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.
Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College
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As of December 18, 2019, Dr. Peterson reported no relationships with healthcare industry.
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State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Internal Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
Internal Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital
Pain and Palliative Care, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Internal Medicine (2005), Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2010)
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
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.