Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD

  • Professor, UCLA Departments of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • Director, UCLA Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
  • Associate Director, Patients and Survivors Program of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Zeltzer received her B.A. (Pre-medicine) at Douglass College-Rutgers University, N.J., and M.D. at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. She completed a Pediatric Internship at UCLA, Residency at the University of Arizona (Tucson), and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She is also a member of the UCLA Norman Cousins Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) Program Task Force. On a national level, Dr. Zeltzer has been a member of the Human Development Study Section at NIH, the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Pediatric Research, and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) Executive Council. She has also been a member of the William T. Grant Foundation, Developmental Psychobiology of Stress Research Consortium, and the Advisory Committee of the Children’s Social Competence and Health Outcomes Project of the Center for the Advancement of Health. Dr. Zeltzer has served as past-Secretary/Treasurer of SDBP and past-President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. She has been a recipient of a William T Grant Foundation Faculty Scholar’s Award and a Research Career Development Award from the NIH. Dr. Zeltzer is one of the twelve members of an NCI Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Expert panel and has been a member of several ad hoc study sections on CAM research. She was a recipient of the 2001 Arangula Award for outstanding pain research from the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative. Dr. Zeltzer’s clinical work, teaching, and research are intertwined. Her clinical program integrates complementary and traditional therapies for treatment of chronic pain, and she studies the development of chronic pain, mind-body-pain connections, and the impact of complementary therapies on chronic pain. She has completed studies of hypnotherapy, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation, and is part of an NIH-funded national research consortium studying the late effects of childhood cancer. Dr. Zeltzer is Principal Investigator of a $2.4 million NIH-funded study of the relationship between gender, puberty, and pain. She has published over one hundred articles, reviews, and chapters related to pediatric pain, CAM, and childhood cancer.

Selected Publications

Waterhouse, M, Stelling C, Powers M, Levy S, and Zeltzer LK: Acupuncture and hypnotherapy in the treatment of chronic pain in children.Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 2000; 1:139-150.

LeBaron, S, Fanurik, D, & Zeltzer, LK, The hypnotic dreams of healthy children and children with cancer: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2001; 49 (4):305-319.

Zeltzer, LK, Tsao, JCI, Stelling, C, Powers, M, Levy, S, Waterhouse, M. A phase I study on the feasibility of an acupuncture/hypnotherapy intervention for chronic pediatric pain. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2002; 24 (4):437-446.

Woolery A, Myers H, Sternlieb B and Zeltzer L. (2004). A yoga intervention for young adults with elevated symptoms of depression. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 10, 60-63.

Contact Information

Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD
UCLA Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric Pain Program
Box 951752
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1752
On-campus mail: 22-464 MDCC 175217
Tel: (310) 825-0731
Fax: (310) 794-2104
E-mail: lzeltzer@mednet.ucla.edu
Web: www.pedspain.ucla.edu

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