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Yaoming Gu, MD


Dr. Yaoming Gu joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 2012 after serving for seven years as an Assistant Professor at Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University.

A seasoned clinician, Dr. Gu earned his medical degree from China Medical University. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School after interning in Surgery at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Gu is skilled in a host of sophisticated interventional techniques, such as epidural steroid injections, vertebroplasty, discography, percutaneous disc decompression, facet joint injection, and radiofrequency ablations. He is also well-experienced with spinal cord stimulation.

Preeminent in his field, Dr. Gu has lectured to peers on numerous pain management topics. His special interests are spinal disc degeneration, disc herniation, stenosis, sciatica, occupational and sport-related injury, cervicogenic headaches, and joint and ligament pain. He also participated as a principal investigator in an FDA-approved Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of disc regeneration.

Board-certified in Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine, Dr. Gu maintains active memberships with the International Spine Interventional Society, North American Spine Society, and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Gu was recently honored for the fourth consecutive year (2015-2018) as one of Richmond Magazine’s Top Doctors and honored for the fourth year (2013,2014,2017,2018) by Our Health Magazine with one of best bedside manner awards in northern Virginia.

A 17-year native of Virginia, Dr. Gu enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, paddleboarding.

What Patients Are Saying

“Dr. Gu is the best at what he does, and I appreciate all the help he has given me. From the moment I walked into Dr. Gu office I was greeted very warmly, and his whole staff made me feel they cared. I have been in pain for so many years, and was seeing another specialists who I thought was helping me, until I meet Dr. GU. The injections and nerve block I received in the right side of my neck gave me 100% relief for over eight months! No other doctor has been able to do this for me! Because Dr. Gu helped me so much, when my husband was injured in an accident at work, I referred him to Dr. Gu. After evaluating my husband’s injuries, and several tests, Dr. Gu has helped my husband by finding the cause of his pain; a pinched nerve in his lower back. I feel Dr. Gu listens tentatively, and really cares about his patients. Dr. Gu takes the time to explain any questions or concerns I have, and never makes me feel like I am just another patient. I have so much respect for Dr. Gu, and I would recommend him to family and friends.” – Deborah

Affiliations Henrico
  • Top Doctors, Richmond Magazine 2017
  • Top Doctors, Richmond Magazine 2016
  • Top Doctors, Richmond Magazine 2015
  • Our Health Magazine Best Bedside Manner Award in Pain Management 2014
  • Our Health Magazine Best Bedside Manner Award in Pain Management 2013
  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University Spine Center
  • Board Certification
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Fellowship
  • Sarah Network of Hospitals for the Locomotor System Brazil 1996
  • Internship
  • Creighton University United States Omaha, NE 2002
  • Medical School
  • China Medical University China Shenyang 1987
  • Residency
  • Dahua Hospital China 1991
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School United States Norfolk, VA 2005


Learn more about patient ratings
  • 10/09/2020
    Rating: 5

    Staff was very friendly and welcoming. Dr. Gu has the best bedside manner I have experienced in a long time. The epidural was administered with less pain than the previous pain specialist I had been referred to. His treatments thus far have given me quite a bit of pain relief.

  • 10/08/2020
    Rating: 5

    Knowledgeable doctor associates; friendly interactions with staff; receipt of treatment that's effective.

  • 10/08/2020
    Rating: 5

    Love Dr. Gu

  • 10/07/2020
    Rating: 5

    Always staff is VERY professional I always feel safe and really trust Dr. Gu.