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George W. Pasvankas


Pain medicine specialist

Dr. George W. Pasvankas is a specialist who cares for patients with chronic pain, including cancer pain, neck and low back pain, neuropathic pain syndromes and complex regional pain syndrome. He also cares for patients undergoing anesthesia for surgery, including preoperative assessment and management, intraoperative anesthetic management, and postoperative management and recovery.

Pasvankas earned his medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, followed by a residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in pain medicine at UCSF.

Pasvankas serves as director for the UCSF fellowship program in pain medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and California Society of Anesthesiologists.

  • Education

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2002

  • Residencies

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Anesthesiology, 2006

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pain Medicine, 2008

  • Board Certifications

    Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

    Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    298 Ratings
    About our process
    Aug 25, 2023
    I have recommended two of my friends so far. The quality of care that I get from the doctors and the staff is above and beyond anything you can expect from any other hospital.
    Aug 21, 2023
    I wasn't informed prior to the procedure that the doctor would be directing a resident in the actual performance of the procedure.
    Aug 14, 2023
    Dr. Pasvankas is superb patient polite and informative.
    Aug 12, 2023
    Dr Pasvankas is a wonderful person and doctor. He is always willing to listen to me and advise me of my health concerns.
    Aug 10, 2023
    Dr. Pasvankas is an excellent listener and has always been a great source of information about my medical condition. He offers ideas and plans for my situation. Very clear in his explanations.
    Jul 25, 2023
    Have have recommended my Dr. To many friends
    Jul 21, 2023
    Dr Pasvankas and his team are a bright star in the UCSF constellation. They are all great and work together effectively to deliver a great service. They are professional and also great people.
    Jul 11, 2023
    Dr. Pasvankas is the very best pain-management physician that I have known in the past 40 years of suffering.
    Jul 09, 2023
    Dr Pasvankas And staff are always incredibly supportive and professional and highly competent
    Jul 02, 2023
    My doctor was fantastic.
    Jun 28, 2023
    Jun 27, 2023
    Excellent communication !
    Jun 24, 2023
    Dr Pasvankas is as good as a doctor gets
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr. Pasvankas is always very kind and listens to what you have to say
    Jun 05, 2023
    And do!
    Jun 01, 2023
    I have a strange condition. Docs wanted to be helpful. But I have to start over with injections which do no good before I can move to some other treatment.
    May 25, 2023
    I am always open to new treatment options. I am willing to listen to doctor recommendations always. Those were not offered. I was told verbatim "deal with it".
    May 12, 2023
    In all I thought it was a very good clinic. I had a pleasant experience as far as going to the doctor which I don't lie all in. No I was very satisfied.
    Apr 20, 2023
    Veryy good experience. Better than I've had before.
    Apr 11, 2023
    The highest level of service ever!!!!!
    Apr 09, 2023
    Dr. Pasvankas is the man
    Mar 30, 2023
    It's been a very long path. I am grateful.
    Mar 19, 2023
    Dr Pasvankas is an awesome doctor. I have known him for many years and he has always been very kind.
    Feb 21, 2023
    My case was difficult. Dr Pasvankas never quit trying and came up with the solution.THANKS DOC
    Jan 26, 2023
    My thanks to the team for understanding I was kind of hyper b/c I was short on sleep & I get wound up rather than quiet when real tired
    Jan 23, 2023
    He was very prepared and had researched my health history very thoroughly.
    Jan 21, 2023
    Managing expectations. I had been told that the Pain Management Group was a team and would weigh in on my pain situation but that was not the case. The doctor was totally focused on the treatment which he did very well. But not having anyone there to find out what is wrong with me was devastating.
    Dec 28, 2022
    Dec 26, 2022
    Top grade professionalism.
    Dec 26, 2022
    I like the fact my wife could be involved and we didn't feel rushed. It was a very relaxed conversation.
    Nov 27, 2022
    I feel very lucky and well taken care of at UCSF Pain Management!
    Nov 14, 2022
    My over all care experience has been completely different from any treatment I've ever received over the years. I've been dealing with other care team professional / experts whose claims to give me a better chance of having some type of normalcy in my life. And ending up with UCSF has been the best thing that has happened for me since my fall and the car accident. So it's not a 100% fixes But having 20% to 25% more use of my body has been better than ever. Meaning I can think more clearly I can have a lil more time with family I don't have to be afraid to go hang out with my family and have a good time without feeling like I'm going to get rushed to the hospital due to all the pain and pressure on my spine. I feel more optimistic about my future and my body getting at least 20 to 30% more better than where I'm at now.
    Nov 12, 2022
    Doctor appears more interested in his medical student trainees than in the patient.
    Oct 14, 2022
    I had an amazing experience compared to what I be been dealing with prior
    Oct 08, 2022
    The UCSF pain management clinic deserves a new building ASAP.
    Sep 30, 2022
    Dr. Pasvankas and his fellow are outstanding at what they do for me.
    Sep 19, 2022
    Pasvankas is a total professional
    Aug 28, 2022
    Dr. Pasvankas is a rare 5 DR who goes over and beyond. I will actually be sort of sad if I can get my pain under control for one reason alone and that is that my contact with Dr. P will be rare. My contact with Dr. Pasvankas now is frequent and he is working diligently with me going up the ladder of options to get my problem under control. It is not controlled yet but we are not giving up and working together as we have one final option to hopefully get my pain under control. Dr. P. Helps me keep my spirit alive which is why I love him..
