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Department Pain Management
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal wall block
  • Acute Postoperative Pain Management
  • Bursa Injection
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Epidural Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Facet Joint Blocks
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Discograms
  • Epidural blood patch
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Fluoroscopy-guided interventional pain management
  • Ganglion Impar Block
  • Hypogastric Plexus Block
  • Implantable dorsal root ganglion stimulation therapy
  • Implantable Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems
  • Implantable Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy
  • Intradiscal Intervention (idet, Biacculoplasty)
  • Intradiscal Procedure For Pain Relief
  • Joint Injections
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Management of Back and Neck Pain
  • Medial Branch Blocks
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression
  • Neuromodulation
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Medicine
  • Second Opinion Neuropathic Pain
  • Selective Nerve Root Injection
  • Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block and RFA
  • Splanchnic Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Transforaminal Injections
  • Trigeminal Nerve Blocks
  • Trigeminal Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Bursa Tendon Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks and joint injections
View all 38 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Back Pain
  • Brachial plexopathy
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Causalgia
  • Cervical Facet Syndrome
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
  • Chest wall pain
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic postsurgical pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Pain - Atypical
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Pain
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Headaches
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Interstitial Cystitis | Pelvic Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Painful diabetic neuropathy
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Post thoracotomy pain
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postlaminectomy syndrome lumbar
  • Post-Surgical Pain Syndromes
  • Radiculopathy
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Superior and inferior orbital neuralgia
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
View all 58 Specialties +


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About Jijun Xu, MD, PHD

Jijun Xu, MD, PhD, holds joint appointments in theDepartment of Pain Management, Anesthesiology Institute, and the Department ofInflammation and Immunity, Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He isan Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Collegeof Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Xu specializes in interventional pain management. Dr.Xu’s research interests include clinical outcomes and basic science of neuropathicpain. He is involved in multiple clinical trials at Cleveland Clinic. He is thePrincipal Investigator (PI) of the SENZA-PDN (Spinal cord stimulation forrefractory painful diabetic neuropathy) trial. He is also investigating the useof Ketamine and Nitrous Oxide in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome which he is aninvited speaker and book chapter contributor in this field. He is also the PIof a NIH-funded research to study the mechanisms underlyingChemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy.  He serves on the Research Committee of theAmerican Association of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Xu is interested in incorporating new advances in painmanagement into clinical practice and teaching residents and fellows. He wasselected as the “Best Teacher” and the “Cleveland Clinic Pain Medicine Staff ofthe Year” in 2016 and 2020.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pain Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Pain Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Medical Education - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Neuroscience and Genes and Development
Houston, TX USA

Graduate School - Nanjing Medical College
Microbiology and Immunology


Residency - Nantong University College of Medicine

Medical Education - Nantong University College of Medicine

Additional Training

  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Genes & Development; Opioid tolerance, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The University of Texas (UT) M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 2002-2007

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Inflammatory and Neuropathic Pain, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, TX 2007-2009


  • Anesthesiology

Specialty Interests

Neuropathic Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Back and Neck Pain, Musculoskeletal Pain, Abdominal and Pelvic Pain, Headache and Facial Pain, Cancer Pain, Acute Postoperative Pain

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 “Best Teacher” and “Cleveland Clinic Pain Medicine Staff of the Year”
  • 2020 NIH NCI grant “Complement in Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy”
  • 2020 NIH Study section panel “Somatosensory and Pain System”
  • 2016 “Best Teacher” and “Cleveland Clinic Pain Medicine Staff of the Year”
  • 2014 Chief Fellow, Pain Management, Cleveland Clinic
  • 2014 Best Abstract Award. 23nd Annual Meeting, International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP), New Orleans, LA
  • 2013 Best Abstract Award. 22nd Annual Meeting, International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP), San Francisco, CA
  • 2012 Third Place Award. 2012 Anesthesiology Research Day, Cleveland Clinic, OH
  • 2012 Best Abstract Award. 21st Annual Meeting, International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP), Washington, DC
  • 2011 Best of Show Honorable Mention. 20th Annual Meeting, International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP), Chicago, Illinois
  • 2011 Best of Resident Abstracts. 10th Annual Meeting and Workshops, American Society for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2010 First Place Award in basic science-pharmacology, Midwest Anesthesia Resident Conference (MARC), Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2010 Second Place Award. Annual Meeting, Ohio Society of Anesthesiologist, Columbus, Ohio
  • 2008 Best of Show - Elmer Zsigmund Abstract Award. 17th Annual Meeting, International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP), Orlando, Florida
  • 2005 Travel Award. International Narcotics Research Conference, Annapolis, MD
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/7/2021, Dr. Xu has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

50 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr. Xu is my favorite doctor. When my insurance company balked at approving my procedure 4 days before it was scheduled Dr Xu immediately contacted them and conducted the peer to peer review to acquire the approval. I had been under so much stress by Anthem's actions! Dr. Xu called me personally to tell me the result. I honestly cannot thank him enough- he went above and beyond.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Except for the scheduling part I am 100% sold on Dr. Xu's medical practices and his expertise. By giving me time where I am pain free- even if it is only for weeks, has been invaluable.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Dr. Park was very nice, great bedside manner, like Dr. Xu. At time for the epidural, he was very concerned for my comfort, talked me thru the procedure as he was doing it. Made sure I was okay in post-op, gave a very nice closing.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

I have to be honest.. My appt. was with Dr Xu. He was arrogant, condescending, obnoxious and down right rude. Talked to me like as if I were a complete idiot. I've never had any Dr. talk down to me like he did and after 29 years and 10 back surgeries I've talked to A LOT. He ignored my questions and talked about other things. He told me that when I was done with his pain meds plan that I would be back to thank him. I can tell you now that will NEVER happen. His plan has me headed for a wheelchair or a bed in 6 months after years of me doing everything possible to stay up and walking on my own power and he sees non of that. And once more he doesn't care. He just sees his own self inflated ego.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Nurse and not doctor injected my neck and shoulders. I am having great pain!

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Still have tremendous pain after injections in my neck and shoulders by a training physician.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

I learned things about my condition that no one had ever explained to me! Dr. Xu carefully described his planned treatment. For the first time in 3 years, I have hope!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

I'm so pleased to be able to see the best doctors & nurses/assistants. they were able to empathize with me regarding my situation. Their confidence in being able to improve things was very comforting.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

I didn't understand everything because my daughter wasn't allowed in the room with me. She's had to follow up with everything. The doctor was very nice and treated me well.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

The Intake department is slow and they recently scheduled me for an office visit with Dr. Xu when I was to be getting a procedure. That mistake by the Clinic delayed by procedure by another 30 days due to Covid scheduling complications. Your intake department needs work.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

I would recommend Dr. Xu to anyone, I even recommended my own mother. The third question above deals with the systems in my opinion. The Intake process needs work

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Dr. Xu's office was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I would so recommend his office.

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