Alex Cahana, M.D., DAAPM, FIPP
Hughes M. and Katherine G. Blake Endowed Professor in Health Psychology
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities
Adjunct Professor, Department of Radiology
Dr. Cahana joined UW Medicine as professor and chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in 2008. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, an adjunct professor in the Department of Radiology and the holder of the Hughes and Katherine Blake Endowed Professorship in Behavioral Science.
Dr. Cahana studied Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He completed training in anesthesiology and a pain fellowship at Vanderbilt University, and he holds degrees in bioethics, philosophy and theology. He served as director of the post-operative and interventional pain program at Geneva University, Switzerland.
Dr. Cahana promotes measurement-based care as the standard of care in his division, in Washington state, in the five-state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho), in the military and veterans’ health systems; he’s also involved in state and federal legislation. He is the associate editor for Pain Practice, Pain Medicine and Pain Physician, and he co-chaired the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s research committee. Dr. Cahana is also assistant president of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) and president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation.
During his tenure, the UW Center for Pain Relief has received the American Pain Society’s 2010 Centers of Excellence Award, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Best Practice Award, and the 2011 WIP best comprehensive pain program award. UW Medicine’s pain division received an honorable mention in the 2011 Request for Reform (R4R) Innovation Challenge from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In addition, Dr. Cahana received the Army Surgeon General Commander’s Coin and the 2011 Purple Heart Military Service Order Award, and he was nominated in 2012 for the David B. Thorud Leadership Award.
Learn more about:
- Alex Cahana, M.D., DAAPM, FIPP
- Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
- Department of Bioethics and Humanities
- Department of Radiology
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