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Gregory R. Polston, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and treats all forms of pain. His expertise includes chronic pain, postoperative pain, cancer pain and spine-related pain.Since 2008, Dr. Polston has been the associate medical director of UC San Diego Health’s Center for Pain Medicine, which is dedicated to reducing and eliminating suffering, and improving function in individuals with lower-back or other spine-related pain issues, joint and muscular-skeletal pain or pain due to surgery, injury, nerve damage, psychological factors and metabolic problems such as diabetes. Dr. Polston believes in a comprehensive and open approach to pain management, which emphasizes patient involvement and the application of different therapeutic approaches, including medications, procedures and integrative medicine. He is consistently elected as a top doctor in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellent" annual survey. An associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Polston instructs medical students, residents and pain medicine fellows. His research interests include chronic opioid therapy for non-cancer pain, placebos and electronic medical records.Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Polston cared for patients in private practice at Advanced Medical Centers of Alaska.Dr. Polston has co-authored numerous book chapters and journal articles and frequently presents at medical conferences. He is active in many committees, including the San Diego and Imperial County Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, the Medical Board of California Expert Reviewer Program for Pain Medicine, Medical Board of California Prescribing Task Force and the American Pain Society Clinical Center of Excellence Selection Committee, among others.He completed his pain medicine fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine and his anesthesiology residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Polston completed his medical acupuncture training at University of California Los Angeles. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Polston is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain management. He is a fellow of interventional pain practice. He is a member of the American Pain Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Interventional Pain Practitioners, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, International Neuromodulation Society and International Spinal Injection Society.

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Dr. Polston's Performance
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    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    GOOD
  • Time well spent
    GOOD
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    FAIR
  • Office environment
    GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
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Dr. Polston and his team have been taking care of me for about 18 months. I've been to other pain management doctors with other health plans, and he is my favorite. He listens, offers relevant recommendations, is caring and compassionate. Is easy to schedule with him. Injections are at Moores Cancer Center and the staff is attentive and professional while being compassionate and pleasant. The injections are handled expertly and in most cases I'm seen on time.
Excellent Doctor! He listens and responds respectfully and with compassion....
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Gregory R. Polston, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and treats all forms of pain. His expertise includes chronic pain, postoperative pain, cancer pain and spine-related pain.Since 2008, Dr. Polston has been the associate medical director of UC San Diego Health’s Center for Pain Medicine, which is dedicated to reducing and eliminating suffering, and improving function in individuals with lower-back or other spine-related pain issues, joint and muscular-skeletal pain or pain due to surgery, injury, nerve damage, psychological factors and metabolic problems such as diabetes. Dr. Polston believes in a comprehensive and open approach to pain management, which emphasizes patient involvement and the application of different therapeutic approaches, including medications, procedures and integrative medicine. He is consistently elected as a top doctor in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellent" annual survey. An associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Polston instructs medical students, residents and pain medicine fellows. His research interests include chronic opioid therapy for non-cancer pain, placebos and electronic medical records.Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Polston cared for patients in private practice at Advanced Medical Centers of Alaska.Dr. Polston has co-authored numerous book chapters and journal articles and frequently presents at medical conferences. He is active in many committees, including the San Diego and Imperial County Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, the Medical Board of California Expert Reviewer Program for Pain Medicine, Medical Board of California Prescribing Task Force and the American Pain Society Clinical Center of Excellence Selection Committee, among others.He completed his pain medicine fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine and his anesthesiology residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Polston completed his medical acupuncture training at University of California Los Angeles. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Polston is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain management. He is a fellow of interventional pain practice. He is a member of the American Pain Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Interventional Pain Practitioners, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, International Neuromodulation Society and International Spinal Injection Society.

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  •  Specializes in Pain Medicine
  •  Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain

Education

  • Medical School
    Univ of WI Med Sch

    Graduated in 1989

  • Residency Hospital
    Naval Med Center San Diego
  • Fellowship Hospital
    UC San Diego, School of Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Pain Medicine
  • Pain Medicine Anesthesiology

Procedures Performed

  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection