Yi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.

Physician Investigator (Cl)
Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Mass General Research Institute
Associate Professor of Anaesthesia
Harvard Medical School
PhD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2001
MD Peking Union Medical College 1997
analgesics; chronic pain; chronic pain conditions; novel agents for pain relief; quantitative sensory testing; therapeutic interventions

Research Areas

  • Understanding the mechanism of chronic pain
  • Characterization of sensory profiles in chronic pain
  • Identifying factors that predict response to therapeutic interventions in chronic pain conditions
  • Developing novel agents for pain relief

Description of Research

Dr. Zhang's research focuses on identifying and utilizing novel technologies to diagnose various pain conditions, such as opioid induced hyperalgesia and sciatica pain.

He just completed a study using office-based quantitative sensory testing (QST) to characterize sensory profiles in chronic pain conditions.

He is also exploring the role of QST in predicting therapeutic response to pharmacological and interventional pain management and collaborating with basic scientists in preclinical studies of potential analgesic agents.

Research lab website Clinical Profile

MGH West - PARC Building
40 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451