Dr. Neil Schechter is presently the Director of the Chronic Pain Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, Senior Associate in Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School. He was previously the Chief of Pain Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Schechter is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ChildKind International (www.childkindinternational.org), a non-profit organization which emerged from the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood of the International Association for the Study of Pain and is now endorsed by 12 other professional societies. ChildKind recognizes hospitals that have made an institutional commitment to providing excellent pain care to the children that they serve. ChildKind provides technical assistance to institutions trying to improve the quality of comfort care that they offer.
Dr. Schechter received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he also trained in pediatrics. He did fellowships in developmental and behavioral pediatrics as well as psychosomatic pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schechter has authored over 100 research papers, books, and chapters on pediatric pain. He is the senior author of Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents, the dominant text in the field. His main research focus has been on documenting disparities in pain treatment and subsequently the recognition and treatment of common pain problems such as needle pain and chronic pain. Recently, his work has focused on institutional change and advocacy around pain
Dr. Schechter has served on or chaired many of the major national and international consensus committees that have addressed pediatric pain including the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Cancer Pain in Children, the Chronic Pain Task Force of the American Pain Society, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Acute Pain Guidelines, the Cochrane Review Committee on Antidepressant and Anticonvulsant Use for Chronic Pain in Children, the National Institute of Medicine Committee on Palliative Care, the Rome Foundation Committee on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children and currently serves on the Lancet Commission on Paediatric Pain. Recently, he served on the National Institutes of Health Inter-agency Committee on the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain whose deliberations were published in Nature Neuroscience. He has lectured all over the world and has given numerous named lectureships.
For his work, Dr. Schechter has received numerous awards including the Jeffrey Lawson Award of the American Pain Society for advocacy in pediatric pain, the major US award in the field. His organization, ChildKind, has received the Robert Addison Award of the American Academy of Pain Medicine for advocacy and international collaboration in pain medicine.