Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Benedict Alter, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, Translational Pain Research

Education & Training

  • MD, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Anesthesiology Residency, University of California, San Francisco
  • T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine

Representative Publications

Dr. Alter's publications can be reviewed through PubMed.

Research, clinical, and/or academic interests

Research Interests

Dr. Alter’s research explores how the brain modulates pain and how endogenous pain dampening systems can be systematically leveraged for novel pain therapies. Specific projects elucidate basic research questions on the systems neuroscience level, translational questions bringing basic knowledge towards novel treatments, and clinical questions aimed at understanding how pain modulatory systems change in chronic pain.

Clinical Interests

  • Multimodal approach to chronic pain management
  • Interventional pain management
  • Neuromodulation