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Xiaobing Yu


Pain medicine specialist

Dr. Xiaobing Yu is an anesthesiologist who collaborates with a health care team to improve quality of life and manage pain for patients with a wide array of chronic pain conditions. He provides innovative interventional procedures guided by ultrasound or fluoroscopy (an imaging technique using continuous X-rays) to treat many chronic and persistent pain conditions. These include mouth or face pain (such as trigeminal neuralgia), failed back surgery syndrome, facetogenic pain (involving the facet joints of the spine's vertebrae), neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome and pain associated with cancer.

Yu's research explores new treatments for neuropathic pain, with the goal of improving the standard of care for this chronic condition.

After earning his medical degree at Peking Union Medical College, Yu completed a residency in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He completed a fellowship in pain medicine at UCSF before joining the faculty.

Yu belongs to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and International Association for the Study of Pain.

Yu has a strong commitment to medical education. He directs the chronic pain rotation for UCSF residents as well as a specialty training course in pain management.

  • Education

    Peking Union Medical College, 1994

  • Residencies

    Peking Union Medical College, 1996

    Harvard Medical School, Anesthesiology, 2012

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pain Medicine, 2013

  • Board Certifications

    Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

    Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    102 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 22, 2023
    Dr. Yu always listens. Hears well and allies me to ask as many questions as necessary.
    Oct 30, 2023
    Dr.Yu is the best help for me. He listens and here's what I need. This is a return visit. Was not able to see him during Covid but I'm back for much needed help.
    Oct 03, 2023
    I like Dr Yu very much. When I left the office I felt really good about the decision I made to come to the pain management center.
    Sep 18, 2023
    I really liked Dr. Yu and the detailed explanation he gave me about my potential treatments including research that shows which treatment options tend to be more successful
    Aug 26, 2023
    Dr. Yu is a marvelous physician and I feel fortunate to have found him.
    Aug 26, 2023
    Very good explanation
    Aug 19, 2023
    He is the best Doctor I have ever met very caring listen to every word . Amazing human being I wish he can be my doctor for everything. I thank him so much.
    Aug 17, 2023
    Apr 23, 2023
    This was my second visit at UCSF. I have no complaints. Everyone has been wonderful.
    Mar 17, 2023
    I already explained my frustration.
    Feb 03, 2023
    Dr. Yu provided me all the medical options of treatment and informed me to see him right away if my pain is not getting better. He is a compassionate doctor by showing he cares and listening to any concerns of my health problems.
    Jan 28, 2023
    She is concerned about my health and always sends me to someone to help me with my problem if she can't help
    Jan 20, 2023
    Great communicator. Easily understood with clarity of speech
    Dec 17, 2022
    Where we live medical care is a joke it's nice to know we can (after a whole lot of trouble and effort) get the quality care EVERYONE deserves at places like UCSF.
    Nov 27, 2022
    I had a very good experience. Thank you.
    Nov 19, 2022
    All the staff including the doctor were amazing very sweet and gentle with me. Thank you all
    Oct 06, 2022
    He one of the best Doctors I ever met patient caring listening explaining and understanding very helpful. A wonderful Person & Doctor.
    Apr 10, 2022
    Very kind and understanding and listened to my concerns very good doctor
    Mar 03, 2022
    Dr. Yu is fantastic. He is an excellent doctor and I trust him implicitly with respect to my health care.