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Paul Geha, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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I have expertise in the neuroscience of pain, hedonics and feeding, and multimodal neuroimaging. I use a broad range of neuroimaging techniques, and behavioral testing to study the neurobiology of acute and chronic pain, analgesia, and obesity. My research program focuses on understanding mechanisms of neuro-adaptation in chronic pain and obesity, neural response to analgesic treatment, and brain derived long-term predictors of clinical outcomes. My current focus is mapping the brain signature of different chronic pain conditions using different imaging modalities to discover and validate these signatures. My laboratory has recently published (PNAS 2020) the first brain signature of chronic back pain that is highly reproducible across chronic back pain patients' cohorts collected in different laboratories. I have used neuroimaging and behavioral tools in cross-sectional, longitudinal and therapeutic designs to identify brain biomarkers of chronic pain and modulate these biomarkers with analgesic interventions.



MD | American University of Beirut

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2012 - 06/30/2014
Fellowship in Psychiatry at VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven GME

07/01/2009 - 06/30/2012
Residency in Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Internship in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital

10/08/2003 - 06/30/2008
Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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Seymour L. Lustman Award for Psychiatric Research, Dept. of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
Sponsor: Yale University
Location: New Haven CT


Journal Articles

Zhengwu Zhang, Jennifer S. Gewandter and Paul Geha. "Brain Imaging Biomarkers for Chronic Pain". Frontiers in Neurology. 2022; .

Lin Y, De Araujo I, Stanley G, Small D, Geha P. "Chronic pain precedes disrupted eating behavior in low-back pain patients." PloS one.. 2022 17(2):e0263527. Epub 2022 Feb 10.

Baran TM, Lin FV, Geha P. "Functional brain mapping in patients with chronic back pain shows age-related differences." Pain.. 2021 Nov 15; Epub 2021 Nov 15.