Melanie M. Henry, MD, MPH

Pain management physician

Dr. Melanie M. Henry is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. She is board certified in both specialties. She joined the UCSF faculty in 2006 after completing her anesthesia residency and pain fellowship at UCSF. Henry has served in leadership capacities at UCSF, including serving as director of Acute Pain Services at the Mount Zion campus and as director of practice management at the Pain Management Center. She is currently a California Society of Anesthesiologists delegate. In addition, she works with the UCSF Spine Center faculty to create a multidisciplinary treatment plan for spinal surgery patients before, during and after surgery.

She treats a wide array of chronic pain conditions such as piriformis syndrome, failed back surgery syndrome, discogenic and facetogenic low back pain, chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), pre- and post-operative evaluation of spine surgery patients, and cancer pain. She is highly skilled in both fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided techniques. Henry performs many types of pain relieving procedures, such as epidural steroid injections, joint injections, radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation. Her approach to pain management is individualized to each patient. Henry embraces the integrated specialists approach, such that pain psychology, physical therapy and neurology work together to find the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.

Henry is very active in developing educational modules for pain physicians. She developed the Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome module for Continuing Medical Education for the California Society of Anesthesiologists. In addition, through her contribution to the Mini Medical School for the Public featured on UCSF TV, she has gained recognition both nationally and internationally as a leader in pain medicine treatment modalities.

Henry earned a Master's in Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Tulane School of Public Health. She earned her medical degree from Tulane School of Medicine and completed her anesthesia and pain medicine training at UCSF. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, International Association for the Study of Pain and North American Neuromodulation Society. She is an associate professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care at UCSF.


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.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology
Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology

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More about Melanie M. Henry


Tulane University School of Medicine 2001


UCSF Medical Center, Anesthesia 2005


UCSF Medical Center, Pain Medicine 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Southwell DG, Osorio JA, Liverman CS, Friedman LM, Naidu RK, Poree LR, Henry MM, Jacques L. Intrathecal catheter-associated inflammatory mass in a neurofibromatosis type-1 patient receiving fentanyl and bupivacaine. Surg Neurol Int. 2017; 8:159.

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