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UW Pain Medicine:
UW Center for Pain Relief

Summary of Services

At the UW Center for Pain Relief we have an unmatched world-renowned combination of expertise, diversity, experience and skills in our multispecialty clinical team focused on the diagnosis and treatment of people with ongoing pain. We provide a wide range of individualized treatment options such as the most current procedures guided by advanced imaging (3-D CT scanner, fluoroscopy, ultrasound), non-opioid medication, integrative medicine approaches, training in relaxation and coping skills, and multispecialty coordinated care. Our services are offered in a collaborative manner with your healthcare team and our UW colleagues to provide state of the art and best practice Pain Medicine diagnosis and treatment.

Our Team

  • Stacey, Brett, MD Medical Director and Professor
    Regular Faculty
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    Brett Stacey, MD

    Professor & Director, Center for Pain Relief, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

    staceyb1@uw.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center (Roosevelt)

  • Bedard-Gilligan, Michele, PhD Psychologist and Acting Assistant Professor
  • Calderwood, AmyPatient Service Supervisor
  • Cruz, Margarita, RN Nurse
  • Curatolo, Michele, MD Professor, UWMC
    Regular Faculty
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    Michele Curatolo, MD

    Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

    Curatolo@uw.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

  • D'Appollonio, Angela, PA-C Physician Assistant and Teaching Associate
  • Davey, Mushkie, RN Nurse
  • Devasthali, Suraj, PharmD Clinical Pharmacist
  • Drangsholt, Mark, DDS, MPH, PHDAttending, Chair (Dept. of Oral Medicine), & Assoc. Professor
  • Fitzgibbon, Dermot R., MB BCh Attending and Professor
    Regular Faculty
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    Dermot R. Fitzgibbon, MB BCh

    Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine;
    Medical Director, Inpatient Pain Service, UWMC;
    Medical Director, Oncology Pain Clinic, UWMC;
    Medical Director, Pain & Anesthesia Services, SCCA

    dermot@uw.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    Professional Interests: Perioperative pain management, cancer pain management and anesthesiology with a special interest in regional anesthesia.

  • Heerspink, Amy, RN Nurse
  • Hickman, Alena, RN Nurse
  • Howe, Catherine, MD, PhD Psychiatrist and Acting Assistant Professor
  • Howey, Stephen Patient Services Specialist
  • Jones, Dolors, RN Nurse and Assistant Nurse Manager
  • Kaohou, Celyn Radiology Technician
  • Kim, Mina, PharmD Clinical Pharmacist
  • Little, Ashley Medical Assistant
  • Magee, Tanisha Medical Assistant
  • Manahan, Emily Patient Services Specialist
  • McKirdy, Andrew Patient Services Specialist
  • Nishida, Tess, PharmD Clinical Pharmacist
  • Otaki, Sarah Financial Counselor
  • Phung, Monty Medical Assistant
  • Rapp, Suzanne E., MD Clinical Professor
    Regular Faculty
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    Suzanne E. Rapp, MD

    Clinical Professor,
    Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

    serapp@u.washington.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    Biographical Statement: Dr. Rapp has been a pain management specialist at the UWMC for 24 years. Her current clinical interest is in myofascial pain. Opioid policy and outcome are current research interests.

  • Robinson, James, MD Attending and Clinical Associate Professor
  • Soulakvelidze, Irakli, MD Clinical Associate Professor
    Regular Faculty
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    Irakli Soulakvelidze, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

    irakli@uw.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    Teaching Interests: Teaching residents and fellows the theory and practice of pain medicine, as well as developing clinical research collaborations with them to answer new clinical questions.

    Clinical Interests: Chronic regional pain syndrome, neuropathic pain and spinal pain.

    Research Interests: To develop a standardized clinical pathway for optimal management of chronic regional pain syndrome. To help improve management of chronic pain in the primary care setting.

    Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling and sports.

