Patricia Zheng, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1500 Owens St., #320
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MABS2008Chemical Engineering and Biology
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAMD2012Doctorate of Medicine
    Stanford University, Stanford, CA2016PM&R Residency
    Stanford University, Stanford, CA2017PM&R Fellowship in Interventional Spine

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    My research interest is in harnessing the power of emerging technologies to improve non-operative management of chronic spinal conditions. I have a background in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and have fellowship training in interventional spine care. My recent research projects have included building mobile applications to more granularly track outcomes after spinal injections and building a national cohort of chronic low back pain to better phenotype biopsychosocial features capable of influencing outcome.

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    1. The Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program: Structure, Research Priorities, and Methods. Pain Med. 2023 08 04; 24(Suppl 1):S3-S12. Mauck MC, Lotz J, Psioda MA, Carey TS, Clauw DJ, Majumdar S, Marras WS, Vo N, Aylward A, Hoffmeyer A, Zheng P, Ivanova A, McCumber M, Carson C, Anstrom KJ, Bowden AE, Dalton D, Derr L, Dufour J, Fields AJ, Fritz J, Hassett AL, Harte SE, Hue TF, Krug R, Loggia ML, Mageswaran P, McLean SA, Mitchell UH, O'Neill C, Pedoia V, Quirk DA, Rhon DI, Rieke V, Shah L, Sowa G, Spiegel B, Wasan AD, Wey HM, LaVange L. PMID: 36622041; PMCID: PMC10403298.
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    2. CAPER: patient preferences to inform nonsurgical treatment of chronic low back pain: a discrete-choice experiment. Pain Med. 2023 Aug 01; 24(8):963-973. Wilson L, Zheng P, Ionova Y, Denham A, Yoo C, Ma Y, Greco CM, Hanmer J, Williams DA, Hassett AL, Scheffler AW, Valone F, Mehling W, Berven S, Lotz J, O'Neill C. PMID: 36975607.
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    3. Evidence-based interventions to treat chronic low back pain: treatment selection for a personalized medicine approach. Pain Rep. 2022 Sep-Oct; 7(5):e1019. Mauck MC, Aylward AF, Barton CE, Birckhead B, Carey T, Dalton DM, Fields AJ, Fritz J, Hassett AL, Hoffmeyer A, Jones SB, McLean SA, Mehling WE, O'Neill CW, Schneider MJ, Williams DA, Zheng P, Wasan AD. PMID: 36203645; PMCID: PMC9529058.
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    4. Compensatory biomechanics and spinal loading during dynamic maneuvers in patients with chronic low back pain. Eur Spine J. 2022 07; 31(7):1889-1896. Nyayapati P, Booker J, Wu PI, Theologis A, Dziesinski L, O'Neill C, Zheng P, Lotz JC, Matthew RP, Bailey JF. PMID: 35604457; PMCID: PMC9252943.
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    5. Objective features of sedentary time and light activity differentiate people with low back pain from healthy controls: a pilot study. Spine J. 2022 04; 22(4):629-634. Tomkins-Lane C, Sun R, Muaremi A, Zheng P, Mohan M, Ith MA, Smuck M. PMID: 34798245.
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    6. What does the patient with back pain want? A comparison of patient preferences and physician assumptions. Spine J. 2022 02; 22(2):207-213. Smuck M, Barrette K, Martinez-Ith A, Sultana G, Zheng P. PMID: 34551322.
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    7. Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Hip Pain: A Comprehensive, Narrative Review. Pain Med. 2021 07 25; 22(Suppl 1):S14-S19. Cheney CW, Ahmadian A, Brennick C, Zheng P, Mattie R, McCormick ZL, Nagpal A. PMID: 34308954.
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    8. Evaluation of human cartilage endplate composition using MRI: Spatial variation, association with adjacent disc degeneration, and in vivo repeatability. J Orthop Res. 2021 07; 39(7):1470-1478. Wang L, Han M, Wong J, Zheng P, Lazar AA, Krug R, Fields AJ. PMID: 32592504; PMCID: PMC7765737.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    9. Variability among methods and timing of pain assessment tools for tracking improvement of lumbar stenosis patients after surgery. Spine J. 2020 11; 20(11):1826-1831. Tomkins-Lane C, Zheng PZ, Sun R, Smuck M. PMID: 32534134.
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    10. Digital Care for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: 10,000 Participant Longitudinal Cohort Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 05 11; 22(5):e18250. Bailey JF, Agarwal V, Zheng P, Smuck M, Fredericson M, Kennedy DJ, Krauss J. PMID: 32208358; PMCID: PMC7248800.
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    11. Pain and Functional Outcomes After Sacroiliac Joint Injection with Anesthetic and Corticosteroid at Six Months, Stratified by Anesthetic Response and Physical Exam Maneuvers. Pain Med. 2020 01 01; 21(1):32-40. Schneider BJ, Ehsanian R, Huynh L, Levin J, Zheng P, Kennedy DJ. PMID: 31106837.
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    12. Radiofrequency Ablation for Posterior Sacroiliac Joint Complex Pain: A Narrative Review. PM R. 2019 08; 11 Suppl 1:S105-S113. Yang AJ, McCormick ZL, Zheng PZ, Schneider BJ. PMID: 31169356.
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    13. Challenges in Diagnosing Sacroiliac Joint Pain: A Narrative Review. PM R. 2019 08; 11 Suppl 1:S40-S45. Schneider BJ, Rosati R, Zheng P, McCormick ZL. PMID: 31020770.
