William Zempsky, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Hartford, CT, Connecticut Children's Medical Center


Pediatric Emergency Medicine Hartford, CT

Professor, Pediatrics, University of Connecticut SOM

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Education & Training

  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health CentersFellowship, Pediatric Cardiology, 1991 - 1992
  • Johns Hopkins UniversityResidency, Pediatrics, 1988 - 1991
  • Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineClass of 1988
  • Cornell UniversityAB, Biology, Magna Cum Laude, 1980 - 1984

Certifications & Licensure

  • CT State Medical License
    CT State Medical License 1997 - 2021
  • GA State Medical License
    GA State Medical License 1995 - 1997
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 1993 - 1996
  • MD State Medical License
    MD State Medical License 1990 - 1991
  • American Board of Pediatrics Pediatrics

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • American Pain Society Center of Clinical Excellence 2014
  • Donaghue Investigator 2008
  • Fellow Mayday Pain and Societies, 2008
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Daily Changes in Pain, Mood, and Physical Function in Youth Hospitalized for Sickle Cell Pain  
    Zempsky WT, Palermo TM, Corsi JM, Lewandowski AS, Zhouc , Casella JF, Pain Res Manage, 1/1/2013
  • Relief of pain and anxiety in pediatric patients in emergency medical systems  
    Fein JA, Zempsky WT, Cravero JP; Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, 11/1/2012
  • Pediatric Analgesic Clinical Trial Designs, Measures, and Extrapolation  
    Berde CB, Walco GA, Krane EJ, K Anand KJS, Aranda JS, Craig KD, Dampier C, Finkel JC, Grabois M, Johnston C, Lantos J, Lebel A, Maxwell LG, McGrath PM, Ober..., Report of an FDA Scientific Workshop Pediatrics, 1/1/2012
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • An Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds within the Casire International Cohort of Sickle Cell Disease Patients: Implications for Disease Phenotype and Clinical Re...
    William Zempsky, 61st Annual American Society of Hematology Meeting, Orlando, FL, 12/8/2019
  • Evidence of altered pain processing in adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease.
    Zempsky WT, Santanelli JP, Stevens M, Khadka s, Gaynor L, International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Stockholm, Sweden, 6/1/2013
  • Development and Validation of the Children’s Acute Pain-Functional Ability Questionnaire.
    Zempsky, WT. O’Hara EA, Santanelli JP, Essner B , Palermo TM, International Symposium on Pedaitric Pain, Stockholm, Sweden, 6/1/2013
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  • Joint Program: Section on Hospital Medicine and Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine 
    National Conference & Exhibition 2019 - American Academy of Pediatrics - New Orleans, LA - 10/27/2019
  • Grand Rounds. “Drowning in a Sea of Pain. Can We Help Our Patients with Sickle Cell Disease." 
    Maria Fieri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, NY - 12/1/2011
  • “Functional Assessment and Functional Imaging. New frontiers for the understanding of pain in sickle cell disease." 
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Press Mentions

  • CT Magazine Names 48 from UConn Health Among 2019 Best Doctors
    CT Magazine Names 48 from UConn Health Among 2019 Best DoctorsMay 29th, 2019
  • Sickle Cell Research Gets Relatively Little Money, Attention
    Sickle Cell Research Gets Relatively Little Money, AttentionMay 14th, 2018
  • Guidelines Suggest Children Are at Low Risk for Opioid Addiction
    Guidelines Suggest Children Are at Low Risk for Opioid AddictionDecember 16th, 2020
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Hospital Affiliations