Christopher J Standaert MD
  • Christopher J. Standaert, MD

    Associate Professor

Christopher J. Standaert, MD

Associate Professor


Dr. Standaert is a Visiting Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Outpatient Services in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

Dr. Standaert specializes in the non-operative care of spine, joint and neuromusculoskeletal disorders. He takes a very patient-centered approach to care, trying hard to identify the issues behind an individual's pain or injury and helping them understand this. He believes that knowledge is empowering, and he works with a wide range of providers to help his patients regain or optimize their ability to pursue meaningful activities in their lives. His experience and clinical approach have made him a sought-after speaker and teacher from within many areas of medicine. He has received numerous awards for clinical care, teaching, and research. He has worked with colleagues across the US and internationally to address issues related to spine and musculoskeletal care, in the process authoring or co-authoring over 80 publications and book chapters and giving over 150 lectures. 

Dr. Standaert has worked extensively on health policy issues at state and national governmental levels as well as for multiple professional medical associations and hospital systems. His research interests include non-operative spine care, spinal injections, and health policy. 

Specialized Areas of Interest
Non-operative spine care including neck and low back disorders, adolescent spine disorders, sports injuries and performance, joint pain, electrodiagnosis, and health policy and population health 

Board Certifications
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Professional Organization Membership
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Medical Association

Education & Training
BA, Harvard College, 1987
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1992
PM&R Residency, University of Washington, 1996
Fellowship in Spine and Sports Medicine, Pioneer Spine and Sports Physicians, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Rehabiltation Medicine, University of Washington, 2017
  • Best Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2017, 2014
  • UW Medicine PRAISE Award (Patient Reported Assessment in Satisfaction and Excellence), 2016, 2015, 2014
  • UW Medicine Cares Award, 2016 
  • UW Medicine Cares Award Nominee, 2016, 2015
  • The Teresa Massagli Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, 2015
  • Honored Guest, Gesellschaft fur Orthopadisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin The Society for Orthopedic and Trauma Sports Medicine), Munich Germany, 2011
  • McLarren Award for Resident Research, Pacific Northwest Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1996
  • Outstanding Resident of the Year, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, 1996