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UW Pain Medicine
Patient Care

About Us

We provide comprehensive compassionate pain care and guidance on the latest evidence-based practices.  We are a national leader in the education of primary and specialty health care providers and we engage in cutting edge research to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.  We are active in patient advocacy, public health care policy, and collaborative partnerships to address the challenges related to morbidity and mortality related to the abuse of pain medications.

UW Medical Center is home to the world's first multidisciplinary pain clinic, which opened in 1961 and became a world model for the diagnosis, study and treatment of chronic and acute pain. As the birthplace of modern pain medicine, UW Pain faculty serve as key leaders in multiple pain societies, editorial boards, and state, regional, national and international initiatives.

UW Division of Pain Medicine is the proud recipient of the following honors:

2012 NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE)
2011 Honorary Mention of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Health Care Innovation
2011 World Institute of Pain (WIP) Center of Excellence Award
2010 American Pain Society (APS) Center of Excellence Award
2010 The Joint Commission (TJC) Best Practices Award
Army Surgeon General (OTSG) Commander’s Coin

Pain Medicine Clinical Services

The UW Division of Pain Medicine provides both inpatient and outpatient consultation and treatment for acute and chronic conditions at 5 locations:

UW Medical Center
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle Children's Hospital
VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

At each of these facilities, an inter-professional team of specialists provides comprehensive pain management services with an emphasis on:

  • Prevention focuses on patient education and evaluating the risk of developing chronic pain after injury, surgery, trauma, or a disease  
  • Precision diagnosis of possible causes of pain by listening to the patient’s story and using target-specific treatments while identifying obstacles to recovery. 
  • Goal-setting, which always includes the patient and his or her support system
  • Patient education and promotion of healthy lifestyle changes
  • Effective treatment by using best practices and measures of progress
  • Follow-up so the patient has resources after his or her treatment has concluded 

The range of services that may be provided at one or more of these service sites includes:

  • State of the art diagnostic imaging
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Medications, including long term opioid use evaluation and management
  • Focused psychological evaluation and treatment
  • Interventional procedures that target long-term pain relief
  • Screening for risk factors such as chemical dependency, comorbid medical illness, and personal distress
  • Real time on site clinical pharmacological consultations
  • Comprehensive evaluation and management of cancer pain
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Perioperative services

Contact us:

Administrative Office
Box 354692
4225 Roosevelt Way NE STE 306C
Seattle, WA 98105
FAX: 206-598-8776

UW Medicine Center for Pain Relief
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 401
Box Number 354693
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-598-4282
FAX: 206-598-4576

Harborview Medical Center
Pain Relief Service

325 9th Ave S
Box 359724
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-744-7065
Fax: 206-744-7085

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
825 Eastlake Ave E
Box 358081
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-598-6098
Fax: 206-598-7496

Seattle Children's Hospital
4800 Sandpoint Way NE
MS #W-9824
Box 359300
Phone: 206-987-2704
Fax: 206-987-3935

VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
1660 S. Columbian Way
Box 358280
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206-277-5561
Fax: 206-764-2914

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David J. Tauben, MD
Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine;
Clinical Professor
Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

Box 356540
UW Medical Center
Seattle, WA 98195-6540