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Paul Jordan Christo, MD

Director, Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
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410-955-1818

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Titles

  • Director, Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Centers & Institutes

  • Blaustein Pain Treatment Center

Expertise

Anesthesiology, Back Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Decreased Ovarian Reserve, Disc Pain, Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Elevated, Hair Loss, Head Pain, In Vitro Fertilization, Narcolepsy, Neck Pain, Pain Management, Postherpetic Neuralgia, Sciatica, Shingles Pain, Spinal Pain

Research Interests

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Aging and Pain, Pain Education

Biography

Dr. Christo is a Harvard-trained anesthesiologist and Hopkins-trained pain medicine specialist. He directs the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and directed the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins for 5 years. Dr. Christo is an international lecturer, reviewer for pain journals, teacher, and published author in pain medicine. He has coordinated several continuing medical education programs that focus on educating both specialists and generalists. He is also experienced with implantations of pain pumps and spinal cord stimulators.

Dr. Christo was selected as a Mayday Foundation Pain and Society Fellow (2008-2009) during which he will engage in media and policy initiatives for the advancement of pain control (www.maydayfund.org). He has published on such topics as post herpetic neuralgia, opioid effectiveness in chronic pain, aging and addiction, cancer pain, and complex regional pain syndrome. He is investigating novel therapies for thoracic outlet syndrome, and studying the sexual side effects of chronic opioid therapy, pain medication prescription errors, and online educational modules for pain education.


Languages

  • English

Memberships

2004-2008 Editorial Advisory Board, Pain Physician
2009-present Associate Editor, Pain Physician
2004-present Consultant Reviewer, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
2005-present Ad Hoc Reviewer, The Clinical Journal of Pain
2006-present Peer Reviewer, Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists (Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance)
2006-present Manuscript Reviewer, Pain Medicine
2007-present Referee Panel for the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Journal, Pain Medicine
2007-present Editorial Board Member, The Open Geriatric Medicine Journal
2009-present Reviewer, The Journal of Pain

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Pelvic Pain

Additional Resources

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  • Education +

    Training

    • University of Louisville School of Medicine ( Louisville KY) (1995)

    Residencies

    • Massachusetts General Hospital / Anesthesiology ( Boston MA) (2000)
    • Harvard Medical School / Anesthesiology ( Boston MA) (1999)

    Fellowships

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pain Medicine ( Baltimore MD) (2001)
    • Massachusetts General Hospital / Anesthesiology ( Boston MA) (2000)

