Dr. Hau and Dr. Yang Noted as the best in Pain Medicine for 2019

Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is submitted every year to Sonoma County doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to a loved one. This year, more than 400 professionals emerged as the best in their specialty fields in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties, and Dr. Hau and Dr. Yang once again rose to the top in their field.

The research organization tasked with this survey deems that medical professionals are the best judges of other medical professional’s clinical excellence, so the survey was sent to all licensed doctors in the area, asking doctors to nominate three physicians in each category. They were instructed to take into account such factors as education, hospital appointment, board certifications and bedside manner and they could not nominate themselves.


About Dr. John Hau, M.D.


Dr. John Hau is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Board Certified Pain Management Physician. Dr. John Hau completed his undergraduate studies in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, after which he went on to complete his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Following medical school, Pain Doctor John Hau completed residency training in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he was elected chief resident by his peers and faculty during his final year of residency. Dr. John Hau then went on to complete fellowship training in interventional pain management at the University of California, Los Angeles, which is ranked as one of the best hospitals in California and the nation. During his training at UCLA, he learned advanced and cutting edge interventional pain management techniques used in the treatment of many painful conditions. Dr. Hau is proud to join the Petaluma and Santa Rosa community. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Summit Pain Alliance, Petaluma.

About Dr. Michael Yang, M.D.

Dr. Michael Yang grew up in Southern California and completed his undergraduate degree with Phi Beta Kappa and Psy Chi honors from Johns Hopkins University with dual majors in Biology and Psychology. He then returned to the west coast where he conducted neurosurgery research at UCLA. Pain Doctor Yang attended UCSF, one of the top five medical schools in the nation, to complete his medical degree. Throughout his medical education, he continued to be interested in the connection between the physical body and the mind. This led him to graduate with honors in psychology and anesthesiology rotations.

After medical school, Dr. Yang moved to New York City where he completed his residency in anesthesiology at Cornell University. After residency, Dr. Yang completed ACGME-accredited fellowship training in the field of pain management from a multidisciplinary approach, working in three of the top hospitals in the nation: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital. From his fellowship and his experience in private practice in Santa Rosa, Dr. Yang treats patients with cancer pain, acute and chronic orthopedic injuries, and various chronic back and nerve pains.


At Summit Pain Alliance, we believe in improving your quality of life by getting you back to doing the things that you enjoy. Our double board-certified physicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that exceed standards in safety and efficacy. We will be your partner on this journey. To schedule an appointment call (707) 623-9803.

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