Jimmy Cui, MD, PhD

Dr. Cui

In his own words:

I evaluate my patients as a whole person and I encourage them to ask me questions. My goal is to minimize their pain and maximize their functional recovery.

Specialty: Physiatry – a branch of medicine focused on non-surgical approaches to pain, disease and injuries


  • Non-surgical Spine Care
  • Musculoskeletal disorder/injury
  • Interventional Pain Management

Education and Certifications:

  • M.D., West China University of Medical Sciences
  • Internship, Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center
  • Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Hospital
  • Fellowship, University of Washington Medical Center
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Distinctions: Dr. Cui is an interventional pain-management physician also trained in acupuncture, and he is double-board certified in physiatry and electrodiagnostic medicine.


As Dr. Jimmy Cui is reminded almost daily, if your back hurts, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, back pain is one of the top-ten reasons people see doctors – an ailment that drives Americans to make approximately 14 million doctor visits each year. Additionally, 500,000 hospital stays are attributable to back conditions, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Unfortunately, too many people avoid doctor visits for back pain because they fear surgery and hospitalization. Dr. Cui wants those sufferers to know that chances may be good they won’t need it.

“Several studies indicate that as many as nine times out of ten, pain resulting from a pinched nerve root in the back can be treated successfully without surgery,” he says. “My patients often find this to be true even in the case of a herniated disc.”

Dr. Cui is a specialist in physiatry, a branch of medicine focusing on restoring musculoskeletal function and managing pain without surgery. He focuses on what’s known clinically as “interventional pain management.”

The goals of interventional pain management are to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve the overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques.  These techniques can include fluoroscopic-guided epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injections, ultrasound-guided tendon/joint injections, radio-frequency nerve ablation procedures, and various nerve blocks.

“Chronic pain can be a highly complex problem to solve,” Dr. Cui says. “Relief frequently requires a comprehensive approach.

“The patients with the best chances of success are those who engage as a good partner with their doctor by following instructions on medications, exercise programs, spinal injections and other medical interventions.”

But the rewards can be enormous, he adds. “It is an enjoyable moment for me any time a patient finds success.”

Cui is unique in Skagit County by bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medicine through the use of physician-administered acupuncture for pain. Although traditionally physicians do not receive acupuncture training, Dr. Cui learned the specialized treatment in China.

As evidence of its popularity, one study has shown that about one-third of the U.S. population has tried acupuncture in combination with traditional medical treatments.

A member of the team at Skagit Island Orthopedic Center since 2002, Dr. Cui is double-board certified in physical medicine & rehabilitation and in electrodiagnostic medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, a fellow of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and a member of the International Spine Intervention Society and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Cui is a clinical assistant professor in the department of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington, and is involved in medical research as the author of more than twenty articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.