Sara P D Chrisman, MD, MPH

Sara P D Chrisman, MD, MPH

Pain Medicine

On staff since July 2009

Academic Title: Acting Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"My work with youth in chronic pain is incredibly fulfilling because I have the opportunity to walk with famiies as they make the journey back from severe debilitation and return to their lives."

Dr. Chrisman is a pediatrician, an Adolescent Medicine specialist, and a Pediatric Pain specialist, and she is the primary physician for the Pain Rehabilitation Program (PReP).

Dr. Chrisman completed her undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN)in Neuroscience, and then returned to PENN for medical school. She moved to Seattle in 2003 to complete her Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. She worked for a few years as a general pediatrician, and then undertook fellowships in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and additional training in Pediatric Pain. During this time she also obtained a Master's in Public Health at the University of Washington. She is now the primary physician in the Pain Rehabilitation Program (PReP) and sees patients with all types of chronic pain. She also conducts research on the relationship between the brain and behavior, primarily regarding concussive injury.


Board Certification(s)

Adolescent Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Adolescent Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award 2009 - 2011
Howard Hughes Medical Student Research Fellowship 2002 - 2003
Summa cum laude 1993


  • Chrisman SP, Quitiquit C, Rivara FP
    Qualitative study of barriers to concussive symptom reporting in high school athletics.
    23427783 The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2013 Mar. : 52(3)330-335.e3
  • Chrisman SP, Rivara FP, Schiff MA, Zhou C, Comstock RD
    Risk factors for concussive symptoms 1 week or longer in high school athletes.
    23252433 Brain injury : [BI] , 2013 : 27(1)1-9
  • Chrisman SP, O'Kane JW, Polissar NL, Tencer AF, Mack CD, Levy MR, Schiff MA
    Strength and jump biomechanics of elite and recreational female youth soccer players.
    23182007 Journal of athletic training , 2012 Nov. : 47(6)609-15 PMCID: PMC3499883
  • Chrisman SP, Schiff MA, Rivara FP
    Physician concussion knowledge and the effect of mailing the CDC's "Heads Up" toolkit.
    21646251 Clinical pediatrics , 2011 Nov. : 50(11)1031-9


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Relationship between depression and traumatic brain injury in adolescents. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine New Orleans, LA 2012