Sara P. D. Chrisman M.D., M.P.H.

Sara P. D. Chrisman M.D., M.P.H.

Specialties and Expertise

Adolescent Medicine, Sports Concussion, Sports Medicine




Dr. Chrisman received her B.A. and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (PENN), and then moved to Seattle for her residency training in pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital. She completed her residency in 2006, worked for a few years in the community, and then returned to the University of Washington for fellowships in General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, as well as subspecialty training in Pediatric Pain. She currently is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and serves as the primary physician for the Pain Rehabilitation Program (PReP).

Personal Interests

When not seeing patients or designing a new research study, Dr. Chrisman loves to spend time with her family, go on hikes in the woods and make elaborate meals. She is also a semi-retired Ultimate Frisbee player. 

Teaching Interests

Dr. Chrisman supervises medical students, residents and fellows in the Pain Medicine Clinic and also gives lectures to the residents about chronic pain. In addition, she has lectured extensively about concussion both in the community and at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. 

Research Interests

Her research interests lie in the intersection between the brain and behavior, particularly regarding concussive injury. She is involved in multiple research projects about concussion, from understanding the forces involved in concussive injury, to evaluating new potential biomarkers, and working to develop innovative treatments. Her primary research office is at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. 


Univ. of Washington, School of Public Health & Community MedicineMaster Public Health2011
Univ. of PennsylvaniaMedical education2003
Seattle Children's Hospital/UW MedicneFellowshipAdolescent Medicine
University of WashingtonFellowshipPediatrics
UW - Dept. of PediatricsInternshipPediatrics
UW - Dept. of PediatricsResidencyPediatrics


Board Certifications

American Board of PediatricsAdolescent Medicine2014
American Board of PediatricsPediatrics2006
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