William Zempsky, MD, MPH

Dr. Zempsky is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Head of the Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Zempsky received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed a pediatric residency on the Harriet Lane Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also completed a fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In 2012, he received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Zempsky is an international expert on pediatric pain management. He has published numerous research papers, and received several NIH grants including an ongoing grant focused on improving the lives of children with severe functional disability associated with pain. Dr. Zempsky has received major awards including the prestigious Donaghue Investigator Award, as well as the Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship to enhance his abilities in pain advocacy. Dr. Zempsky is a co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain the leading text in the field . His division was designated a Center of Clinical Excellence by the American Pain Society in 2014 and is also one of the first 3 programs in the world to receive the ChildKind certification focused on improving pain management for all children. Dr. Zempsky was elected as Chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group of the American Pain Society in 2015. He was appointed as the pediatric representative to the Physicians Medical Marijuana Board for the State of Connecticut in 2016.