Dr. Peter Staats Bio


Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA was the founder of the Division of Pain Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1994 and served as its director for 10 years. He has trained fellows and residents from around the world in the areas of pain management and neuromodulation. He is currently a founder and managing partner of Premier Pain Centers, and on the board of directors of electrocore medical.

He is currently the President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physician (ASIPP). He is past President of the Southern Pain Society, NJ society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the North American Neuromodulation Society. Dr. Staats continues to serve as Adjunct Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care medicine.

He is also a fellow of the World Institute of pain and the North American Neuromodulation Society (WIP). He is currently Vice Chair of the Committee on education for WIP. He is the author of over two hundred and fifty articles, abstracts and book chapters regarding pain management and neuromodulation. He has written or co-edited 7 books on the science and clinical practice of interventional pain medicine. He remains active with patients and clinical research in a variety of areas related to pain and neuromodulation.

Dr. Staats has published broadly on the field of interventional pain, including a broad theory of pain and the placebo effect. This approach provides the basis for unification of different approaches to the management of pain. He has been the co-principle investigator on the largest randomized controlled trials of intrathecal therapy, and novel drugs such as intrathecal prialt. He has published on novel drugs and treatments of the management of the pain and other diseases.

His patents have resulted in novel drug treatment strategies that are commercially available. His work has been featured numerous times in local and national media of all kinds, including the Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, the BBC, along with multiple journals JAMA the lancet among others. he has won numerous awards, from local to national and international, including New Jersey Top Doctor since 2007 though present and Americas Top Doctor since 2001 and has received the physician of the year award from NY, NJ and West Virginia pain societies and the Presidents distinguished service award from the Southern Pain Society and “the state society award” from ASIPP (2014).