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Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Cervical Epidural Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Interventional Spine Procedures
  • Ketamine Infusions
  • Lumbar Epidural Injections
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Medial Branch Blocks
  • Pain Rehabilitation
  • Piriformis Injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Thoracic Epidural Injections
View all 17 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Facet Arthropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sciatica
  • Thoracic Spine Disorders
  • Whiplash
View all 30 Specialties +


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About Pavan Tankha, DO

Pavan Tankha, D.O. is a graduate of The University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic where he served as Chief Resident. He also completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Cleveland Clinic where he served as Chief Fellow.

Dr. Tankha has been practicing Pain Management since 2013. For 5 years he served as Chief of Pain Management at the Connecticut VA Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Tankha’s practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain. He uses a multimodal approach to pain utilizing the biopsychosocial model to increase function, and works with appropriate specialists to deliver the most appropriate care possible. He has published case reports, book chapters, and studies to help further advance the specialty of pain management. He is dual board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

Dr. Tankha is the Medical Director of Comprehensive Pain Recovery within the Neurological Institute. He offers interventional pain procedures and ketamine infusions for patients suffering from chronic pain. His role within the center is to focus on expanding intensive psychological treatments in order for patients to regain function.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pain Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - UMDNJ - School of Osteopathic Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine

Graduate School - Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA USA


  • Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/29/2023, Dr. Tankha 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

207 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

42 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Every interaction with Dr. Tankha has been gentle and respectful of my pain conditions. I feel heard.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

I love Dr. Tanka. He has a very kind and thorough approach. He takes his time and never makes me feel rushed.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

It's nice to have the virtual option for follow up. And again Dr. Tanka has the best bedside manner!

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024

The doctor took the time to explain the procedure as well as to tell me I could set up a virtual appointment with him so as not to have to travel so far.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr Tanka is very good. You have answers and a plan and he makes sure you understand. Rare to find.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr Tanka's concern, knowledge and ever-present precience makes him a giant of the great corps of Cleveland Clinic doctors

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Awesome doctors they listen to your problems and give feedback. They explain things that are very easy to understand. Only problem is the wait time for appointment.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

Dr shows true general concern about my well being. This a rare quality found in drs now a days.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Tankha is wonderful!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Butt along with my wife and I discussed a plan and it's so good to have a plan. Dr. Butt is to the point and I like that a lot, I don't have enough doctors that are like that. He laid out the risks, the benefits and the steps to get through the process in an orderly fashion. I do like "orderly."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

I was able to explain my issues with my last treatment, and my doctor listened, explained, and is going to make some adjustments for my next treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr. Tankha is committed to pursuing all avenues to achieve relief for my pain. He is genuinely concerned about my condition and thoroughly explained the reason for the treatment that he is recommending. I feel very fortunate to have him in my corner.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr. Tankha is a phenomenal physician. He is very approachable and has a great bedside manner. He answers all of my questions and takes time to explain things to me. He is very knowledgeable and thorough and the clinic is incredibly lucky to have him!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

The wait time was unacceptable. I was asked to arrive at 7:30. I didn't see the doctor until almost 9. I didn't leave the office until after 9:30.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

I've never had such a great experience with a care team! Dr Tanha and his team are outstanding!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

This is literally the best most caring doctor I've ever had

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Dr. Tankha is an outstanding doctor. S great asset to the Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

I love Dr. Tankha & I am so grateful to be under his care!! However, I often have to wait a long time to get an appointment with him.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

The Dr. Was very attentive & caring & I believe that he is truly trying to help me.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

He is the best dr I've ever had. He is kind and prompt and I feel safe in his care. He treats me like I'm a human being which doesn't happen a lot with drs.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Really personable doctor that took his time with me and explained all my options.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

The video visit was East and Dr. Tankha is a top notch, great doc!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2023

Wonderful, Kind Physician!!!!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Tankha listened and answered ALL of my questions. He is an AMAZING Doctor. I was Very BLESSED to be seen by him. I Highly recommend him to ever one. Very CAREING and SMART man.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

I had one Doctor on cell AND one on video conference at same time!! Great job

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Dr. Tankha always makes me feel heard and takes time to explain to me any changes in medicines. I appreciate our conversations

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Provider very kind and gentle. Explained proposed treatments very nicely.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

It has been very easy to contact my doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

You need another category for Dr Tankha, like Extremely Good! He engenders trust, competence and compassion. He's direct but emphatic and has recommended a plan that I'm confident will work. And he saw me when he didn't have to.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

While this encounter was exceptional, all my physicians and especially NPS, over 20 years, have been excellent

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr Tankha is a wonderful doctor, explanations are with care & thought.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Really appreciated how the Dr listened and conversed with us.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2023

Despite scheduling difficulties encountered, Dr Tankha is the consummate care provider. The absolute best.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

It was a pleasure meeting Dr. Tankha for the first time. He was patient in answering my questions and explaining options for pain management. I also received a prompt response to a question I had a couple weeks later via My chart. Great first impression.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr Tankha read a document that I dropped off the day before describing the history of my condition. He also took the time to speak with my longtime provider, Joanne Schneider, about me. He was clear , direct and compassionate, and I left knowing that his team was going to get to the bottom of my severe pain condition. My anxiety level was enormously high before I saw him and it plummeted that night to a reasonable level. I'm so grateful to him.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Doctor Tankha explained many things to me about my condition and was very kind and he listened when I spoke to him. I've been doctoring at pain clinics in four different states for almost 30 years and no one has been able to help me yet, but I believe that Doctor Tankha has the answers I have been looking for.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Great service and a great Doctor

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

Dr. Tankha was very patient and respectful. I didn't feel rushed during my visit and he answered all of my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

This doctor is outstanding! He shows empathy, listened to all my concerns and changed my meds a bit which I am sure will help, he is so knowledgeable, kind, and all the other good traits imaginable for a great doctor. I am so lucky to have him helping me in this journey.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Wonderful health care workers tell hos boss he's doing a great job

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Dr. Tankha was a very good listener. He gave me all the time I needed, was very professional and knowledgeable. After evaluating my spinal problems, he has referred me to additional programs that might help to reduce my pain. I was very satisfied.

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

I am planning to seek further help as recommended by Dr. Tankha. The care I have received so far has been very impressive.

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