Vafi Salmasi, MD, is a specialist in pain medicine with clinical foci in neuromodulation, neuropathic pain; complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS); radiculopathy; spinal stenosis; and postherpetic neuralgia. He received his medical degree from Tehran University, Iran, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic. He then completed his fellowship in pain medicine at Stanford University. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Salmasi is currently a Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Stanford University.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Master's Degree, Stanford University School of Medicine, Epidemiology and Clinical Research (2019)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Pain Management Fellowship (2017) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Management (2017)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesia (2017)
  • Medical Education: Tehran University of Medical Sciences (2004) Iran
  • Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2016) OH
  • Internship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2012) OH

Honors & Awards
  • Recipient of Michael J. deUngria M.D. Residency Award, Cleveland Clinic Anesthesiology Residency Program (2016)
  • Second place winner in Residents’ Research Essay Contest, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting (2016)


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Practice Locations

Pain Management Center at Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-6238

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Dr. Salmasi is the man! My favorite go to pain doctor.
Dr. Salmasi should great care and concern for my well being, he is took the time needed to properly evaluate my condition and needs.
Dr Salmasi is my favorite Dr ever. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and kind. He starts by listening very well and then discussing options with me, and then discussing collaboratively with me about the decision how to proceed.
I was very apprehensive before the procedure...before I knew it even was over.
Dr.Vafi Salmasi is one of Stanford’s best. Dr. Salmasi will be placing a peripheral nerve stimulator in my left arm and I am very grateful for his medical expertise.
it was a pleasure to meet with him i know he is kindly covering for my provider i liked our interaction and he seemed to already have knowledge of my health care. I think he seems very compassionate
He is one of the best doctors that I have ever experienced. Empathic, warm, deeply knowledgeable.
He is the very best doctor that I have seen at Stanford ! I wish that everyone was like him!
I appreciate Dr Salmasi's through explanations and assistance understanding my conditions and treatment options,
He is AMAZING! So thorough and takes time to listen and explain.
Dr Salmasi, did injections I had relief for a few days after having some flare-ups again. Dr. Salmosi gets a 10 plus for me. He's just an amazing pain doctor. He's compassionate, kind, easy to talk to for Stanford pain, not managing medication management. He's one of the reasons I continue to come back to Stanford
Dr. Salmasi is very thorough, very personable, very professional. I enjoy our interaction and I feel he has my best interest in mind.
I love Dr Salmasi. He is very kind, patient, and knowledgeable. He is very thorough and listens carefully. He provides me with options for treatment and goes through pros and cons to help me decide what is best for me.
Extremely helpful answered all my questions, and explained procedures thoroughly for me to understand completely
He is excellent!
Dr Salmasi is very easy to work with, takes his time, listens well, and is very knowledgeable. I am so pleased I switched to Stanford pain management!
He answered my questions, and I was clear on what I needed to do next.
Best pain doctor I have ever had! Life changing.
Helpful, Professional, efficient, attentive and kind.
Very thorough ans compassionate,
I feel great about our appointments. He is very conscientious and encouraging.
Dr. Salmasi is extremely thorough and listens intensely. He always asks if I have any other questions of him before ending our appointment. He is a very nice man.
Dr. Samalsi was very patient and helpful with all of my questions
Dr. Salmasi is an exceptionally caring, proficient pain management doctor. He listened so intently and went through each step of the process of the procedure with me. He had also been so wonderful in getting back to me from the my health . 5 stars Dr. Samalsi
He is an excellent physician who showed how much he cares with my issues. You are truly fortunate to have Dr Salmasi on your staff!
Dr Salmasi is very knowledgeable and I really appreciate the time he takes to understand what is going on with me medically. He is very thorough and does a great job of explaining options for pain relief. He is a very kind person.
I am so thankful to Dr Steinman for arranging his day to see me. It's not often you see that type of concern. He has my highest gratitude.
Dr. Salmasi is a kind and excellent doctor.
Dr. Salmasi has given me outstanding care and he always follows through on any treatment that he recommends and makes the arrangements. He is extremely professional.
He is, by far, the best doctor I have encountered at Stanford. He has a great level of knowledge of CRPS and is open to all manners of healing. He has helped me get off opioids for a long time. I am back on them, due to pain, but that should change again. He has encouraged me to exercise through the pain, and I do, most days--and he's right--it helps. I completely trust him.
He was knowledgeable, kind, considerate. He answered my questions and invited me to contact him via My Health if I had questions or wanted to speak to him.
If it wasn.t for dr salmasi may be i think about it ...he is my hero from 10 pain to no pain at all
He is extremely compassionate and definitely makes me feel like he is aware and concerned about my health.
He is a very nice guy
He's awesome
Efficient, kind and very helpful and understanding.
Dr. Salmasi is an excellent communicator and spends a great deal of time with me and works with me to find solutions to my long term pain issues. I am pleased that he is my doctor.
I found him to be very kind and helpful
Seems like a caring doctor to trust my pain medicine tapering with and I’m excited to work with him further!
Dr. Salmasi took his time in discussing my situation. I understood his suggestions and felt comfortable meeting with him.
He's a great doc. I'm able to talk openly about concerns and questions, and he listens. It's a dialogue about my care rather than him telling me what we're going to do. I always feel heard and respected.
Dr Salmasi is really wonderful. He is very knowledgeable and considerate. He does an excellent job of communicating information and is a very good listener. I feel that he really cares about me as a patient, and wants to help me deal with my medical issues.
DR. Salmasi was very personable and explained the study very clearly to me.
The doctor was thorough like I said before and very personable. He explained everything and gave me an opportunity to ask questions.
He made sure I was comfortable as he removed sutures and staples. He did a great job!
Dr. Salmasi does an excellent job of answering any questions , and he provides information on other possible methods of treatment for my pain condition. He is always kind and understanding, and I appreciate the attention he shows during our appointments.
An excellent doctor.
I think that Dr. Vafi Salmasi is a great doctor and there’s been no complaint from me about him in the years that I’ve been seeing him.
Dr Salmasi is very knowledgeable and considerate. I am very fortunate to have Dr Salmasi helping me deal with my pain issues. His efforts have definitely made a difference in my levels of pain and quality of life.

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