Nu Cindy Chai


Neurologist and pain medicine specialist

Dr. Nu Chai, who goes by Cindy, is a neurologist and pain management physician who cares for patients with chronic pain conditions. She has a special interest in treating pain resulting from problems with the nervous system.

Chai cares for patients who have neck and back pain, sciatica, disc herniations, headaches and many other conditions. She works closely with a team of specialists to recommend medications, physical therapy, psychological therapy and other complementary treatments. She provides a full range of interventional treatments, including epidural injections, joint injections, placement of neuromodulation devices (which send electric signals to control pain), nerve blocks (injecting an anesthetic to disrupt pain signals) and Botox injections.

Chai has published numerous papers related to neuropathic pain, migraine and other headache conditions. Her current research focuses on finding new treatments for neuropathic pain conditions, such as lumbar radiculopathy (often called sciatica) and post-herpetic neuralgia (lasting pain that can follow a shingles outbreak).

After earning her medical degree at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, Chai completed a residency in neurology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center. She then completed a fellowship in pain management at UCSF. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Pain Society and North American Neuromodulation Society.

  • Education

    Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, 2010

  • Residencies

    Johns Hopkins Medicine, Neurology, 2014

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pain Management, 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Pain Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Pain is a sensation and an experience, impacting many aspects of life. Managing pain requires the coordinated participation of the patient and many providers.

Clinics I work with

Pain Management Center

2255 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94143

My reviews


Overall Experience
235 Reviews
Dr. Chai is amazing she really listens to me and I appreciate her help
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
235 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
235 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
216 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
234 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
234 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
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