Jinanren Mao, MD

Vice Chair for Research

Chief,
Division of Pain Medicine

Director,
Mass General Center for Translational Pain Research

Richard J. Kitz Professor of Anesthesia Research,
Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

Jianren Mao, MD, PhD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his MD from Suzhou Medical College in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China (now known as Soochow University) in 1983.

Dr. Mao received his PhD in neuroscience from the Medical College of Virginia in 1992 and completed his anesthesia residency at the Medical College of Virginia in 1999. He completed his pain management fellowship at Mass General in 2000.

Dr. Mao has been the Principal Investigator of one P20 and eight RO1 grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), four industry-sponsored grants and of several other research grants and clinical research projects. He also served as co-investigator on NIH RO1 grant and industry-sponsored grant. 

In addition to a full research schedule, Dr. Mao sees outpatients in the Mass General Center for Pain Medicine clinic two days per week.

Dr. Mao has been actively involved in both preclinical and clinical pain research, including:

  • The neural and molecular mechanisms of neuropathic pain, opioid tolerance and dependence
  • Interactions between the cellular mechanisms of neuropathic pain and opioid tolerance
  • Opioid-induced pain sensitivity and its clinical implications
  • Role of cannabinoids in the modulation of neuropathic pain
  • Role of central glucocorticoid receptors in the neural and molecular mechanisms of pain and opioid tolerance
  • Mechanisms of comorbid chronic pain

Dr. Mao serves as a regular reviewer for more than thirty professional journals and is on the editorial board of Journal of PainMolecular Pain and Journal of Neuropathic Pain.

He is an associate editor for Pain and a section editor for Pain Medicine and Anesthesia & Analgesia. He also serves as a reviewer for grant-awarding institutes, including the NIH. He has authored or co-authored over 200 original articles, book chapters and abstracts.

Dr. Mao is a member of the American Society for Neuroscience, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

In 1997, he received the Early Career Scholar Award from the American Pain Society, and in 1999, the Academic Achievement Award from the Medical College of Virginia.

He was elected to the Association of University Anesthesiologists in 2005. He is the recipient of the 2012 John J. Bonica Award from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management.

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