Professor of Anesthesiology,
Director, Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
Member of HHS Pain Management
Inter-Agency Task Force
Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, FIPP 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 Practices Inter-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 also a member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Expert Work Group (EWG) to develop, specify, and maintain clinical quality measures.
As a physician investigator, Dr. Cheng has directed basic, translational, and clinical investigations of stem cells, opioid tolerance, and chronic pain. His research is supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, and other funding agencies.
Dr. Cheng has published more than 250 articles including investigations on opioid tolerance and neuropathic pain. As an educator, Dr. Cheng has published two textbooks (Springer-Nature) (Oxford University Press) and has given more than 150 lectures/presentations world-wide. He has trained more than 150 clinical pain fellows and postdoctoral research fellows. 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 has served 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 at Massachusetts 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.
Honors & Awards
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).
- Mekhail, N. A., Cheng, J., Narouze, S., Kapural, L., Mekhail, M. N., & Deer, T. (2010). Clinical applications of neurostimulation: forty years later. Pain Practice, 10(2), 103-112.
- Mekhail, N. A., Mathews, M., Nageeb, F., Guirguis, M., Mekhail, M. N., & Cheng, J. (2011). Retrospective review of 707 cases of spinal cord stimulation: indications and complications. Pain Practice, 11(2), 148-153.
- Cheng, J., & Abdi, S. (2007). Complications of joint, tendon, and muscle injections. Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management, 11(3), 141-147.
- Van Boxem, K., Cheng, J., Patijn, J., Van Kleef, M., Lataster, A., Mekhail, N., & Van Zundert, J. (2010). 11. Lumbosacral radicular pain. Pain Practice, 10(4), 339-358.
- Cheng, J., Pope, J. E., Dalton, J. E., Cheng, O., & Bensitel, A. (2013). Comparative outcomes of cooled versus traditional radiofrequency ablation of the lateral branches for sacroiliac joint pain. The Clinical journal of pain, 29(2), 132-137.
- Soin, A., Cheng, J., Brown, L., Moufawad, S., & Mekhail, N. (2008). Functional outcomes in patients with chronic nonmalignant pain on long‐term opioid therapy. Pain Practice, 8(5), 379-384.