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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


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Ketamine Infusions
  • Medial Branch Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
View all 4 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Pain
View all 6 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 the Center for 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 - Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/22/2021, 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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* 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

84 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

I am highly confident in my doctor

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

The Doctor was knowledgeable, patient, and thorough. He did not rush the appointment. A very good experience.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr. Tankha was the best doctor I have ever seen. He is caring, kind, knowledgeable, courteous, has an answer for everything. He Is a great listener! He tells you the truth. He takes time with you to hear your concerns. He makes you a plan out and he has his team on board.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Never been too a Dr so caring ! Your choice but these are my recommendations !

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Dr. Tankha always takes the time to explain things and listen to my concerns. He never rushes the call and makes sure he's addressed everything.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Had a good experience. When calling the doctor back I was transferred like 3 different times until someone finally transferred me to the right place.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

I feel the doctor really took the time to talk to me.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

I really felt that Dr. Tahnka cared personally about my well-being.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

I'm very happy with Dr.Tanhka he listens to everything I am telling him about my injuries and he thoroughly explains what he is going to do and wants me to do.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr Tanka was a joy to experience. Knowledgable, empathetic, positive, but also kept the conversation "real" regarding next steps and patient involvement. I felt like I had a workable plan when I left his office.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Dr. Tanka is a wonderful doctor. He has been very easy to talk and shows genuine concern for my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Loved this doctor explained everything so well

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Dr. Tankha has been a blessing. He listened to my problem and is doing everything in his power to help. He is a credit to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Thoughtful doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

This was my first appointment with Dr. Tankha, and he was truly excellent. Incredibly thoughtful, thorough, and kind. Very grateful to be in his care. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Speaking with Dr Tankha was wonderful. Very good experience

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

I felt Dr. Tonkha and Dr. Cheng and Ms. Ferguson have each individually did an amazing job of expressing empathy regarding my struggles with C-PTSD; including me in my care decisions; and offering all reasonable services in an attempt to help me, sometimes just by listening. I once was trained in transformative mediation and upon reflecting on that experience I think the biggest insight that I've had is the value and restorative power, i.e., healing power that comes from simply being heard, of knowing that there is someone else to share in one's experiences in recovery. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

excellent! my visit with Dr Panka was well worth & then some the 3 1/2 hour one way drive I made.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr was very good to talk to.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

When beginning with a new Dr. about pain, it is very difficult to wait 1 1/2 months to see him/her.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

the doctor is very patient, kind and compassionate.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

I really like the doctor

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

dr. tankha promised that we could do the psychology counseling portion of the pain clinic virtually. to travel 4 hours each way for a one hour session is very difficult. we were impressed with Dr. Tankha's interview and I'm sure he was sincere BUT the scheduler for the psychological sessions explained that virtual meetings are simply NOT done by the psychology staff. It seems to me that there is a glaring lack of communication in the organization. It would be. far better if everyone was on the same page....especially since Covid has made virtual interviews a reality. I'd rather personally discuss this

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr. Tankha was great. getting different information from the scheduler for Dr. Tankha's recommendation was Incostent and very discouraging

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Dr Tanka and staff were excellant

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