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 2 journal editorial boards and reviews for several others, has published more than 60 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, American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society. 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 has appeared on XM Satellite Radio- Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Timothy Johnson- Good Morning America Health, Retirement Living Television, NPR-The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation, and U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun.
He is the host of Aches and Gains, the first talk show on pain and pain relief that airs weekly on WBAL Radio, 1090 AM. He is also the pain expert for the live Web Chat series on Pain Management, hosted by the Tribune newspapers and Baltimore Sun.
U.S. News & World Report lists him as a Top Doctor and among the top 1% in the nation for Pain Management, Becker’s ASC Review selected him as one of the 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in America, he is listed as a Super Doctor for the Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area, he was one of eight national pain experts to be selected as an American Academy of Pain Medicine/Pfizer Visiting Professor, and was one of six experts from the U.S. 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.