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Zhonghui Guan


Pain management physician
Physician-scientist who studies and treats chronic pain

Dr. Zhonghui Guan is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. He has particular expertise in treating chronic pain, including low back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, failed back surgery syndrome and cancer pain.

In his research, Guan focuses on better understanding the regulation of gene expression in chronic pain. Gene expression regulation is essentially cell processes that control synthesis of proteins or other products that play a role in body functions.

Guan earned his medical degree at Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. He completed an anesthesia residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a pain management fellowship at UCSF.

Guan is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists and Society for Neuroscience.

  • Education

    Peking Union Medical College, 1994

  • Residencies

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Anesthesia, 2006

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pain Management, 2009

  • Board Certifications

    Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology

    Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

  • Languages


My career goal is to bridge cutting-edge scientific research with clinical practice, developing better ways to treat patients with chronic pain.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    61 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 22, 2023
    Wonderful professional people
    Aug 31, 2023
    The reason I still see Dr. Guan given the multiple bad experience is that he is the only one in the UCSF pain can handle my case based on multiple feedbacks from other UCSF doctors that are currently seeing me.
    Aug 05, 2023
    Astoundingly kind responsive to my stated needs. Professional
    Jul 17, 2023
    So good!
    Jun 10, 2023
    Again it was upsetting that the nurses seemed surprised about the nature of my appointment and the doctor who I was scheduled to see wasn't present until searched for and he didn't administer my shots.
    May 28, 2023
    The resident on the call was very friendly and had good bedside manner and was a good listener. The doctor was a good listener as well but seemed a little bit dismissive for a first encounter. The resident asked most of the initial questions and the doctor followed up at the end of the call with offering to do a nerve block procedure. Other options risks benefits etc were not discussed. I did mention how long I'd been waiting to just schedule an apt and the doctor apologized and said he'd let the management know and I appreciated that.
    Jan 28, 2023
    I would have liked a written version of the procedure for explaining to me and family exactly what is being done.
    Oct 15, 2022
    He was very kind and caring quite unlike the care I recently received by Marin health/ucsfAnd extremely knowledgeable about the origins of my specific issues
    Sep 22, 2022
    I'd like him to do the procedure not a resident