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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
    60 Ratings
    About our process
    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
    Aug 25, 2021
    I was led to believe another proocedure would be done
    May 15, 2021
    I didn't get any post procedure information but I looked some up online.
    May 15, 2021
    I have been a patient of Dr. Guan's for many years. He is a caring doctor and has been effective in giving me the treatment I need for my condition.