    Aug 28, 2022
    Dr.Pasvankas has always been respectful courteous and compassionate in my interactions with him. I appreciate his willingness in sharing his knowledge and experience with me Additionally he listens to me and is willing to understand what concerns I have if any.
    Aug 27, 2022
    Very poor follow up after appointment
    Aug 26, 2022
    Dr. Pasvankas truly provides Legendary Patient Care.
    Aug 07, 2022
    Dr. Pasvankas is always on top of his game and never misses a beat. Nothing goes past him. At the end of this procedure he have me instructions that were out of synch with this procedure & I did not know why but I was dazed by all the sedation. It was not until I stepped out of the office that I realized that another thing did not go right with the procedure. The next day the Fellow phoned me to explain exactly what went wrong. Dr. P felt worse about this procedure not working out for me than I did & I did not lose faith because we have ONE more thing we can try before I lose ALL HOPE.
    Aug 05, 2022
    The provider was very kind and thorough. I wish they had a better office space. The area is tiny and old. Can't they be moved into the new building where MS patients are seen??
    Jul 23, 2022
    Love this Care Provider. His care and ability to interact with patient on personal things is so helpful to forming a team to deal with problems.
    Jul 21, 2022
    Everything was explained in detail to my satisfaction.
    Jun 13, 2022
    Jun 09, 2022
    Dr. Pasvankas carefully explains everything always and never omits anything. I know because I was a student of nursing myself and worked in the field for years.
    Jun 04, 2022
    I am only wondering why my care team did not go ahead and place 2 DRG wires to begin with for my 1st neurmodular trial based on my post trial research. I read a Cleveland study online that does mention that people with foot pain do better with DRG wires that with DCS wires and I wish now that I knew that before rather than after having 1 DCS wire and 1 DRG wire placed as the DCS wire did absolutely not good for me.
    Apr 12, 2022
    I am still wondering about the result of the surgery. I don't know if went well which medications I can take or not and mostly explaining facts and/or medications while under sedations I found this a bit loose. How am I suppose to remembered what all has been said to me?
    Apr 06, 2022
    Discussed pain management needs for an upcoming surgery. Notes in MyChart were helpful for the surgeon (not at UCSF but on EPIC)
    Mar 19, 2022
    EXELAINT listener made me comfortable relaxed discussed all my options made me feel like I had seen him on regular visits but it was only my first visit to see this specialist
    Mar 08, 2022
    I have a somewhat complicated case with a lot of different therapies and other medical situations. Dr Pasvankas never misses a beat. He is so clear thinking present patient- or service-oriented and so clearly authentic and enthusiastic about the way he connects with everyone (staff and me). He is a pleasure and a role model.
    Mar 04, 2022
    As I have stated in previous surveys and will state again today Dr. Pasvankas has not is still unchanged in his high standards of perfection. He is a pain specialist that I trust. He includes me in our treatment plan. He cares about me and I know my well being & safety is his priority. I would trust him with my life. He is well versed with my health history & I know he looks after his fellowship doctors with a fine tooth comb.
    Feb 14, 2022
    Dr. Pasvankas is a great doctor. Very knowledgeable regarding my condition and open to my concerns and ideas.
    Jan 27, 2022
    The provider I feel did listen to my concerns about second injections.
    Jan 07, 2022
    My experience with this provider was top notch. I was very relaxed he explained everything.
    Jan 07, 2022
    He had a caring and friendly bedside manner and explained information well. Unfortunately he like many practitioners is influenced by the every-broad-brushing of all patients in regard to pain medication treatment thanks to the "opioid crisis." I tried to discuss a possible increase or change in my pain meds (he would advise my PCP not prescribe himself) and he avoided the issue though it is an important part of my pain management--in fact the only modality that allows me to get out of bed and do the bare minimum in my day to day life with an unacceptable quality of life currently--and I have poor pain management. There is ample documentation of my multiple surgeries in the past as well as my conditions that require this medication yet he also did not want to address this only recommended steroid injection which I have multiple experiences with in the past with little to no relief and actual pain flare ups. Not surprising considering that is usually the main focus of pain management clinics and their main source of revenue. Though I liked him as a physician and he seemed empathetic knowledgeable and friendly....his refusal to address my pain meds or advise my PCP regarding dosing was disappointing. She is willing to adjust my meds if a pain management specialist advises it. Its too bad so many doctors are being influenced by the "opioid crisis" hysteria--and chronic pain patients like myself continue to suffer because of it.
    Nov 09, 2021
    Resident fellow should have read primary visit in chart before seeing me that's minimal expectation for any Patient she did not know much about me
    Nov 08, 2021
    Dr. Pasvankas ans his Associate (Fellowship Dr) were both fantastic. Both were well briefed with my condition and last procedure and very compassionate professional and expert in their questions and concern. They know I am going through a different problem that is vexing and putting off me getting a more permanent pain procedure until we can get the vexing problem worked out. They are very kind and understanding about that as well and supporting me because after years I finally decided to have a DCS and then the vexing incidental problem cropped up!@#@!!!!!. They have been very kind during this & have offered me much moral suport as well as helped me get a specialist referral @ UCSF when my PCP was "sitting on it."
    Oct 23, 2021
    If I knew this procedure was so painful I would have searched th United Dtates for a better doctor or procedure

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