Helen Chan, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist and fellowship-trained pain medicine specialist.

A native of Yangon, Myanmar, Dr. Chan moved to San Francisco, California at the age of seven. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a minor in Chinese Studies from the University of California San Diego, graduating cum laude.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Chan served in AmeriCorps. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Chan completed a transitional year internship in Detroit, Michigan and her residency in anesthesiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Chan was awarded the national Society for Education in Anesthesia-Health Volunteers Overseas (SEA-HVO) fellowship to teach anesthesia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She was also recognized in residency for her research accomplishments on peripheral nerve blocks.

After her residency, Dr. Chan then completed a fellowship in interventional pain management at the University of California Los Angeles. She is skilled in all procedural and nonprocedural aspects of pain medicine and management, with specific interests in:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Neuraxial and spinal procedures
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Peripheral joint injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation and implantation

She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and North American Neuromodulation Society.

Dr. Chan’s other interests are cooking, running, hiking and traveling. She is fluent in Burmese.

Dr. Chan looks forward to returning to Tucson and serving the community.