    Certifications

    • American Board of Anesthesiology / Pain Medicine (2013)
    • American Board of Anesthesiology / Anesthesiology (2012)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    1. Christo PJ, El-Mallakh RS: Role of endogenous Oubain-like compounds in the pathophysiology of bipolar illness. Med. Hypo. 1993; 41:378-383.
    2. Panlilio LM, Christo PJ, Raja SN: Current management of postherpetic neuralgia. The Neurologist 2002;8:339-350.
    3. Block BM, Christo PJ: Ketamine analgesia for the opioid-tolerant cancer patient. The International Journal of Pain Med. and Pall. Care 2003; 2:71-74.
    4. Cohen SP, Christo PJ, Moroz L: Pain management in trauma patients. American Journal of Phys. Med. and Rehab. 2004;83:142-161.
    5. Wu CL, Christo PJ, Richman JM, Hsu W: Postdural Puncture Headaches: An Overview. The International Journal of Pain Med. and Pall. Care 2004;3(2):53-59.
    6. Brown AK, Christo PJ, Wu CL: Strategies for postoperative pain management. Best Practice and Research Clin. Anaesthesiology 2004;18:703-717.
    7. Christo PJ, Hobelmann G, Sharma A: Aging and the Neurobiology of Addiction. Geriatrics and Aging 2005; 8 (10): 48-52.
    8. Christo PJ, Hobelmann G, Maine D: Post Herpetic Neuralgia in Older Adults: Evidence-Based Approaches to Clinical Management. Drugs and Aging 2007: 24 (1):1-19.
    9. Cohen SP, Hurley RW, Christo PJ, Winkley J, Mohiuddin MM, Stojanovic MP: Clinical Predictors of Success and Failure for Lumbar Facet Radiofrequency Denervation. The Clin. Journal of Pain 2007;23(1):45-52.
    10. Christo PJ: Interventional Approaches to Neuropathic Pain. Journal of The Transverse Myelitis Assoc. 2007; April, (2):41-49.
    11. Cohen SP, Christo PJ, Wang S, Chen L, Stojanovic MP, Shields CH, Brummett C, Mao J. The Effect of Opioid Dose and Treatment Duration on the Perception of a Painful Standardized Clinical Stimulus. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Med. 2008: May-June; 33(3):199-206.
    12. Gupta A, Christo PJ. Expert Opinion in Opioid Abuse and Addiction. The Journal for Nurse Practit.: February 2009: 5 (2): 132-134.
    13. Williams BS, Christo PJ. Obstructed Catheter Connection Pin discovered During Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Exchange. Clin. Journal of Pain 2009: March-April; 25 (3):256-259.
    14. Bennett JS, Christo PJ, Friedewald VE, Pool JL, Roberts WC, Scheiman JM, Simon LS, Strand V, White WB, Williams GW. American Journal of Journal of Cardiology Editors Consensus: Selective and Nonselective Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and Cardiovascular Risk. American Journal of Cardiology 2009 (in press).
    15. Wang J, Christo PJ: The Influence of Prescription Monitoring Programs on Chronic Pain Management. Pain Physician 2009;12.
    16. Carinci AJ, Christo PJ: Physician Impairment: Is Recovery Feasible? Pain Physician 2009;12.
    1. Dubois BW, Christo PJ: The placebo effect. In: J. Ballantyne, ed. The Mass. Gen. Hospital Handbook of Pain Management, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002.
    3. Christo PJ: Opioid effectiveness and side effects in chronic pain. In: Staats PS, ed. Anesthesiology Clinics of North America: Interventional Pain Management. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/W.B.Saunders, 2004, pp 699-713.
    4. Christo PJ, Raja SN: Complex regional pain syndrome. In: Wallace M, Staats PS, eds. Pain Medicine and Management: Just the Facts. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
    5. Christo PJ, Grabow TS, Raja SN: Opioid effectiveness, addiction, and depression in chronic pain. In: Clark MR, Treisman GJ (eds.): Pain and Depression. Advances in Psychosomatic Med., 2004;25:123-137.
    6. Grabow TS, Christo PJ, Raja SN: Complex regional pain syndrome: Diagnostic controversies, psychological dysfunction, and emerging concepts. In: Clark MR, Treisman GJ (eds.): Pain and Depression. Advances in Psychosomatic Med., 2004;25:89-101.
    7. Christo PJ, Hobelmann G: Migraine Headaches, Chronic Pancreatitis, Constipation/Obstipation in Pain Management. In: Kirsch JR, Sibell D (eds.): The 5 Minute Consult for Pain Management. Lippincott series, 2006.
    8. Christo PJ, Hobelmann G: Pelvic Pain. In: Smith HS (ed.): Current Therapy in Pain. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders, 2009.
    9. Christo PJ, Jones C: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In: Smith HS (ed.): Current Therapy in Pain. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders, 2009.
    10. Christo PJ, Cauley B: Post Herpetic Neuralgia. In: Smith HS (ed.): Current Therapy in Pain. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders, 2009.
    11. Christo PJ, Mazloomdoost D: Interventional Treatments for Cancer Pain. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, 1138: 299-328 (2008).
    12. Christo PJ, Mazloomdoost D: Cancer Pain and Analgesia. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences, 1138: 278-298 (2008).
    13. Williams BS, Christo PJ: Pharmacologic and Interventional Treatments for Neuropathic Pain. In: Zhang JM and Dobretsov M (eds.): Mech. of Pain in Peripheral Neuropathy. Transworld Research Network (in press).


  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    2003, 2006 Americas Top Physicians, Pain Medicine: Guide to Americas Top Physicians, Consumers Research Council of America.

    2007 Americas Top Anesthesiologists: Guide to Americas Top Anesthesiologists

    2007 Top Doctor in Pain Medicine/Anesthesiology: Baltimore Magazine, Top Doctors

    2007-2008 Best Doctors in America, Best Doctor physician

    2008 Americas Top Physicians, Anesthesiology: Guide to Americas Top Physicians, Consumers Research Council of America.

    2008-2009 Fellow, Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship Program: A Media and Policy Initiative (www.maydayfellows.org)

    Professional Activities

    Pain Assessment and Management Course, 2007, Johns Hopkins Medicine Interactive
    Development of online course and questions for physicians and nurses
    Development of online course and questions for allied healthcare professionals

    1. Neurolytic Procedures, Current Concepts in Cancer Pain Management Symposium, The Center for Cancer Pain Research at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD., November 2005
    2. How Do I Treat Neuropathic Pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Panel Discussant, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Orlando, FL., 2008.
    3. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: What It Is & How to Treat It, Dialogue With the Experts: An Exchange of Ideas. 25th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Honolulu, HI., January 2009.
    4. Christo PJ, Carinci AJ, Christo DK,Freischlag, JA: CT-guided Anterior Scalene Botulinum Toxin injection for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. 25th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Honolulu, HI., January 2009.
    5. Spinal Cord Stimulation: Indications and Evidence-Based Outcomes, Fourth Mediterranean Conference Against Pain, Menorca, Spain, May 2009
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  • Contact & Locations +

    Locations

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    550 North Broadway Room 301
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-7246
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-1818
    Fax: 410-502-6730
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-7246
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    Department/Division

    • Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine - Pain Medicine

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