Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer
Pediatrics Pain & Palliative Care Program
Mattel Children’s Hospital
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Most parents have walked the floor with a child screaming in pain from an ear infection; nothing is more distressing. For millions of parents of children who live with chronic pain, that anxiety is never-ending. A long list of childhood diseases and conditions lead to 17% of children in America living with chronic unrelenting pain. Some of those include cerebral palsy, early childhood cancers and their treatment, sickle cell disease, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, juvenile diabetes, chronic ear infections, cardiac repairs, congenital anomalies, and accidents. The list goes on and on.

Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer has spent her career treating pediatric chronic pain, providing guidance to those who care for them and hope to their families. In 2016, Lonnie and her husband, Dr. Paul Zeltzer, published Pain in Children & Young Adults: The Journey Back to Normal, her third book on this topic.

Dr. Zeltzer is Director of the Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s committee that published Relieving Pain in America in 2011, and for the past five years has served on the PAINS Advisory Committee. (PAINS, a program of the Center for Practical Bioethics, is a national alliance of organizations committed to transforming the way pain is perceived, judged and treated.)

As part of PAINS’ efforts to bring attention to the needs of children who struggle to live with chronic pain and September as Pain Awareness Month, on Wednesday evening, September 27, 2017, Dr. Zeltzer will speak about her work at a free public forum from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, at Community Christian Church, 4600 Main in Kansas City, Missouri. Attendance is free, and attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Zeltzer’s book, but a reservation is requested. To register, please email Cindy Leyland at cleyland@practicalbioethics.org or call her at (816) 979-1357.

“Smart, practical and effective! Parents and doctors will celebrate important insights the authors share from their experience…helping thousands of children and families overcome one of the most challenging situations any child ever faces – pain.”  Harvey Karp, MD FAAP