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Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D.
Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D.


Pediatric Pain Management

General Information:

English, Spanish


Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Director, Pediatric Pain Program, Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA
Member, JCCC Patients and Survivors Program Area

Hospital Affiliation(s):

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Adolescent Medicine, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, 1975 - 1976
Pediatrics, University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1971 - 1973
Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine, 1970 - 1971
Medical Degree:
M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1970


Board Certification(s):
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 1976

Contact Information:

(310) 794-1841 Anesthesiology referring physician, Westwood
(310) 319-2254 Anesthesiology referring physician, Santa Monica
(310) 825-6185 Pediatrics information and referral
(310) 206-5737 Pediatrics admissions
(310) 825-0867 Pediatrics outpatient appointments
(310) 825-9989 Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences information and referral [(800) 825-9989 from outside 310]
(310) 825-0731 Pediatric Pain Program information and initial evaluations

Scientific Interest(s):

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer's research focuses on pediatric pain, complementary medicine therapies for pain and other symptoms and quality of life in survivors of childhood cancer.

Zeltzer currently is completing a study examining the roles of anxiety, age, puberty, gender and parents in the development of pediatric chronic pain. There is a large data set now completed on 247 healthy children ages 8 to 17 who underwent four different laboratory pain tasks. There are baseline child and parent measures, as well as lab-based self-report, behavioral, cardiovascular and hormonal data. There is a smaller set of follow-up lab data on a subset of this cohort as well as a cohort of children with chronic pain. Further studies are planned to test the role of parents in children's pain both in the lab and clinically.

Zeltzer's lab also is conducting research in end-of-life care in children and in complementary and alternative therapies for chronic pain and fatigue (yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, massage, acupuncture). Zeltzer also is studying psychosocial and quality of life outcomes in survivors of childhood cancer. As part of the core team of investigators on a large national study of these survivors and sibling controls, Zeltzer has been analyzing data on risk behaviors, pain and quality of life outcomes and impact of disease and treatments.

Selected Cancer-Related Publications:

Lu Q, Krull KR, Leisenring W, Owen JE, Kawashima T, Tsao JC, Zebrack B, Mertens A, Armstrong GT, Stovall M, Robison LL, Zeltzer LK. Pain in long-term adult survivors of childhood cancers and their siblings: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pain. 2011 Nov;152(11):2616-24. Epub 2011 Sep 9.

Casillas J, Kahn KL, Doose M, Landier W, Bhatia S, Hernandez J, Zeltzer LK; Padres Contra El Cancer. Transitioning childhood cancer survivors to adult-centered healthcare: insights from parents, adolescent, and young adult survivors. Psychooncology. 2010 Sep;19(9):982-90.

Kadan-Lottick NS, Zeltzer LK, Liu Q, Yasui Y, Ellenberg L, Gioia G, Robison LL, Krull KR. Neurocognitive functioning in adult survivors of childhood non-central nervous system cancers. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2010 Jun 16;102(12):881-93. Epub 2010 May 10.

Buchbinder D, Casillas J, Zeltzer L. Meeting the psychosocial needs of sibling survivors: a family systems approach. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2011 May-Jun;28(3):123-36. Epub 2010 Nov 22.

Buchbinder D, Casillas J, Krull KR, Goodman P, Leisenring W, Recklitis C, Alderfer MA, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Kunin-Batson A, Stuber M, Zeltzer LK. Psychological outcomes of siblings of cancer survivors: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Psychooncology. 2011 Dec;20(12):1259-68. doi: 10.1002/pon.1848. Epub 2010 Oct 22.