Pain Management Center

The UCSF Pain Management Center at Mount Zion treats patients with complicated and chronic medical, surgical and neurological pain. The center, one of the few such centers in Northern California, averages about 800 patient visits a month. The center has a team of doctors and therapists with specialties in anesthesia, neurology, medical psychology and physical therapy.

The center in 2007 was one of six designated nationwide by the American Pain Society as a Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management. The program was recognized for outstanding clinical pain care offered to patients and efforts in creating pain management education programs for busy practitioners.

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Services at the center include:

  • Evaluation of complex pain problems
  • Regional anesthesia, or nerve blockage
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Physical therapy
  • Home exercise and activity guidance
  • Medication assessment
  • Individual and couples psychotherapy and psychoeducation
  • Stress management and relaxation

Chronic pain is a multifaceted medical problem than affects all aspects of the patient's life. Our center is staffed by professionals from several disciplines to address the range of issues brought about by pain. Patient involvement and education are important components of our program.

The center offers specialty consultation and treatment for different types of pain, such as:

  • Back pain
  • Neuropathic, or nerve, pain
  • Pain caused by cancer
  • Musculoskeletal or rheumatologic pain
  • Post-injury or surgical pain

At the center, each patient's case is reviewed by our team to determine the best combination of therapies for that individual. The Pain Management Center works closely with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Management and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Before visiting the center, you will be asked to obtain a referral from your primary care doctor or specialist. Your health insurance company may require prior authorization or approval to ensure coverage for our services.

Clinical research trials are often conducted at the Pain Management Center. Current patients will be notified if they're eligible to take part in a study, but anyone with chronic pain should feel free to ask about ongoing research. You don't have to be a patient at the center to participate in a research trial.

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Getting Here

Pain Management Center
2255 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94143-1654
Phone: (415) 885-PAIN (7246)
New Patients: (415) 885-3552
Fax: (415) 885-3883

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

Research and Clinical Trials


Parking at Mount Zion

Public parking is available in two parking garages near our Mount Zion campus. One is a UCSF garage at 2420 Sutter St. and the other is a public garage at 1635 Divisadero St. Entrances to both garages are on Sutter Street, between Divisadero and Broderick streets.

The 2420 Sutter St. garage is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and UCSF holidays. The rate is $6 an hour with a $30 daily maximum ($12 daily maximum for patients with a valid disabled placard). If you have a valid disabled placard, you may have the parking fee reduced to $6 by obtaining a parking voucher from your clinic or the lobby information desk at 1600 Divisadero Street. Present the voucher, your disabled parking placard and your garage receipt to the cashier.

For more information about parking in the 2420 Sutter St. garage, call (415) 514-8935.

The public parking lot at 1635 Divisadero St. garage is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and major holidays. The rate is $2 each 20 minutes with a $28 daily maximum. UCSF parking vouchers are not valid at the 1635 Divisadero St. garage.

For more information about the public parking lot in the 1635 Divisadero St. garage, call (415) 441-5408 or visit

Other public parking garages are available nearby.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Public Transportation

Mount Zion

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • No. 2*
  • No. 38*
  • No. 24

The No. 1 California bus route stops at the corner of California and Divisadero streets, which is three blocks north of Mount Zion.

For more information about Muni, visit

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles travel between the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as other UCSF locations.

For more information about UCSF transportation, please call (415) 476-1511.