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Paul J Christo, MD, MBA
Associate Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

About Paul J Christo, MD, MBA

Paul Christo, MD, MBA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Dr. Christo is a board certified, Harvard-trained anesthesiologist and Hopkins-trained pain medicine specialist. He directed the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for 8 years, and directed the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Hopkins for 5 years.

Dr. Christo is an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally, serves on 4 journal editorial boards and reviews for several others, has published more than 90 articles and book chapters, co-edited 3 textbooks on pain, and actively teaches medical students, residents, and pain fellows. He has been a course director or coordinator for many CME (continuing medical education) programs that focus on educating both specialists and generalists on important aspects of pain diagnosis and treatment.

He has served on Advisory Boards for the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society (APS). He has also earned an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Health Care Management.

Dr. Christo specializes in treating patients with persistent pain in the spine, cancer pain, neuropathic pain (reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome), shingles pain (post herpetic neuralgia), post surgical pain, and thoracic outlet syndrome. Further, Dr. Christo is experienced in performing implantations of pain pumps and spinal cord stimulators for the treatment of unrelenting pain. He also has expertise in clinical anesthesia, epidural placement, and spinal anesthesia.

His current areas of research interest include the use of botulinum toxin for thoracic outlet syndrome, pain in older adults, the mechanisms of spinal cord stimulation, and the application of online educational modules for pain education.

Dr. Christo is the host of Aches and Gains, the first nationally syndicated radio show on overcoming pain that airs weekly on Sirius XM Radio. He has appeared on radio/television/and in print:  XM Satellite Radio with Dr. Mehmet Oz, Lifetime TV’s–The Balancing Act, Dr. Timothy Johnson–Good Morning America Health, Retirement Living Television, and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation, as well as U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun.

U.S. News & World Report lists Dr. Christo as a Top Doctor and among the top 1% in the nation for Pain Management, Becker’s ASC Review selected him as 1 of the 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in America, and he is listed as a Super Doctor for the Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area. He was 1 of 8 national pain experts to be selected as an AAPM/Pfizer Visiting Professor, and was 1 of 6 experts from the US and Canada to participate in the Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship Program, raising awareness about the importance of pain control with the media and policymakers.


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