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    14. Trends in steroid agent and diluent choices for epidural steroid injections: a survey of Spine Intervention Society physicians. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2019 May 24. Clements N, Vydra D, Cushman DM, Nagpal A, Julia J, Zheng P, McCormick ZL. PMID: 31129616.
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    15. Image-Guided Sacroiliac Joint Injections: an Evidence-based Review of Best Practices and Clinical Outcomes. PM R. 2019 08; 11 Suppl 1:S98-S104. Zheng P, Schneider BJ, Yang A, McCormick ZL. PMID: 31115176.
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    16. Intra-articular Steroids vs Saline for Lumbar Z-Joint Pain: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial. Pain Med. 2019 02 01; 20(2):246-251. Kennedy DJ, Fraiser R, Zheng P, Huynh L, Levin J, Smuck M, Schneider BJ. PMID: 30541041.
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    17. Advice to give advice. Spine J. 2017 10; 17(10):1547-1548. Zheng PZ, Smuck M. PMID: 28947012.
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    18. A minimum of 5-year follow-up after lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections in patients with lumbar radicular pain due to intervertebral disc herniation. Spine J. 2018 01; 18(1):29-35. Kennedy DJ, Zheng PZ, Smuck M, McCormick ZL, Huynh L, Schneider BJ. PMID: 28962912.
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    19. Objective measurement of function following lumbar spinal stenosis decompression reveals improved functional capacity with stagnant real-life physical activity. Spine J. 2018 01; 18(1):15-21. Smuck M, Muaremi A, Zheng P, Norden J, Sinha A, Hu R, Tomkins-Lane C. PMID: 28962914; PMCID: PMC5732871.
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    20. Stagnant Physical Therapy Referral Rates Alongside Rising Opioid Prescription Rates in Patients With Low Back Pain in the United States 1997-2010. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 May 01; 42(9):670-674. Zheng P, Kao MC, Karayannis NV, Smuck M. PMID: 28441685.
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    21. App Development for Therapeutic Exercise. PM R. 2017 05; 9(5S):S116-S117. Zheng P, Leff G, Ith MA, Smuck M. PMID: 28527496.
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    22. Variability Among Pain and Function Assessment Tools for Tracking Improvement of Lumbar Stenosis Patients After Surgery. PM R. 2016 Sep; 8(9S):S159. Zheng PZ, Lane C, Smuck M. PMID: 27672766.
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    23. Safety of epidural steroid injections. Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2016 Aug; 15(8):1031-9. Schneider B, Zheng P, Mattie R, Kennedy DJ. PMID: 27148630.
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    24. Seated Tai Chi to alleviate pain and improve quality of life in individuals with spinal cord disorder. J Spinal Cord Med. 2016 05; 39(3):353-8. Shem K, Karasik D, Carufel P, Kao MC, Zheng P. PMID: 26914968; PMCID: PMC5073764.
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    25. Survey of Asian patients with hepatitis B infection: limited knowledge of transmission and screening of family members. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb; 17(1):112-7. Vijayan T, Zheng P, Nguyen C, Brown AM, Chen YW, Peters MG. PMID: 23913129; PMCID: PMC3880640.
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    26. Assessment and management of back pain. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Mar; 174(3):479. Kao MC, Zheng P, Smuck M. PMID: 24590093.
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    27. Demographic factors affect willingness to register as an organ donor more than a personal relationship with a transplant candidate. Dig Dis Sci. 2014 Jul; 59(7):1386-91. Regalia K, Zheng P, Sillau S, Aggarwal A, Bellevue O, Fix OK, Prinz J, Dunn S, Biggins SW. PMID: 24519521; PMCID: PMC4071122.
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    28. Duration of fluoroscopic-guided spine interventions and radiation exposure is increased in overweight patients. PM R. 2013 Apr; 5(4):291-6; quiz 296. Smuck M, Zheng P, Chong T, Kao MC, Geisser ME. PMID: 23435199.
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    29. Impact of student-run clinics on preclinical sociocultural and interprofessional attitudes: a prospective cohort analysis. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 Aug; 23(3):1058-72. Sheu L, Lai CJ, Coelho AD, Lin LD, Zheng P, Hom P, Diaz V, O'Sullivan PS. PMID: 24212159.
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    30. Impact of preclinical exposure to organ donation on knowledge and attitudes of medical students. Prog Transplant. 2012 Mar; 22(1):79-85, 109. Zheng P, Sammann A, Qiu M, Lee R, O'Sullivan P, Roberts J. PMID: 22489447.
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    31. Learning through service: student perceptions on volunteering at interprofessional hepatitis B student-run clinics. J Cancer Educ. 2011 Jun; 26(2):228-33. Sheu LC, Zheng P, Coelho AD, Lin LD, O'Sullivan PS, O'Brien BC, Yu AY, Lai CJ. PMID: 20652476; PMCID: PMC3098345.
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    32. Reduced effectiveness of standard recruitment for deceased organ donor registration: the need for population-specific recruitment materials. Dig Dis Sci. 2011 May; 56(5):1535-41. Zheng P, Kornfield R, Olmo C, Guy J, Inadomi J, Biggins SW. PMID: 21221784; PMCID: PMC3082042.
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    33. Modulation of acute diarrheal illness by persistent bacterial infection. Infect Immun. 2008 Nov; 76(11):4851-8. McBee ME, Zheng PZ, Rogers AB, Fox JG, Schauer DB. PMID: 18710857; PMCID: PMC2573363.
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