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


Additional Locations

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
View all 32 Treatment & Services +

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
View all 58 Specialties +


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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 the President of American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) and immediate past Chair of the US Section of World Institute of Pain. He has recently been appointed to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pain Management Best PracticesInter-agency Task Force (PMTF) to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. Dr. Cheng is member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Countering the Opioid Epidemic Working Groups Education and Training Working Group; Research, Data, and Metrics Working Group). In addition, Dr. Cheng is member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Expert Work Group (EWG) todevelop, specify, and maintain clinical quality measures. As a clinician, Dr. Cheng was recognized by Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors Inc.), 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in the US (Becker's ASC Review), and Top Doctors (International Association of Anesthesiologists). As a physician investigator, Dr. Cheng has directed basic, translational, and clinical investigations ofstem cells, opioid tolerance, and chronic pain. 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 250 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 aneducator, Dr. Cheng has published two textbooks: Fundamentals of Pain Medicine (Springer-Nature, 2018) and Neuropathic Pain: A Case-based Approach to Practical Management (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has given more than 160 lectures/presentations world-wide. Dr. Cheng directs the largest and one of most prestigious pain medicine training programs in the US and has trained more than 150 clinical pain fellows and postdoctoral research fellows. He is recognized as Best Teacher of the Year, as well as Staff of the Year, of Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine in Cleveland Clinic (2015). Dr. Cheng is a board member of the Association of Pain Program Directors. His program is the recipient of American Academy of Pain Medicine 2016 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award. In addition, Dr. Cheng has played active leadership roles in the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and American Academy of Regenerative Medicine. He hasserved as Senior Editor, Associate Editor, and Section Editor for the scientific journals of “Pain Medicine”, “Pain Practice”, and “Pain Physician”. Dr. Cheng was trained in Pain Medicine at Harvard University (Fellowship atMassachusetts General Hospital), Surgery and Anesthesiology at University of Louisville (Residency), Neurology at the Qingdao University, and Neurosciences at the University of Guelph (PhD, Biophysics), University of Manitoba, and University of Alberta (PDF) in Canada.

Dr. Cheng has received more than 60 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 Education - University of Guelph
biophysics and neuroscience
Guelph, Ontario,

Residency - Qingdao Medical College

Medical Education - 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

  • President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (2018~
  • Member, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pain Management Best Practices Inter-agency Task Force (PMTF Feb 21, 2018-2019
  • Member of National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the US Opioid Epidemic, 2018-2020 (representing AAPM), Research, Data, and Metrics Working Group; Member of Education and Training Working Group 2018-2020.
  • Member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Expert Work Group (EWG) on the development of the measure evaluating potential opioid overuse. 2016.
  • Member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)Expert Work Group (EWG) to develop, specify, and maintain clinical quality measures used for reporting by eligible professionals (EPs) using certified electronic health record (EHR) systems. These measures are intended to support CMS efforts to develop a portfolio of clinical quality measures capitalizing on the clinical data documented in EHRs for use in EP reporting programs. 2016.
  • 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/Section Editor, Pain Medicine (Official Journal of American Academy of Pain Medicine), 2015-present)
  • Associate Editor, Pain Practice (Official Journal of World Institute of Pain) (2011-2017)
  • 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 260 research papers, reviews, book chapters, and abstracts.
  • Received research grants of more than $4 million from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Lisa Dean Moseley Foundation, 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 (2013-2017) 
  • Committee Member, ASA Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine (2014~).
  • 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), (2013-2018) 
  • 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 160 postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and clinical research fellows.
  • Received more than 60 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, 2016, and 2017 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

  • Cheng was recognized by Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors Inc.), 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in the US (Becker's ASC Review), and Top Doctors (International Association of Anesthesiologists), one of 25 Great Physicians in Ohio (Becker's Review), and one of Top 10 Anesthesiologists in Cleveland (Vitals). He has received Life-time Achievement Award (Marquis Who's Who, 2018), Patients' Choice Awards for 5 consecutive years (Vitals), Most Compassionate Doctor Award (Vitals), among more than 50 honors from academic, societal, and governmental agencies. 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 1/16/2019, Dr. Cheng 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

103 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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
4.5 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Knows Medical History 4.2
Time Spent with Patient 4.2
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

10 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Dr.Cheng and Kathleen are ABSOLUTELY wonderful

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

DR Cheng and his "student" was very thorough, patient and precise with his examination of me. took a great deal of time to listen and asked lots of questions. most comprehensive examination I've ever had. spent over 2 hours with me

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr. Cheng had a new Fellow and another new resident assisting him. Both did an outstanding job considering it was only their third day in the pain management clinic. As for Dr. Cheng, I have been his patient since 2008 and he has been very special, always giving me hope when a procedure doesn't work that there is still something else that may help. I depend on his expertise and he has not let me down. His manner is warm and friendly, his caring and kindness exceptional.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

I have through the years recommended Dr. Cheng and the Clinic pain management department to many others.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

As noted on the previous page, I thought Dr. Chmiela was outstanding considering this was only his third day on duty in the pain management clinic. He explained everything thoroughly, his manner was caring and he did the trigger point injections while Dr. Cheng looked on and Dr. Chmiela's injections were not painful and actually helped.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

My visit was on time and the procedure was just as described!! Dr and staff all very friendly and courteous, thouroughly explained everything!

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Great staff and nurses as well as Dr.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

I will attempt to do what the physician prescribed and hopes that it works.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2018

I can't say enough wonderful things about Dr. Cheng. I always feel I'm getting the best care possible every time I see him. He knows exactly what to do to alleviate your pain. Dr. Cheng is always pleasant and makes you feel at ease. He is a very humble man, and that's a rare quality in a doctor. May God Bless Him Always!

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2018

Everyone that works in pain management under Dr. Cheng is really great.

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