D. Thoracic Strain /Sprain. In: Frontera WR. Silver JK, editors. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Philadelphia Hanley & Belfus. 2008. 
    Publications: 
    • Burke DT, Geller AI, Carayannopoulos AG, "Inadvertent Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Placement through the Transverse Colon to the Stomach Causing Intractable Diarrhea: A Case Report," Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy, 2011; 2011, Article ID 849460, 5 pages
      doi:10.1155/2011/849460
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Borg-Stein J, Sokolof J, Meleger A, Rosenberg D. Prolotherapy versus corticosteroid therapy for the treatment of chronic lateral epicondylitis, a randomized controlled trial. PMR. 2011; 3: 706-715.
    • Hazard R, Spratt KF, McDonough CM, Carayannopoulos AG, LR Sussman LR, Reeves V, Sperry ML, Ossen ES. Does function goal achievement improve prediction of patient satisfaction with treatment outcome at 1 year following functional restoration. Spine Journal. 2009; 34 (25): 2797-802.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Beasley R, Sites BR. Facilitation of percutaneous trial lead placement with ultrasound guidance for peripheral nerve stimulation trial of ilio-inguinal neuralgia: a technical note. Neuromodulation. 2009; 12 (9) 296-301.
    • Hwang S, Carayannopoulos AG, Raval A. Lumbosacral Intervertebral Disc Disease. In Epocrates. Jan 2009 -2010.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Cravero JP, Stinson MT, et al. Use of regional blockade to facilitate inpatient rehabilitation of recalcitrant complex regional pain syndrome. Journal PMR 2009; 1: 194-198.
    • Carayannopoulos AG. Teaching case: Occipital Neuralgia in a Young Patient.
      Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. 2007; 47, (9): 1367-1370.
    • Shah MK, Carayannopoulos AG, Burke DT, Al-Adawi S. A Comparison of functional outcomes in hypoxia and traumatic brain injury: A pilot study. J Neurol Sci 2007 May 28.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Borg-Stein J. Persistent unilateral lumbosacral pain in a female adolescent athlete. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2006; 38 (5): S131
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Borg Stein JP. Shoulder pain secondary to suprascapular neuropathy. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. 2005; 37: 5, S8.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Borg-Stein JP. Low back pain of pregnancy associated with vascular engorgement of the epidural venous plexus: a case report. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 2005 84(3): 209.
    • Burke DT, Carayannopoulos AG. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement though the transverse colon of stomach causing intractable diarrhea: a case report. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 2005 84(3): 222.
    • Carayannopoulos AG, Burke DT, Al-Adawi S, Dorvlo ASS, Shah MK, Mello JJ. The effect of methylphenidate on attention in acquired brain injury as recorded by useful field of view. Neurologie and Rehabilitation. 2004, Sept.; 4: S20.

       
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