Chong-hao Zhao, MD, PhD, DABMA, a renowned neurologist, acupuncturist, and headache and pain specialist from the Cleveland Clinic, has set up his practice in Burbank. Dr. Zhao practices both Western and Eastern medicine in reducing headaches and pain. He introduced an innovative headache relief method using a combination of complex intravenous infusion, spinal intervention, botulinum toxin injections, psychotherapy, biofeedback and acupuncture. This combo therapy detoxifies the chemicals acquired from overused medications, blocks the pain transmission from the irritated anatomical structures, and trains the brain that pain no longer exists; thereby providing long relief from headaches. Dr. Zhao has a special interest in treating intractable headaches for both adult and pediatric patients. In addition, he is an interventional pain specialist, treating acute and chronic pain.
Patients can choose his Eastern medicine therapy, which combines acupuncture and herbal medicine to relieve headaches and pain. Dr. Zhao is one of the only few physicians in California who are board certified in medical acupuncture. He established an acupuncture service treating headache and pain at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Zhao receives subspecialty training in headache medicine and pain management from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, which is consistently ranked among the top five best hospitals nationwide by U.S.News and World Report magazine. He speaks nationally on the topics of headache and pain, and is a senior lecturer of orofacial pain at UCLA.
Dr. Zhao is a member of the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Staff providing care in headache and pain management.