Dr. Zempsky is an international expert on the pediatric pain management. He has published numerous research papers, and holds several ongoing NIH grants regarding pain in youth with sickle cell disease, obesity, fibromyalgia, neurofibromatosis, postoperative pain and pain-related stigma. 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 it’s 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. In 2017, Dr. Zempsky received the M1mentoring grant from the University of Connecticut.


Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Associate Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

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Exterior view of 100 Retreat Ave in Hartford

Connecticut Children’s Primary and Specialty Care Center – Hartford (100 Retreat Ave.)

100 Retreat Avenue
Hartford, CT06106
United States

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Most Recent Comments

December 12, 2023
Excellent providers. Very thorough. Listened and did not feel rushed
November 11, 2023
We love Dr Zempsky. Just would like to not feel judged because we are doing homeschooling / online school.
August 8, 2023