  • Spokoiney, Elizabeth, RN Nurse
  • Stephens, Kari, PhD Psychologist and Assistant Professor
  • Stuckey, Joe, MS, CRC Rehabilitation Counselor
    Rehabilitation Counselor
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    Joe Stuckey, MS, CRC

    Rehabilitation Counselor, Rehabilitation Medicine

    jstuckey@u.washington.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    Areas of Expertise: Vocational rehabilitation counseling, Cognitive behavioral pain management counseling, Adjustment to disability counseling.

  • Sullivan, Mark D., MD Professor
    Outside Faculty
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    Mark Daniel Sullivan, MD

    Professor, Psychiatry; Adjunct Professor, Bioethics and Humanities

    sullimar@u.washington.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    Areas of Expertise: Psychiatric management of the chronic pain patient.

    Clinical interests: Outpatient treatment of chronic illness including chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes and depression. Palliative care for seriously ill patients who are not yet at the end of their lives.

    Research interests: He is interested in expanding the ways in which patients can participate in their chronic illness care and the interaction of mental and physical health in chronic illness. He studies the determinants of quality of life in chronic illness and the cost-effectiveness of care.

    Teaching interests: Bioethics, chronic pain, depression in chronic illness and medical mimics of psychiatric disorders.

    Personal interests: Bicycling to work, running, reading and swimming. He enjoys playing old-time string band music with his family.

  • Tauben, David J., MD Chief of the Pain Division and Clinical Professor
    Regular Faculty
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    David J. Tauben, MD

    Chief of the Pain Division and Clinical Professor
    Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine;
    Director of Medical Student Education in Pain Medicine

    tauben@u.washington.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    "Care and treat all patients as I would expect for myself."

    Expertise: Diagnosis, education, and medical management of acute and chronic pain in specialty and primary care.

    Clinical interests: Consultative and Primary care management of acute and chronic pain primary care internal medicine.

    Personal interests: Family, friends, skiing, mountain biking, art, theater, non-fiction reading, political and philosophical discussion.

  • Taylor, Becca, RN Nurse Care Practitioner
    Registered Nurse
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    Becca Taylor, RN

    Nurse Care Practitioner

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    Areas of Expertise: Collaborative pain treatment, Medical home model.


  • Tick, Heather, MDAttending and Clinical Associate Professor
    Regular Faculty
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    Heather Tick, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

    htick@uw.edu

    Primary Location: UWMC - Roosevelt

  • Turner, Judith A., PhD Psychologist & Clinical Instructor
    Psychologist & Clinical Instructor
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    Judith A. Turner, PhD

    Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    jturner@u.washington.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    Areas of Expertise: Psychological assessment of the patient with chronic pain.

  • Usi, Lu Medical Assistant
  • Vinson, Dawn Patient Services Specialist
  • Waldhausen, Julie, RN Nurse Manager
  • Wang, Yibing Medical Assistant
  • Wu, Jiang, MD Attending and Assistant Professor
    Regular Faculty
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    Jiang Wu, MD

    Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

    jiangwu@uw.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

  • Zhang, Tiffany T., PA-C, PhD Teaching Associate, UWMC
    Teaching Associate
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    Tiffany T. Zhang, PA-C, PhD

    Teaching Associate, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

    tiffzh@uw.edu

    Primary Location: UW Medical Center

    Areas of Expertise: Medical management of pain, Pumps, stimulators, peripheral nerve blocks and trigger point injection.

    Clinical Interests: Chronic pain management.

    Research Interests: Chronic pain therapy-related research.

    Teaching Interests: Preceptorship of physician assistant students.

    Personal Interests: Reading, tennis, travel and stamp collecting.

  • Gray, William Fellow
  • Hsu, Amy Fellow
  • Lindenberg, David Fellow
  • Massey, Mike Fellow
  • Swank, Seth Fellow

Referral Information for providers (if different than contact information)

To refer a patient, complete and fax the UW Medicine referral form (link to: https://www.uwmedicine.org/referrals/refer-a-patient) to 206-598-4576.

Please include recent progress notes and imaging along with a clear description of your goals for the consultation.

For questions about the referral process please call 206-598-9429

Contact Information:

UWMC Center for Pain Relief

4225 Roosevelt Way NE
Box 354693
Seattle, WA 98195-4692

Phone: 206.598.4282
FAX: 206.598.4576