Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, FIPP

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Department of Pain Management, Cleveland, OH

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.