Department Pain Management
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Chinese, English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Postoperative Pain Management
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Epidural Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Facet Joint Blocks
  • Cervical, Thoracic And Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Comprehensive Pain Management
  • Diagnostic Epidural Differential Blocks
  • Discograms
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Epiduroscopy
  • Facet Median Nerve Branch Block
  • Implantable Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems
  • Implantable Spinal Cord Stimulaters Therapy
  • Intradiscal Intervention (idet, Biacculoplasty)
  • Intradiscal Procedure For Pain Relief
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Joint Injections
  • Management of Back and Neck Pain
  • Neuromodulation
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Occipital Nerve Stimulation
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Medicine
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Placement Of Cervical And Lumbar Tunneled Epidural Catheters
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • Second Opinion Neuropathic Pain
  • Selective Nerve Root Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Splanchenic Nerve Block
  • Sympathetic Nerve Blocks
  • Trigeminal Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Causalgia
  • Central Pain Syndrome
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Coccydynia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Herniated Disc
  • Interstitial Cystitis | Pelvic Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Occipital Headache
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain
  • Painful Joints
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Pediatric Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spine Pain
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
  • Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Tension Headaches
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
  • Vulvar Pain Syndromes
  • Vulvodynia
  • Whiplash
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About Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD

Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program.  He is Vice President for Scientific Affairs of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) and immediate past Chairman of the US Section of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) (2013-2015).

Dr. Cheng was trained in Pain Medicine at Harvard University (Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital), Surgery and Anesthesiology at the University of Louisville (Internship and Residency) in the US, Medicine and Neurology at the Qingdao University (MD) in China, and Neuroscience at the Universities of Guelph (PhD), Manitoba (PDF) and Alberta (PDF) in Canada.

Dr. Cheng is committed to patient care, research, education, and leadership in pain medicine. As a caregiver, Dr. Cheng is recognized as one of the 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in America (Becker's ASC Review, 2011), Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors Inc. 2015-16), and Top 10 Anesthesiologists in Cleveland (Vitals 2014). Dr. Cheng is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. As a principal investigator, Dr. Cheng has received research grants of more than $4 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, and other agencies. He has published more than 200 research papers, review articles, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Cheng is member of grant review panels/committees for the NIH and the Department of Defense. As educator, Dr. Cheng directs the largest and one of most prestigious pain medicine training programs in the US and has trained more than 130 clinical pain fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical research fellows. He is recognized as Best Teacher of the Year, as well as Staff of the Year, of Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine (2015). Dr. Cheng is a board member of the Association of Pain Program Directors.

As a recognized leader, Dr. Cheng is Associate Editor of Pain Practice, Senior Editor of Pain Medicine, and Editorial Board Member of Pain Physician. Dr. Cheng chairs the AAPM Scientific Review/Clinical Guideline Committee and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) Pain Medicine Examination Authors Group, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Pain Medicine, ASA Education Committee on Pain Medicine. Dr. Cheng has received more than 50 awards and honors from institutions, societies, and government agencies. Dr. Cheng has extensive research interests and clinical expertise, including the mechanisms and therapeutic strategies of chronic pain, sensory-motor integration in the spinal cord, clinical applications of neuromodulation, and stem cell biology and applications in pain medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Pain Management/Anesthesia
Boston, MA USA

Residency - University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, KY USA

Internship - University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, KY USA

Medical School - University of Guelph
biophysics and neuroscience
Guelph, Ontario,

Residency - Qingdao Medical College

Medical School - Qingdao Medical College
Bachelor of Medicine

Additional Training

  • Leading in Healthcare Leadership Class, Cleveland Clinic Academy and Board of Governors, Cleveland, Ohio, 08/2009-05/2010.  A 10-month course focusing on leadership in healthcare, human resource management, emotional intelligence, finances, marketing, organizational culture and team building.
  • Program Director Certification Program, Cleveland Clinic Education Institute, Department of Faculty Development, 09/2011-05/2012. Certification of Distinguished Development Award,  September of 2013.
  • PhD, biophysics, Interdepartmental Group of Biophysics and Department of Human Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 1991-1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, electrophysiology of neurons: cell membrane and receptors, Department of Physiology/Spinal Cord Research Centre, University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1995-1996
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, neural control of locomotion: neural networks and therapeutic strategies, Division of Neuroscience/Department of Physiology, University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1996-1998

