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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.

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