Dr. John Qian, MD


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Male

5395 Ruffin Rd Ste 204 San Diego, CA 92123 Get Directions
Dr. John Qian, MD

Dr. John Qian, MD is a physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor who practices in San Diego, CA. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 35 years.

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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
in lakeside |
Horrible!! I've written reviews already,my poor mom just had hip replacement surgery and see's wound care every week for debriement and just got a stent put in. The staff is EXTREMELY rude, didn't give a heads up that ALL new patients have to have a psych eval. And staff complains about doing paper work.. then get out of the medical field. We came prepared and they treated my mom like crap. She's new to all this. And now she's out of meds because his staff doesn't know how to do their jobs!
in San Diego, CA |
Dr. Qian is the best doctor I've received care from regarding chronic pain. I've been seen and treated by almost ten in the same field here in San Diego and New York. Dr. Qian revised my poorly implanted Spinal Stimulator and I was able to reduce my opiate intake by 60%. He listens, cares and is well liked by his patients. He is remarkably qualified, I would recommend him to anyone who is dealing with chronic pain.
San Diego, CA |
I was very disappointed with Dr. John Qian, MD as well as staff. They do not call to remind for appointments, nor do they return calls. Wait times to see the doctor has consistently been greater than an hour, followed with rushed visits. On my first visit, which was less than 5 minutes, he took no notes. I've even experienced where his verbal recommendations to me made no sense and after questioning him, it became obvious to me he was reading someone else's records.
in San Diego, CA |
I have been seeing Dr Qian for several years for chronic pain issues for a couple different ailments. He is the best for finding the source and alleviating pain. He is a get to the point doctor, dry sense of humor,skilled advocste of pain relief.
in Poway, CA |
Hires incompetent personnel that answers the phone, can't send orders to MRI office. Than wants you to find MRI fax number to send orders. Dr. Qian you really need to hire competent personnel, instead of having your patients do their job for you. Jeffrey Romeo
San Diego, CA |
I have been seeing Dr. Qian for several years and his office staff only gets worse. He was firing everyone every month there for awhile. His newest Receptionist is rude, unapologetic and lacks compassion. They never return calls, so if you ever get a return call, consider yourself privileged. Dr. Qian doesn't care what my problems are, he just wants to give me meds. He always says "get injections". He runs his office like a cattle call...move em in, move em out.
in El Cajon, CA |
I was referred to Dr. Qian 2 months ago and since that time I have been trying to get scheduled but they do not answer their phone at all, I sewear I left 5 voice messages asking them to get back to me and they never did. Finally today someone answered ... she was so rude when I asked her why you do not get back to me as I left too many messages... she almost screamed and was not professional... I will never go to him. He should know understand that he is lossing patients because of bad staff
in Anaheim, CA |
He is very cold and sarcastic and imtimidating.
in San Diego, CA |
This doctor treated me for almost a year and when my conditions turned worse, they discharged me from their care under false assumptions without ever consulting with my other doctors and acknowledging hospital reports, nor my own report of pain. When I broke down and told the doctor that my life was getting difficult to get through, day by day, he assumed it as a suicide threat, reduced my medication and literally kicked me out of his office. I didn't even ask to increase my medication.
in San Diego |
Dr Qian is an excellent listener. He is my husband's doctor and we are happy with the level of care and professionalism at his practice. Particularly like the efficiency of his office staff in scheduling the follow-up appointments before leaving. His pain management contract is completely reasonable and self-explanatory. Bottom line, if you follow the rules and are honest and upfront about your health habits between appointments, the doctor-patient relationship will be rewarding.
in Chula Vista Ca. |
The most unprofessionally run office I've ever experienced! They never answer their phone, they say they'll submit something for approval but won't, they'll set up an apt to do a procedure (have you get the day off from work as well as your driver) then unapologetically say you're not on their schedule. It's shocking how little they care for their patients! Go anywhere else but here!
in San Diego, CA |
Referred to Dr. Qian by my PCP. Spoke with his admin assistant who asked that my primary send over copies of my medical records so the doctor could review my history before seeing me. All good so far. Then suddenly Qian received a huge amount of referrals as a result of new rules limiting prescription writing of controlled substances to pain mgmt specialists. Consequently, his staff will call me back in 2-3 months to schedule me in another 2_-3 months! NOT ACCEPTABLE! Staff says he sees 100/day!
in San Diego, CA |
I would recommend Dr. Qian (pronounced chain) to others. Dr. Qian is knowledgeable, experienced, and has a very warm demeanor. He is top notch giving injections and vigilant in prescribing proper meds. His current office staff (2016) is very good as well, however they are very busy and (IMHO) could use 2 more staff members to answer questions and return calls. One caveat; waiting room times are lengthy due to rapid growth in his practice at new location. Bring a book for appt..
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  •  Specializes in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  •  Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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  •  No board actions found

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  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Upper Back Pain


  • Medical School
    Bengbu Med Sch

    Graduated in 1982

  • Internship Hospital
    University Ark Med Scis

    Completed in 1999

  • Residency Hospital
    Loma Linda University Medical Center

    Completed in 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Procedures Performed

  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate