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Reliablity, Respect, Trust and State-of-the-Art Care

Chong-hao Zhao, MD, PhD, is a quadruple board certified neurologist. He has received subspecialty training in headache medicine and pain management from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, which is consistently ranked among the top two best hospitals nationwide by U.S. News and Word Report magazine. His first practice was established in Burbank, CA in 2004 and his second practice in Alhambra, CA in 2006.


Dr. Zhao has a special interest in treating intractable headaches and pain. Dr. Zhao practices both Western and Eastern medicine in order to reduce headaches and pain, applying the holistic treatment concept. He introduced an innovative headache relief method to the medical community using a combination of complex intravenous infusion, spinal intervention, botulinum toxin injections, psychotherapy, biofeedback and acupuncture. This combination of therapy detoxifies the chemicals acquired from overused medications, blocks the pain transmission from the irritated anatomical structures, and trains the brain to understand that pain no longer exists; thereby providing lasting relief from headaches. In addition, he is an interventional pain specialist, treating chronic neck and low back pain. He has received pain diagnosis and treatment skills training in the fields of neurology, anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and acupuncture.

Quadruple Board Certified in Neurology, Pain Medicine, Headache Medicine, and Medical Acupuncture
State of California X-Ray Fluoroscopy Supervisor and Operator
Distinguished Clinical Educator at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Clinical Preceptor of Osteopathic Medical Students at Western University of Health Sciences


Role of Acupuncture in Headache. Faculty and Speaker, the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific (HCOP) 2012 Winter Conference, January 27, 2012.

Evidence-based Chronic Low Back Pain Management. Monterey Park Hospital, Monterey Park, CA, June 1st, 2010.

Emerging Management Strategy in Pain Management. 2nd Gui-Yang City Hospital, Gui-Yang City, Gui-zhou province, China, March 29, 2010.

Emerging Management Strategy in Headache Medicine. 2nd Gui-Yang City Hospital, Gui-Yang City, Gui-zhou province, China, March 29, 2010.

Emerging Treatment Options in the Management of Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Botulinum Toxin Injection. Garfield Medical Center, Alhambra, CA, Jan. 24, 2008.

Strategy of Effective Management of Chronic Headache and Chronic Pain.  Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, Tarzana, CA, Oct. 20, 2006.

Evidence-based Management of Headache. Pain Management symposium. Alta Los Angeles Community Hospital, Monterey Park, CA.  April 21, 2005.

Evidence-based Medicine: Management of Headache.  Department of Family Practice, University of Southern California.  Los Angeles, CA.  January 12, 2005.

Evidence-based Migraine Management in Primary Care.  Providence Holly Cross Hospital.  Mission Hills, CA.  November 7, 2004.

Update on Diagnosis and Treatment of Migraine.  Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.  Pasadena, CA.  October 6, 2004.

Important Considerations in Migraine Management.  Multi-specialty Medical Group at Ponce, Puerto Rico, March 30, 2004.

Recent Advances in Migraine Management. Pacific Hospital of Valley. Sun Valley, Ca 91352.  March 25, 2004.

Evidence-based migraine management.  Interdepartmental grandround, Departments Of neurology, neurosurgery, family practice, pharmacy etc.  Leemore Naval Air Station Hospital, Leemore, CA, August 2003.

Superficial cervical plexus block as an acute abortive therapy for intractable headache.  Winner of poster excellence.  The 45th Annual Scientific Meeting of American Headache Society, Chicago, IL, June 2003.

Evidence-based migraine management.  Inter-departmental grandround.  Departments of neurology, pain management, family practice, internal medicine, and pathology.  Kaiser Permanente Foundation at Sunset/Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, April 2003.

Rapid neurologic assessment for the orofacial pain specialist.  28th Annual Scientific Meeting of American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Dorado, Puerto Rico, April 2003.

Acupuncture for head and neck pain.  28th Annual Scientific Meeting of American Academy  of Orofacial Pain, Dorado, Puerto Rico, April 2003.



In recognition of outstanding contribution to the clinical education program here at UCLA, School of Dentistry at UCLA, June 1,2006.



Zhao C, Stillman MJ, Rozen TD. Acupuncture in headache treatment (9th updated version). Medlink Neurology Online.  August, 2013.

Zhao C, Stillman MJ. Atrophy of Corrugator Supercilii Muscle in a Patient Induced by the Onabotulinum Toxin Injection. Headache 2012; 52:309-311.

Zhao C, Stillman MJ, Rozen TD.  Traditional and evidence-based acupuncture in headache management: history, theory and practice.  Headache 2005;45:716-730.

Zhao C, Stillman MJ. New developments in the pharmacotherapy of tension-type headaches.  Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2003;4(12):2229-37.

Zhao C, Stillman M, Mays M et al. Superficial cervical plexus block as an acute abortive therapy for intractable headache (Abstract).  Headache 2003;43(5):538-539.

Zhao C, Kung J, Adachi N.  Effect of Local Injection of Steroid and Anesthetics on Electroacupuncture: Prevention of Immediate Analgesia And Induction of Hyperalgesia. Medical Acupuncture 2003;14(3): 41-44.

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