William T. Zempsky, MD, MPH

Director, Pain and Palliative Medicine, Pediatrics, Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Zempsky has lectured nationally and internationally on the pediatric pain management focused on an efficient systemic approach to pain relief. He has published numerous research papers, articles and chapters this area. He is a renowned expert in the area of transdermal drug delivery for local anesthesia. His research interests include pain in children with sickle cell disease, developing systematic approaches to pain management, and transdermal drug delivery. Dr. Zempsky is the lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement concerning pain management in emergency medical systems for children. Dr. Zempsky is a pain consultant for both the Brighton Collaboration, an international group of investigators focused on vaccination side effects, and the FDA. In 2008 Dr. Zempsky received 2 major awards the prestigious Donaghue Investigator Award to carry out his research in sickle cell pain, as well as the Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship to enhance his abilities in pain advocacy. Dr. Zempsky also holds a 4 year Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Zempsky is a co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain which will be the leading text in the field due out in 2013.


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY AB 1984 Biology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD MD 1988 Medicine
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD Resident 1988-91 Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA Fellow 1993-1995 Pediatric Emerg Med
University of Massachusetts MPH 2012 Public Health

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Contact Information
Mailing AddressConnecticut Children's Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106