Pain Medicine

Care giver and child - Division of Pain Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The Division of Pain Medicine provides care for children with acute pain and chronic pain. Pain is a complex and unique experience that affects all areas of a child or adolescent’s life. Whether the pain is caused by a chronic illness or has an unknown cause, it can impact relationships, school, mood, sleep, family life and everyday responsibilities.

Our Division brings together a multispecialty team of doctors, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers to meet the special needs of each child facing pain issues or a chronic illness.

Programs and Services


Our Division provides extensive educational and administrative assistance to the hospital. We are actively involved in the education of residents, fellows, nurses, psychologists, social workers and spiritual care providers.

We also provide input or oversight on the development, implementation and ongoing assessment of all pain educational programs at the hospital, in order to minimize any discomfort and distress patients and families may experience.


    Research and quality improvement are critical components of the Division of Pain Medicine’s treatments. Throughout the year, the Division conducts multiple research studies focusing on the effectiveness of treatments and procedures—studies that often lead to changes that improve short- and long-term outcomes.

    Current research interests include:

    • Pediatric Chronic and Acute Pain Management
    • Pediatric Regional Anesthesia, including Neuraxial & Peripheral Nerve Blocks
    • Pediatric Anesthesiology and Neuroanesthesia
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Other Causes of Neuropathic Pain
    • Back, Extremity, Joint, and Abdominal Pain
    • Chronic Migraines and Headaches
    • Perioperative and Postoperative Pain
    • Difficult Airway Management
    • Solid Organ Transplant Surgery
    • Fetal Surgery
    • Blood Transfusions
    • Virtual Reality for Pediatric Pain Distraction
    • Animal Assisted Therapy