Zhonghui Guan, MD

Title(s)Professor, Anesthesia
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1550 Fourth Street, #345
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-885-7246
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    UCSF, San Francisco, CA08/2009Clinical Pain Fellow
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA08/2008Anesthesia Resident
    Columbia University, New York, NY07/2004Associate Research Scientist
    National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD04/1999Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    Peking Union Medical College (PUMC), Beijing, ChinaMD07/1994Medicine
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    U.S. News & World Report2012Top Doctor in Pain Management

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    Dr. Zhonghui Guan is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. He has particular expertise in treating chronic pain, including low back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, failed back surgery syndrome and cancer pain.

    In his research, Guan focuses on better understanding the regulation of gene expression in chronic pain. Gene expression regulation is essentially cell processes that control synthesis of proteins or other products that play a role in body functions.

    Guan earned his medical degree at Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. He completed an anesthesia residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a pain management fellowship at UCSF.

    Guan is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists and Society for Neuroscience.

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    Mechanisms and consequences of Hedgehog signaling and immune infiltration in schwannoma
    DOD NFRP NF200021Jul 15, 2021 - Jul 14, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Mechanism of microglia proliferation
    NIH R01NS121144Jun 1, 2021 - May 31, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Regulation of Nerve Injury-induced Gene Expression in Neuropathic Pain
    NIH R01NS100801Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Epigenetic regulation in neuropathic pain
    NIH K08NS078050Sep 30, 2012 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. ATF3 is a neuron-specific biomarker for spinal cord injury and ischaemic stroke. Clin Transl Med. 2024 Apr; 14(4):e1650. Pan JZ, Wang Z, Sun W, Pan P, Li W, Sun Y, Chen S, Lin A, Tan W, He L, Greene J, Yao V, An L, Liang R, Li Q, Yu J, Zhang L, Kyritsis N, Fernandez XD, Moncivais S, Mendoza E, Fung P, Wang G, Niu X, Du Q, Xiao Z, Chang Y, Lv P, Huie JR, Torres-Espin A, Ferguson AR, Hemmerle DD, Talbott JF, Weinstein PR, Pascual LU, Singh V, DiGiorgio AM, Saigal R, Whetstone WD, Manley GT, Dhall SS, Bresnahan JC, Maze M, Jiang X, Singhal NS, Beattie MS, Su H, Guan Z. PMID: 38649772; PMCID: PMC11035380.
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    2. Mismatched Postsurgical Opioid Prescription to Liver Transplant Patients: A Retrospective Cohort Study From a Single High-volume Transplant Center. Transplantation. 2024 Feb 01; 108(2):483-490. Chen VJ, Guan LS, Bokoch MP, Langnas E, Kothari R, Croci R, Campbell LJ, Quan D, Freise C, Guan Z. PMID: 38259180.
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    3. Opioid Overprescription and Underprescription to Patients After Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 08 01; 149(8):756-758. Kuo J, Langnas E, Zhang L, Seth R, Guan Z. PMID: 37347473; PMCID: PMC10288375.
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    4. Mismatched opioid prescription in patients discharged after neurological surgeries: a retrospective cohort study. Pain. 2023 Nov 01; 164(11):2615-2621. Campbell LJ, Mummaneni PV, Letchuman V, Langnas E, Agarwal N, Guan LS, Croci R, Vargas E, Reisner L, Bickler P, Chou D, Chang E, Guan Z. PMID: 37326642.
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    5. A Procedure for Mouse Dorsal Root Ganglion Cryosectioning. J Vis Exp. 2023 06 09; (196). He L, Zhao W, Zhang L, Ilango M, Zhao N, Yang L, Guan Z. PMID: 37358286.
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    6. Discharge Opioid Over- and Underprescription to Patients after General Surgery: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 08 01; 237(2):332-342. Guan LS, Langnas E, Bongiovanni T, Campbell LJ, Wick EC, Guan Z. PMID: 37096926.
