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Christine Peterson, MD

Anesthesiology, Pain Management
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About Dr. Peterson

Dr. Christine Peterson is a pain management specialist within the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management and board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. She takes a systemic approach to complex pain conditions through optimizing overall health and wellness, with a focus on integrative and non-pharmacologic approaches to pain. She is the program director for the HSS Opioid Overdose Prevention Program and a member of the Hospital’s palliative care team.

Dr. Peterson has been practicing at HSS since 2012 and served as the Director of Inpatient Pain Medicine Services. She is a graduate of Memorial Sloan Kettering's Pain and Palliative Care fellowship program and completed an internal medicine residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine.


Specialized Centers

Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury

Special Expertise

Chronic pain

Patient Stories


If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Assistant Attending Physician in Anesthesiology, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Instructor in Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


Internal Medicine (2005), Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2010)


Medical: State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Internship: Internal Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
Residency: Internal Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital
Fellowship: Pain and Palliative Care, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

State Licensure



For My Patients

This practice is focused on taking a lifestyle and wellness approach to complex, chronic or recurring pain conditions. It is not prescription or medication based. It is targeted towards people motivated to overhaul their diet and lifestyle to improve their health, leading to a reduction in pain symptoms over time. Assessment includes a complete intake of health and pain history and all factors that relate to a person’s lifestyle. This includes evaluation of a person’s diet, activity, stress management practices, sleep habits and social and emotional aspects of a person’s life, which can all impact health. The approach centers on the premise that optimized nutrition and lifestyle factors support the body's ability to heal with minimal to no physical intervention in many chronic conditions.

What to expect from visits: The first visit will include spending about an hour with Dr. Peterson reviewing your questionnaires, health history and physical exam. After the exam, initial dietary and lifestyle recommendations will be made and recommended tests and bloodwork will be suggested, including inflammatory and dietary markers of health.

Follow up visits will take place over telehealth and will be for approximately 30 minutes. This will include a review of bloodwork and/or other test results and checking in on any change in health conditions. 

Publications by Dr. Peterson

Selected Journal Articles


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of March 28, 2023, Dr. Peterson reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.