Neil Schechter

Neil Schechter, MD

Director, Chronic Pain Clinic

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-355-7040

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Medical Services

Departments

  • Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Pain Treatment Services
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Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1982

Farmington, CT

Pediatrics Internship

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1973-1974

Farmington, CT

Medical School

Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1973

East Lansing, MI

Residency, Pediatrics

University of Connecticut School of Medicine Hospitals, 1975-1977

Farmington, CT

Fellowship, Psychosomatic Medicine

Boston Children's Hospital, 1977-1978

Boston, MA

Senior Fellow, Developmental Pediatrics Fellowship

Boston Children's Hospital, 1978-1979

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Pediatrics, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Publications

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  1. Hubbard CS, Becerra L, Heinz N, Ludwick A, Rasooly T, Wu R, Johnson A, Schechter NL, Borsook D, Nurko S. Abdominal Pain, the Adolescent and Altered Brain Structure and Function. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0156545.
  2. Schechter NL, Walco GA. The Potential Impact on Children of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Above All, Do No Harm. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 May 1; 170(5):425-6.
  3. Fleegler EW, Schechter NL. Pain and Prejudice. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Nov; 169(11):991-3.
  4. Basch MC, Chow ET, Logan DE, Schechter NL, Simons LE. Perspectives on the clinical significance of functional pain syndromes in children. J Pain Res. 2015; 8:675-86.
  5. Simons LE, Smith A, Ibagon C, Coakley R, Logan DE, Schechter N, Borsook D, Hill JC. Pediatric Pain Screening Tool: rapid identification of risk in youth with pain complaints. Pain. 2015 Aug; 156(8):1511-8.
  6. Schechter NL. Don'T forget palliative patients--reply. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Mar; 169(3):286-7.
  7. Schechter NL. In reply. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Dec; 168(12):1168.
  8. Schechter NL. Pediatric pain management and opioids: the baby and the bathwater. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 168(11):987-8.
  9. Schechter NL. Functional pain: time for a new name. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Aug; 168(8):693-4.
  10. Schechter NL. The descent. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Jun; 168(6):509-10.
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  12. Bromberg MH, Schechter NL, Nurko S, Zempsky WT, Schanberg LE. Persistent pain in chronically ill children without detectable disease activity. Pain Manag. 2014 May; 4(3):211-9.
  13. Schechter NL. Chronic pain syndromes in childhood: one trunk, many branches. Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain. 2014.
  14. Berberich FR Schechter NL. Common pain problems in the pediatric setting. Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain. 2014.
  15. Coakley R Schechter NL. Chronic pain is like....the clinical use of analogy and metaphor in the treatment of pain in children. Pediatric Pain Letter. 2013; 15(1):1-8.
  16. Schechter NL. Using sucrose-with eyes wide open. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Jul 1; 166(7):667-9.
  17. Berberich FR, Schechter NL. Pediatric office pain: crying for attention. Pediatrics. 2012 Apr; 129(4):e1057-9.
  18. Schechter NL, Bernstein BA, Zempsky WT, Bright NS, Willard AK. Educational outreach to reduce immunization pain in office settings. Pediatrics. 2010 Dec; 126(6):e1514-21.
  19. Schechter NL Finley GA Bright NS Laycock M Forgeron P. ChildKind: a global initiative to reduce pain in children. Pediatric Pain Letter. 2010; 12(3):26-30.
  20. Schechter NL Palermo TM Walco GA Berde CB. Persistent pain in children. Bonica's Management of Pain . 2010.
  21. Zempsky WT, Loiselle KA, McKay K, Lee BH, Hagstrom JN, Schechter NL. Do children with sickle cell disease receive disparate care for pain in the emergency department? J Emerg Med. 2010 Nov; 39(5):691-5.
  22. Schechter NL. From the Ouchless Place to Comfort Central: the evolution of a concept. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov; 122 Suppl 3:S154-60.
  23. Schechter NL. Overmedicalization in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2008 Oct; 29(5):411-3.
  24. Zempsky WT, Loiselle KA, McKay K, Blake GL, Hagstrom JN, Schechter NL, Kain ZN. Retrospective evaluation of pain assessment and treatment for acute vasoocclusive episodes in children with sickle cell disease. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2008 Aug; 51(2):265-8.
  25. McGrath PJ, Walco GA, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Brown MT, Davidson K, Eccleston C, Finley GA, Goldschneider K, Haverkos L, Hertz SH, Ljungman G, Palermo T, Rappaport BA, Rhodes T, Schechter N, Scott J, Sethna N, Svensson OK, Stinson J, von Baeyer CL, Walker L, Weisman S, White RE, Zajicek A, Zeltzer L. Core outcome domains and measures for pediatric acute and chronic/recurrent pain clinical trials: PedIMMPACT recommendations. J Pain. 2008 Sep; 9(9):771-83.
  26. Zempsky WT, Robbins B, Richards PT, Leong MS, Schechter NL. A novel needle-free powder lidocaine delivery system for rapid local analgesia. J Pediatr. 2008 Mar; 152(3):405-11.
  27. Van Epps S, Zempsky W, Schechter N, Pescatello LS, Lerer T. The effects of a two-week trial of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for pediatric chronic back pain. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 Aug; 34(2):115-7.
