Jonathan Paek, MD, DABA, ABAPM
Dr. Jonathan Paek is a compassionate and enthusiastic pain physician who completed his interventional pain fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital. He originally hails from the north, but now calls himself a proud Texan. Dr. Paek spent most of his childhood in Pittsburgh, and chose to attend college at Case Western Reserve University where he received the Dean’s Highest Honor every single year for maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in both Biology and Psychology. He eventually moved down to Houston on scholarships to attend Baylor College of Medicine, remaining there to complete residency training in Anesthesiology. During residency, Dr. Paek was notably inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, a prestigious and highly selective award for physicians who especially embodied compassionate and patient-centered care during their careers.
Dr. Paek became interested in the field of chronic pain while dealing with his own chronic pain issues in his late twenties. He developed a long standing hamstring and gluteal pain which completely prevented him from sitting. Because of this issue, he has a big heart for patients dealing with chronic pain as he understands just how dark and helpless pain issues can make a person feel. Through this experience, he decided to study interventional pain at the most prominent hospital in the world, Massachusetts General Hospital, to be at the cutting edge of pain research. He continues to be invested in advancing the field of pain medicine. Dr. Paek has published scientific articles and book chapters in both fields of pain and anesthesiology and has presented over 20 lectures and presentations at medical schools and national conferences for topics ranging from CRPS to opioid management.
Outside of work, Dr. Paek is a simple, family-oriented man. His wife is a former violinist, and is now a stay-at-home mother to an energetic two year old daughter. He is a former athlete in both soccer and tennis, and continues these sports as hobbies. Dr. Paek is also passionate about medical missions and underserved populations. He has been on several medical missions trips through rural areas in Peru and Honduras, and even spent some time boating down the Amazon river in Brazil to help indigenous populations. He has also worked with anti-human trafficking organizations in Houston to help women who have been exploited by the trafficking industry.