Dr. Paul Christo

About Dr. Paul Christo

Dr. Paul Christo is one of the world's leading pain specialists and author of Aches and Gains, A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain. He’s an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program for 8 years, and the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center for 5 years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He hosts an award-winning, nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain called, Aches and Gains®. Naomi Judd, Joe Montana, and Maya Angelou have all been guests. His show has earned him the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award from the American Pain Society, recognizing distinguished contributions to the field of pain medicine through public education, dissemination of information, and public service. Dr. Christo was selected as a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow, and named a “Hero” by The Pain Community, a patient advocacy association for his work on Aches and Gains. He was also honored by the American Society of Pain Educators as Pain Educator of the Year for his transformational work on public education through the media.

Dr. Christo is an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally, serves on 4 journal editorial boards, has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, co-edited 3 textbooks on pain, and actively teaches medical students, residents, and pain fellows. He’ a member of Men’s Health Magazine medical advisory board, serving as their first pain specialist.


Dr. Christo has directed or coordinated many national conferences that focus on educating both specialists and generalists on important aspects of pain diagnosis and treatment.

He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management, and has served on Advisory Boards for the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists, The International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society. He has also earned an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Health Care Management.

Honors and Awards



2016: Pain Educator of the Year, American Society of Pain Educators 
2016:  The John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award, American Pain Society
2014:  The Pain Community “Hero,” Patient Advocacy Association, The Pain Community
2014: America’s Top Physicians, Castle Connolly
2014: American’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly
2014: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors
2013: Association of University Anesthesiologists - Academic Honor Society
2012-2013: 150 Pain Management Physicians to Know, Becker’s Spine Review
2012-2013: Super Doctor for the Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area, Super Doctors
2012: Top Doctors in Pain Management, Baltimore Magazine, Top Doctors
2011-2012: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctor physician, Best Doctors
2011: Top Doctor for Pain Management, US News & World Report
2011: Super Doctor for the Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area, Super Doctors
2011: 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in America, Becker’s ASC Review
2011: American’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly
2008-2009: Fellow, Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship Program: A Media and Policy Initiative, Mayday Fellows - One of six pain experts selected from the U.S. and Canada to advocate for better pain treatment by raising visibility with the media and policymakers.
2008: America’s Top Physicians, Anesthesiology: Guide to America’s Top Physicians, Consumer’s Research Council of America
2007-2008: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctor physician, Best Doctors
2007:  Top Doctor in Pain Medicine/Anesthesiology: Baltimore Magazine, Top Doctors
2007: America’s Top Anesthesiologists: Guide to America’s Top Anesthesiologists, Consumer’s Research Council of America
2003, 2006: America’s Top Physicians, Pain Medicine: Guide to America’s Top Physicians, Consumer’s Research Council of America