  28. Schechter NL, Zempsky WT, Cohen LL, McGrath PJ, McMurtry CM, Bright NS. Pain reduction during pediatric immunizations: evidence-based review and recommendations. Pediatrics. 2007 May; 119(5):e1184-98.
  29. Schechter N. Neonatal pain. J Paediatr Child Health. 2006 Jan-Feb; 42(1-2):2-3.
  30. Zempsky WT, Schechter NL. What's new in the management of pain in children. Pediatr Rev. 2003 Oct; 24(10):337-48.
  31. Schechter NL, Berde CB, Yaster M. . Pain in infants, children, and adolescents.2nd Edition. 2003.
  32. Zempsky WT, Schechter NL. Office-based pain management. The 15-minute consultation. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2000 Jun; 47(3):601-15.
  33. Zempsky WT, Schechter NL. IMpact-RSV Study Group report. Pediatrics. 1999 Oct; 104(4 Pt 1):993-4; author reply 995.
  34. Schechter NL, Zeltzer LK. Pediatric pain: new directions from a developmental perspective. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1999 Aug; 20(4):209-10.
  35. Kurtis PS, DeSilva HN, Bernstein BA, Malakh L, Schechter NL. A comparison of the Mogen and Gomco clamps in combination with dorsal penile nerve block in minimizing the pain of neonatal circumcision. Pediatrics. 1999 Feb; 103(2):E23.
  36. Weisman SJ, Bernstein B, Schechter NL. Consequences of inadequate analgesia during painful procedures in children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998 Feb; 152(2):147-9.
  37. Sacheti A, Szemere J, Bernstein B, Tafas T, Schechter N, Tsipouras P. Chronic pain is a manifestation of the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. J Pain Symptom Manage. 1997 Aug; 14(2):88-93.
  38. Schechter NL, Blankson V, Pachter LM, Sullivan CM, Costa L. The ouchless place: no pain, children's gain. Pediatrics. 1997 Jun; 99(6):890-4.
  39. Yaster M, Schechter N. Pain and human immunodeficiency virus infection in children. Pediatrics. 1996 Sep; 98(3 Pt 1):455-6.
  40. Schechter NL. Common pain problems in the general pediatric setting. Pediatr Ann. 1995 Mar; 24(3):139, 143-6.
  41. Schechter NL, Weisman SJ, Rosenblum M, Bernstein B, Conard PL. The use of oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate for painful procedures in children. Pediatrics. 1995 Mar; 95(3):335-9.
  42. Schutzman SA, Burg J, Liebelt E, Strafford M, Schechter N, Wisk M, Fleisher G. Oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate for premedication of children undergoing laceration repair. Ann Emerg Med. 1994 Dec; 24(6):1059-64.
  43. Walco GA, Cassidy RC, Schechter NL. Pain, hurt, and harm. The ethics of pain control in infants and children. N Engl J Med. 1994 Aug 25; 331(8):541-4.
  44. Schichor A, Bernstein B, Weinerman H, Fitzgerald J, Yordan E, Schechter N. Lidocaine as a diluent for ceftriaxone in the treatment of gonorrhea. Does it reduce the pain of the injection? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994 Jan; 148(1):72-5.
  45. Zeltzer LK, Barr RG, McGrath PA, Schechter NL. Pediatric pain: interacting behavioral and physical factors. Pediatrics. 1992 Nov; 90(5 Pt 2):816-21.
  46. Weisman SJ, Schechter NL. Therapeutic orphans. Pediatrics. 1992 Apr; 89(4 Pt 1):688-9.
  47. Schechter NL, Bernstein BA, Beck A, Hart L, Scherzer L. Individual differences in children's response to pain: role of temperament and parental characteristics. Pediatrics. 1991 Feb; 87(2):171-7.
  48. Weisman SJ, Schechter NL. The management of pain in children. Pediatr Rev. 1991 Feb; 12(8):237-43.
  49. Cheigh JS, Suthanthiran M, Fotino M, Riggio RR, Schechter N, Stubenbord WT, Stenzel KH, Rubin AL. Minimal sensitization and excellent renal allograft outcome following donor-specific blood transfusion with a short course of cyclosporine. Transplantation. 1991 Feb; 51(2):378-81.
  50. Zeltzer LK, Altman A, Cohen D, LeBaron S, Munuksela EL, Schechter NL. American Academy of Pediatrics Report of the Subcommittee on the Management of Pain Associated with Procedures in Children with Cancer. Pediatrics. 1990 Nov; 86(5 Pt 2):826-31.
  51. Zeltzer LK, Anderson CT, Schechter NL. Pediatric pain: current status and new directions. Curr Probl Pediatr. 1990 Aug; 20(8):409-86.
  52. Schechter NL. The undertreatment of pain in children: an overview. Pediatr Clin North Am. 1989 Aug; 36(4):781-94.
  53. Schechter NL. Management of pain in children. Aust Paediatr J. 1989 Feb; 25(1):1-2.
  54. Schechter NL, Berrien FB, Katz SM. PCA for adolescents in sickle-cell crisis. Am J Nurs. 1988 May; 88(5):719, 721-2.
  55. Schechter NL, Berrien FB, Katz SM. The use of patient-controlled analgesia in adolescents with sickle cell pain crisis: a preliminary report. J Pain Symptom Manage. 1988; 3(2):109-13.
  56. Schechter NL, Allen D. Physicians' attitudes toward pain in children. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1986 Dec; 7(6):350-4.
  57. Schechter NL, Allen DA, Hanson K. Status of pediatric pain control: a comparison of hospital analgesic usage in children and adults. Pediatrics. 1986 Jan; 77(1):11-5.
  58. Schechter NL. Pain and pain control in children. Curr Probl Pediatr. 1985 May; 15(5):1-67.
  59. Schechter NL. Recurrent pains in children: an overview and an approach. Pediatr Clin North Am. 1984 Oct; 31(5):949-68.
  60. Schechter NL. The baby and the bathwater: hyperactivity and the medicalization of child rearing. Perspect Biol Med. 1982; 25(3):406-16.
  61. Schechter NL. St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT. Children's psychosocial problems: a holistic approach. Hosp Prog. 1981 May; 62(5):57-8.
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