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    7. Racial Differences in Postoperative Opioid Prescribing Practices in Spine Surgical Patients. Neurosurgery. 2023 03 01; 92(3):490-496. Letchuman V, He L, Mummaneni PV, Agarwal N, Campbell LJ, Shabani S, Chan AK, Abrecht CR, Miller C, Sankaran S, Rambachan A, Croci R, Berven SH, Chou D, Holly LT, Guan Z. PMID: 36700672.
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    8. The Role of Neuro-Immune Interactions in Chronic Pain: Implications for Clinical Practice. J Pain Res. 2022; 15:2223-2248. Su PP, Zhang L, He L, Zhao N, Guan Z. PMID: 35957964; PMCID: PMC9359791.
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    9. Opioid prescribing practices at hospital discharge for surgical patients before and after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2016 opioid prescribing guideline. BMC Anesthesiol. 2022 05 11; 22(1):141. Langnas E, Bishara A, Croci R, Rodriguez-Monguio R, Wick EC, Chen CL, Guan Z. PMID: 35546657; PMCID: PMC9097447.
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    10. Neuroanatomical Basis for the Orexinergic Modulation of Anesthesia Arousal and Pain Control. Front Cell Neurosci. 2022; 16:891631. Xiang X, Chen Y, Li KX, Fang J, Bickler PE, Guan Z, Zhou W. PMID: 35558876; PMCID: PMC9090436.
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    11. Identification of Foramen Ovale With H-Figure Fluoroscopic Landmark Improves Treatment Outcomes in Idiopathic Trigeminal Neuralgia. Anesth Analg. 2022 10 01; 135(4):837-844. He LL, Zhao WX, Paul Su PY, Sun QR, Guo GL, Yue JN, Ni JX, Yang LQ, Guan Z. PMID: 35426836; PMCID: PMC9495645.
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    12. Distinct phases of adult microglia proliferation: a Myc-mediated early phase and a Tnfaip3-mediated late phase. Cell Discov. 2022 Apr 12; 8(1):34. Tan W, Su PP, Leff J, Gao X, Chen J, Guan AK, Kalyanasundaram G, Ma A, Guan Z. PMID: 35411038; PMCID: PMC9001707.
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    13. Modified Spared Nerve Injury Surgery Model of Neuropathic Pain in Mice. J Vis Exp. 2022 01 25; (179). He L, Zhao W, Zhang L, Ilango M, Zhao N, Yang L, Guan Z. PMID: 35156658.
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    14. Function of Oncogene Mycn in Adult Neurogenesis and Oligodendrogenesis. Mol Neurobiol. 2022 Jan; 59(1):77-92. Chen J, Guan Z. PMID: 34625907; PMCID: PMC8786763.
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    15. Novel method of locating the foramen ovale: a stable chair with solid legs. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2022 01; 47(1):70. He L, Guan Z. PMID: 33952682.
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    16. Perioperative Use of Gabapentinoids: Comment. Anesthesiology. 2021 04 01; 134(4):665-666. Su PP, Guan Z. PMID: 33404633; PMCID: PMC7978162.
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    17. Contribution of colony-stimulating factor 1 to neuropathic pain. Pain Rep. 2021; 6(1):e883. Yu X, Basbaum A, Guan Z. PMID: 33981926; PMCID: PMC8108585.
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    18. Ion Channels in Anesthesia. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2021; 1349:401-413. Zhou W, Guan Z. PMID: 35138625.
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    19. Novel fluoroscopic landmark to significantly facilitate the visualization of foramen ovale in treating idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2021 04; 46(4):350-353. He L, Zhao W, Su PP, Guo G, Yue J, Ni J, Yang L, Guan Z. PMID: 33328267.
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    20. Dorsal root ganglion macrophages contribute to both the initiation and persistence of neuropathic pain. Nat Commun. 2020 01 14; 11(1):264. Yu X, Liu H, Hamel KA, Morvan MG, Yu S, Leff J, Guan Z, Braz JM, Basbaum AI. PMID: 31937758; PMCID: PMC6959328.
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    21. Rapid Isolation of Dorsal Root Ganglion Macrophages. J Vis Exp. 2019 09 07; (151). Yu X, Leff J, Guan Z. PMID: 31545312; PMCID: PMC6778691.
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    22. Case Report and Literature Review: Interventional Management of Erythromelalgia. Transl Perioper Pain Med. 2019; 6(4):91-97. Chinn G, Guan Z. PMID: 31592193; PMCID: PMC6779334.
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    23. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome -- Patient Selection Considerations. Transl Perioper Pain Med. 2019; 6(3):81-90. Palmer N, Guan Z, Chai NC. PMID: 31687422; PMCID: PMC6828157.
