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Christopher R. Abrecht


Director, Chronic Pain Service
Pain medicine specialist and anesthesiologist
Sustainability enthusiast

Dr. Christopher R. Abrecht is a pain medicine specialist and an anesthesiologist. He focuses on improving the quality of life and physical function of patients with chronic pain. Recognizing that every patient is unique, he individualizes care plans that may include medication management; injections; and integration with physical therapy, pain psychology and complementary therapies. He also offers advanced procedural interventions for lumbar spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the lower back’s spinal canal that compresses nerves) and a variety of other conditions.

In the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, Abrecht directs chronic pain services and serves as quality improvement subspecialty director for pain medicine.

Abrecht's research focuses on improving the practice of pain medicine. This includes tracking outcomes that matter to patients and ensuring that patient safety remains a priority.

Abrecht earned his medical degree from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He completed a fellowship in pain medicine at UCSF.

  • Education

    New York University School of Medicine, 2012

  • Residencies

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Anesthesiology, 2016

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pain Medicine, 2017

  • Board Certifications

    Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology

    Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

Improving quality of life is why I went into medicine. I am grateful to be a pain physician, dedicated to this goal.

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