Patricia Zheng


Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist

Dr. Patricia Zheng is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who cares for patients with neck and back pain. She specializes in using minimally invasive techniques to improve function and decrease pain in patients with spinal disorders.

To detect injuries, Zheng performs electromyography, which measures how muscles respond to nerve signals, and nerve conduction studies, which measure how electrical impulses travel through nerves. She also performs image-guided injections – using X-rays or ultrasound – to alleviate pain and improve quality of life.

Zheng's research focuses on using emerging technologies to optimize and personalize care for patients with arthritic conditions. With the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders, she has received grants to develop mobile applications that collect patient data and facilitate delivery of personalized therapy. Her research has received awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine Intervention Society and North American Spine Society.

Zheng earned her medical degree from UCSF and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Stanford University, serving as chief resident. She then completed an interventional spine fellowship, in which she trained in advanced ultrasound- and X-ray-guided procedures, at Stanford.

Zheng grew up in South Pasadena, California. On weekends, she enjoys engaging in the sport of curling with her son and husband.

  • Education

    UCSF, 2012

  • Residencies

    Stanford University, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2016

  • Fellowships

    Stanford University, Interventional Spine Fellowship, 2017

  • Board Certifications

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

Clinics I work with

Spine Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A2300
San Francisco, CA 94143

San Mateo Primary and Specialty Care

1100 Park Place, Suite 100
San Mateo, CA 94403

My reviews


Overall Experience
230 Reviews
Dr. Zheng is one of the best doctors I have seen (and I have seen a lot). On my initial visit she very clearly had reviewed my complex history and spoke with my referring surgeon. She came up with a plan that addressed important risks which eased my mind about the procedure. She is kind attentive and clearly genuinely cares about the work she does.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
230 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
230 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
223 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
227 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
228 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
229 Reviews

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