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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, Thoracic And Lumbar Epidural Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Interventional Spine Procedures
  • Ketamine Infusions
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Medial Branch Blocks
  • Pain Rehabilitation
  • Piriformis Injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar 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 Radiculopathy
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Pain
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
View all 28 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 - Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
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 8/21/2022, 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.

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

89 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

This first visit has renewed my hope in specialty care doctors. I heard a lot of new ideas and approaches to get to the root cause of my chronic pain. I can't wait to get started.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Dr. Tankha exhibited extremely good knowledge, wonderful compassion and understanding, and a willingness to try to help me as an individual. I did not feel as "just a number," or "just another patient" - he made me feel important as an individual and that my body chemistry is individual with responses that are not necessarily "just like everyone else's."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Dr Tankha Always gives his full attention and does not make one feel hurried or inconvenienced. He listened carefully, explained things well and I would recommend anyone who has the privilege of access to choose him as a doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Great doctor exlplained everything

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Dr. Tanka is always very kind and willing to help, which seems to be getting more rare in the healthcare industry. He always wishes to improve the lives of his patients any way he can and I am very grateful for Dr. Tankha.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

He is an excellent provider and he allowed me to be a partner in my healthcare decisions

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Dr. Tankha is very kind and excels at listening to my concerns and questions.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

He is an amazing physician

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

I love Dr. Tankha. He is always kind, concerned, concerned, and honest. I wish he lived closer to me. He is the best.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2022

Good doctor, very understanding and patient.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Dr Tankha answered all of our questions after taking the time to actually listen to them all. He was very kind.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Session with Dr Tankha was excellent - very thorough and informative. I am now hopeful for chronic pain reduction that meds, surgeries and injections have not provided.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

I really appreciated when the doctor would circle back with what we were discussing. He never talked to fast or above me which I really valued.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Dr. Tankha is my all-time favorite doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

This was one of the best doctor visits I have ever had.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

He is a very good Doctor he listen to my problems and he places me to the right team.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

Dr Tanka is the most caring helpful doctor.

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 !

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