Mikhail Zhukalin, D.O.

Professor of Orthopaedics

Emory University School of Medicine

Phone: 404-778-7000

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

59 Executive Park South
Suite 3000

Atlanta, GA 30329


  • Undergraduate School, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, 2007
  • Medical School, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa, 2011
  • Internship, Midwestern University / St.James Hospital, Olympia Fields, Illinois, 2012
  • Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, 2015
  • Fellowship, Northwestern University / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2016


Dr. Mikhail (Misha) Zhukalin was born and raised in Russia, and came to the US at the age of 16. He attended Boise State University where he received bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with honors. He completed his medical education at Des Moines University receiving Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.

Dr. Zhukalin completed his residency training in Physical Medical & Rehabilitation at Emory University, where he received several honors and awards  including resident of the year (2014), best resident research (2013, 2014), and served as a Chief Resident (2014-2015). He then completed additional year of subspecialty training in Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine at Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, before returning back to Atlanta to join Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center.

Dr. Zhukalin’ s interests include non-operative management of painful conditions, particularly of the spine and joints, minimally invasive interventional procedures, restoration of functional ability and quality of life through multidisciplinary approach, as well as developing tools for improving healthcare quality.

Honors and Awards

  • The Scholl Recognition Award for Rehabilitation Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 06/2016
  • Chief Resident 2014-2015
  • Resident of the year award - 6/2014
  • Best project award, Emory University “Science of GME” day, 6/2015
  • Project title: “Rational Prescribing in an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility: a 3-year Quality Improvement Project”
  • Best resident research award, Emory PM&R residency program, 6/2013, 6/2014
  • General Research and Literature Review Category award at American Geriatric Society conference 5/2014
  • Specialty Recognition Award, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 05/2011
  • Merit Scholarship (based on academic performance), Des Moines University 2007-2011
  • International Medicine - completed a 4-week rotation in Moscow, Russia 08/2009
  • Health and Medical Science Papers category winner at the 49th annual Idaho Academy of Science meeting for presentation “Benzothiazol inhibitors of carbonyl reductase” (2007)
  • Boise State University Outstanding Achievement in Research award (2007)
  • Boise State University nomination for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship (2007)
  • Golden Key International Honor Society academic recognition (2006)
  • Advanced Chemistry Summer Research Fellowship (2006)
  • National Institute of Health Biomedical Research Fellowship (2005)