Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine

Clinical Interests
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain management
Medical Education
  • PhD, Medical College of Virginia
  • MD, Suzhou Medical College
  • Residency, Medical College Virginia Hospitals
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital|Fellowship, Suzhou Medical College
Board Certifications
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine
Foreign Languages
  • Chinese
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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The Mass General Center for Translational Pain Research is devoted to translational research on pain mechanisms and pain treatment. The Center is interested in technology transfer and intellectual property development in pain management.

In the clinical area, we are interested in studying the clinical neurobiology of neuropathic and inflammatory pain and exploring novel pharmacological and interventional approaches for the management of various clinical pain conditions. We have been extensively involved in studying the cellular mechanisms and clinical features of opioid-induced pain, opioid tolerance and addiction.

In the preclinical area, we are interested in studying:
  • the neural and molecular mechanisms of neuropathic pain, opioid tolerance, and opioid-induced hyperalgesia;
  • the role of endogenous cannabinoids in the modulation of neuropathic pain;
  • the role of central glucocorticoid receptors in the neural and molecular mechanisms of pain and opioid tolerance;
  • peripheral and central mechanisms of burn-induced pain and low back pain.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Mao is the Vice Chair for Research and Chief of Division of Pain Medicine at the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine.  He is also the Director of the MGH Center for Translational Pain Research.  Dr. Mao is the Richard J. Kitz Professor of Anesthesia Research, Harvard Medical School.  His research interests are related to the mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer-related pain, neuropathic pain, back and neck pain as well as opioid tolerance, dependence, and addiction.  Dr. Mao's research projects have been well funded by the National Institutes of Health and other sources.

Link to the MGH Center for Translational Pain Research: http://www.massgeneral.org/translationalpainresearch


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Center for Pain Medicine
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-8810
Fax: 617-726-3441