Peter Przekop, D.O., Ph.D.
Peter Przekop, D.O., Ph.D., is an osteopathic physician with appointments in pediatrics, and psychiatry at the Loma Linda University Medical school. During his tenure as director, he created and developed the chronic pain program at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Dr. Przekop is originally from Connecticut where he developed an interest in athletics at a very early age and competed in college sports. He also began to train in traditional Kung Fu and Qi Gong. After he completed a degree in psychology, he was named a Martlett Scholar at McGill University and completed a year of advanced studies in psychology. He began an intense interest in the relationship amongst brain, mind, and body and finished a Masters in psychology and a Ph.D. in neuroscience. His research focused upon the relationship between the developing brain and neuroplastic change due to environmental stimulation.
After postdoctoral studies, Dr. Przekop entered osteopathic medical school. After graduation, he pursued training in internal medicine and neurology and then completed a fellowship in addiction and pain. He is Board Certified in Medicine and Addiction Medicine and certified in pain management.
He has created an integrated treatment paradigm called neurocognitive enhancement, and has developed a program of daily practice that combines the latest findings in basic neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of mind, psychology, and medicine with qi gong and martial arts. This program teaches exercises that create lifestyle change in order to reduce stress, chronic pain, anxiety, adversity, chronic illness, and suffering.
He founded the Pediatric Chronic Pain and Headache Clinic at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in 2008. He has published over 40 articles and is active in teaching students, residents, and fellows.