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Albert Y. Leung

Albert Y. Leung


  • Board Certified in Anesthesiology

  • Board Certified in Pain Medicine

  • Fellowship trained in Clinical and Research Pain Medicine

  • Fellowship trained in functional imaging

  • Fellowship trained in transcranial magnetic stimulation

Current Position(s): 

  • Director, VASDHS Center for Pain and Headache Research

  • UCSD, Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Personal Statement: 

Albert Y. Leung, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in pain medicine. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates and treats all forms of acute and chronic pain conditions. Dr. Leung has over 20 years' experience caring for Veterans with chronic pain, and offers a range of interventional and minimally invasive procedures, as well as medication management. 

Dr. Leung's latest research focuses on the mechanisms and effectiveness of non-invasive brain and peripheral stimulation for nerve function restoration and headache/pain relief related to traumatic injury. His research lab also studies aberrant neuronal function related to injury and pain, and its responses to pain treatments. Dr. Leung's research has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, and the Veteran Affairs Office of Research and Development. He is the founder and the Director of the VASDHS Center for Pain and Headache Research.

He is a frequent reviewer for various funding agencies, and an editor and a reviewer for numerous peer-review journals. His work has been published extensively in peer review journals. 

Dr. Leung previously served as the Chief, VASDHS Pain Service and the director of UC San Diego Health’s Cancer Palliative Care program. He is a faculty member for the UC San Diego’s Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) Program.

Dr. Leung earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

He completed a pain medicine clinical and research fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine, a functional neuroimaging fellowship at the MGH/HST Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and a transcranial magnetic stimulation fellowship at Harvard School of Medicine.

Professional History:

  • Founder and Director, VASDHS Center for Pain and Headache Research

  • UCSD Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine


  • NIH K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Award (Mentor: Tony Yaksh, Ph.D.), 2003-2007

  • First Prize Award in the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Annual Meeting Research Paper Competition, 2005 & 2007

  • American Pain Society Center of Excellence, 2010 & 2014

  • Selected “Top Doctor in La Jolla, CA” by the International Association of Anesthesiologists, 2016

  • VA ORD Merit Awards


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