Professional Highlights

  • Vice President for Scientific Affairs, American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) (2016-2019).
  • Chairman, USA Section of World Institute of Pain (2013-2015).
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Regenerative Medicine (AARM) (2016~)
  • Board of Directors, American Pain Association (2015-present)
  • Senior Editor, Pain Medicine (Official Journal of American Academy of Pain Medicine), 2015-present)
  • Associate Editor, Pain Practice (Official Journal of World Institute of Pain) (2011-present)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) (2015-2018).
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) (2013-present).
  • Chairman, AAPM Scientific Review/Clinical Guideline Committee (2011-present).
  • Member of National Institutes of Health Study sections/Grant review committee (National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group.
  • Expert Reviewer of grant applications to the US Army Medical Research and Material Command, the Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services division of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).
  • Published more than 200 research papers, reviews, book chapters, and abstracts.
  • Received research grants of $4 million from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and other funding agencies.
  • Editorial Boards: Pain Physician (Official Journal of Association of Interventional Pain Physicians)
  • Executive Board Member, Association of Pain Program Directors (2013-2016).
  • Committee Member, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Pain Medicine
  • Committee Member, ASA Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine.
  • Pain Medicine Examination Committee, American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR), and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). 
  • Examiner, World Institute of Pain, Fellow of Interventional Pain Physicians Board of Examination.
  • Previously worked or studied in Harvard University, University of Louisville, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, University of Guelph, and Qingdao University.
  • Trained more than 130 postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and clinical research fellows.
  • Received more than 40 honors and awards from institutions, societies, and government agencies.
  • Recognized for professional achievements and representing the medical community in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Editions of  Who's Who.


  • Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine

Specialty Interests

abdominal and pelvic pain, Abdominal Pain, abdominal pain and spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain, acute postoperative pain management, anesthesia for orthopedic surgery, back, back neuropathic, Back Pain, back/neck pain, cancer pain, CRP, complex regional pain syndrome, evaluation of back and neck pain, headache and orofacial pain, Headaches, interventional pain management, interventional pain management for back and neck pain, Low Back Pain, management of chronic pain, Neck Pain, neuromodulation, neuropathic, neuropathic pain, pain, pain management, pain management including spine, Pediatric Pain, pelvic pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, regional anesthesia, research, spinal cord stimulation, spine, spine pain

Awards & Honors

  • Dr. Cheng is recognized as one of the 70 Best Pain Physicians in the US (Becker's ASC Review), one of 25 Great Physicians in Ohio (Becker's Review), and one of Top 10 Anesthesiologists in Cleveland (Vitals). He has received Patients' Choice Awards for 5 consecutive years (Vitals), Most Compassionate Doctor Award (Vitals), among more than 50 honors from academic, societal, and governmental agencies. As a principle investigator, his research has been consistently funded in the last 18 years by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and other funding agencies. As an educator, he has trained more than 100 postdoctoral fellows, clinical research fellows, and clinical fellows. His achievements in education have been commended by the ACGME and the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute and recognized by a Certification of Distinguished Development from the Cleveland Clinic. His pain fellowship program is the recipient of American Academy of Pain Medicine 2016 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award. He was recognized as Staff of the Year Award, Pain Medicine, and Best Teacher Award, Department of Pain Management, Anesthesiology Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 2015.

Innovations & Patents

  • Dr. Cheng holds two US patents and two technology transfers/licensing. He is recipient of the Cleveland Clinic 2012 and 2007 Inventor Awards for his achievements in effectively treating back pain generated from the sacroiliac joint and his innovations of stem cell therapy for chronic pain and opioid tolerance. He is also the inventor of a wheelchair powered by electrical stimulation of paralyzed leg muscles, designed for patients with spinal cord injury and the elderly.


  • Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA)
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
  • World Institute of Pain (WIP)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • Association of Pain Program Directors  (APPD)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/31/2017, Dr. Cheng has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Cheng receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Purdue Pharma L.P.

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

74 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Overall Star Ratings
4.4 out of 5
Explains 4.4
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.4
Knows Medical History 4.3
Time Spent with Patient 4.3
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.4

2 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017

Dr Cheng is the best. He smiles, answers questions, and is concerned.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2017

Dr. Cheng always takes care to make sure I am informed about my condition and how it is progressing. He is caring, thoughtful and kind. I would recommend him to anyone who needed pain care.

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