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Kristin Schreiber, MD, Anesthesiology, Boston, MA, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Anesthesiology Boston, MA

Associate Professor, Brigham & Women's Hospital/ Harvard Medical School

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  • Kristin L. Schreiber, MD/PhD, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Vice Chair of Faculty Development in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She completed her MD and a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, investigating reciprocal neural-immune interactions involved in infection and the development of persistent pain. She completed residency training at the University of Pittsburgh, and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she practices clinically as a Regional Anesthesiologist and Physician Scientist, receiving funding from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Science Foundation (NSF). Her research program investigates the development of chronic pain after surgical injury, as well as worsening of chronic pain after cancer diagnosis or during social isolation. She employs pragmatic assessment of psychosocial and psychophysical phenotypic factors, in addition to biomarkers, clinical characteristics, and socio-demographics, to better predict which individual patients are most at risk. Her perioperative interventional studies incorporate this dense biopsychosocial assessment of individual patients into their design, to allow more nuanced assessment of differential efficacy of preventive perioperative interventions among patients, ranging from regional anesthesia and ketamine to yoga-based exercise and open-label placebo. In her quantitative sensory testing lab, she investigates differences in pain processing among individuals, including how subjective pain relates to changes in physiology, and what aspects of pain processing are modulated by non-opioid analgesic techniques.

Education & Training

  • UPMC Medical Education
    UPMC Medical EducationResidency, Anesthesiology, 2008 - 2012
  • University of Minnesota Medical School
    University of Minnesota Medical SchoolClass of 2007

Certifications & Licensure

  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 2012 - 2024
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2008 - 2012
  • American Board of Anesthesiology Anesthesiology

Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Preoperative Psychosocial and Psychophysical Phenotypes as Predictors of Acute Pain Outcomes After Breast Surgery  
    Kristin Schreiber, MD, The Journal of Pain
  • Chronic Pain After Breast Surgery: A Prospective, Observational Study  
    Kristin L Schreiber, Tara L Spivey, Nantthasorn Zinboonyahgoon, Tari A King, Laura Dominici, Mehra Golshan, Annals of Surgical Oncology

Press Mentions

  • Press Releases
    Press ReleasesJanuary 25th, 2021
  • Perioperative Management May Lead to Less Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery
    Perioperative Management May Lead to Less Pain After Breast Cancer SurgeryNovember 26th, 2018
  • Visualization Superior for Ultrasound-Guided Proximal Intercostal over Paravertebral Block
    Visualization Superior for Ultrasound-Guided Proximal Intercostal over Paravertebral BlockDecember 12th, 2017

Hospital Affiliations