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    24. Anesthetic management of radical nephrectomy in patients with renal cell carcinoma involving renal vein or inferior vena cava. Tumori. 2019 Oct; 105(5):411-416. Chen K, Wang J, Dai J, Luo A, Tian Y, Guan Z, Wang X. PMID: 30940005.
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    25. Transcription factor Sp4 is required for hyperalgesic state persistence. PLoS One. 2019; 14(2):e0211349. Sheehan K, Lee J, Chong J, Zavala K, Sharma M, Philipsen S, Maruyama T, Xu Z, Guan Z, Eilers H, Kawamata T, Schumacher M. PMID: 30811405; PMCID: PMC6392229.
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    26. Activation of orexin system facilitates anesthesia emergence and pain control. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 11 06; 115(45):E10740-E10747. Zhou W, Cheung K, Kyu S, Wang L, Guan Z, Kurien PA, Bickler PE, Jan LY. PMID: 30348769; PMCID: PMC6233126.
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    27. Contemporary views on inflammatory pain mechanisms: TRPing over innate and microglial pathways. F1000Res. 2016; 5. Guan Z, Hellman J, Schumacher M. PMID: 27781082; PMCID: PMC5054801.
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    28. Injured sensory neuron-derived CSF1 induces microglial proliferation and DAP12-dependent pain. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Jan; 19(1):94-101. Guan Z, Kuhn JA, Wang X, Colquitt B, Solorzano C, Vaman S, Guan AK, Evans-Reinsch Z, Braz J, Devor M, Abboud-Werner SL, Lanier LL, Lomvardas S, Basbaum AI. PMID: 26642091; PMCID: PMC4703328.
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    29. Transplant-mediated enhancement of spinal cord GABAergic inhibition reverses paclitaxel-induced mechanical and heat hypersensitivity. Pain. 2015 Jun; 156(6):1084-1091. Bráz JM, Wang X, Guan Z, Rubenstein JL, Basbaum AI. PMID: 25760475; PMCID: PMC4431911.
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    30. Primary afferent and spinal cord expression of gastrin-releasing peptide: message, protein, and antibody concerns. J Neurosci. 2015 Jan 14; 35(2):648-57. Solorzano C, Villafuerte D, Meda K, Cevikbas F, Bráz J, Sharif-Naeini R, Juarez-Salinas D, Llewellyn-Smith IJ, Guan Z, Basbaum AI. PMID: 25589759; PMCID: PMC4293415.
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    31. Misalignment of disposable pulse oximeter probes results in false saturation readings that influence anesthetic management. Anesth Analg. 2009 Nov; 109(5):1530-3. Guan Z, Baker K, Sandberg WS. PMID: 19843792.
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    32. The mushroom body defect gene product is an essential component of the meiosis II spindle apparatus in Drosophila oocytes. Genetics. 2006 May; 173(1):243-53. Yu JX, Guan Z, Nash HA. PMID: 16510791; PMCID: PMC1461445.
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    33. CREB-binding protein controls response to cocaine by acetylating histones at the fosB promoter in the mouse striatum. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Dec 27; 102(52):19186-91. Levine AA, Guan Z, Barco A, Xu S, Kandel ER, Schwartz JH. PMID: 16380431; PMCID: PMC1323217.
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    34. p38 MAP kinase mediates both short-term and long-term synaptic depression in aplysia. J Neurosci. 2003 Aug 13; 23(19):7317-25. Guan Z, Kim JH, Lomvardas S, Holick K, Xu S, Kandel ER, Schwartz JH. PMID: 12917365; PMCID: PMC6740437.
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    35. Integration of long-term-memory-related synaptic plasticity involves bidirectional regulation of gene expression and chromatin structure. Cell. 2002 Nov 15; 111(4):483-93. Guan Z, Giustetto M, Lomvardas S, Kim JH, Miniaci MC, Schwartz JH, Thanos D, Kandel ER. PMID: 12437922.
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    36. Mushroom body defect, a gene involved in the control of neuroblast proliferation in Drosophila, encodes a coiled-coil protein. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2000 Jul 05; 97(14):8122-7. Guan Z, Prado A, Melzig J, Heisenberg M, Nash HA, Raabe T. PMID: 10884435; PMCID: PMC16680.
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    37. A new assay for the genetic study of general anesthesia in Drosophila melanogaster: use in analysis of mutations in the X-chromosomal 12E region. J Neurogenet. 2000 Apr; 14(1):25-42. Guan Z, Scott RL, Nash HA. PMID: 10938546.
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