Dr. Gregory Polston, MD

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Age 55
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Dr. Gregory Polston, MD
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.

9350 Campus Point Dr

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Dr. Gregory Polston, MD

Dr. Gregory Polston, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Dr. Polston's Experience

Dr. Polston's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Pain Medicine
  • Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Pain Medicine
  • Pain Medicine Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*

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


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  • 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

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Univ of WI Med Sch
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Naval Med Center San Diego
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • UC San Diego, School of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Polston has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Polston's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Polston to family and friends
based on 12 total reviews (2 with comments)
Dr. Polston's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
San Diego, CA |
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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Dr. Polston accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Polston has admitting privileges

UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest
200 W Arbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
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