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Welcome to the Division of Pain Medicine

Division of Pain Medicine Chief

David J. Tauben, MD, FACP
Brett R. Stacey, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Division Chief, Pain Medicine

About Us

Our Mission: Enable patients and communities throughout UW Medicine system, local and WWAMI communities to achieve best outcomes, attain highest quality of life, and function in the face of pain.

Our Vision: To be the destination site for patient‐centered pain care and world leader in quality, performance and expertise in delivery of innovative multidisciplinary acute and chronic pain care by combining effective and efficient systems of care delivery with educational excellence and research for the benefit of patients.

UW Medical Center is home to the world's first multidisciplinary pain clinic. For over six decades UW Pain Medicine has been an international model for the diagnosis, study and treatment of chronic, cancer, and acute pain. UW Pain faculty proudly serve as key leaders in multiple pain societies, editorial boards, and state, regional, national and international initiatives. Our large and diverse division provides advanced pain clinical treatment and leadership at UW and UW-affiliated facilities for in and outpatients including UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Veteran's Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.

We provide comprehensive compassionate pain care and guidance on the latest evidence-based practices ranging from multidisciplinary rehabilitation to innovative interventional treatments. We are a national leader in the education of primary and specialty health care providers and we conduct transforming research to develop new treatments and improve patient lives and outcomes. We engage in patient advocacy, public health care policy, and collaborative partnerships to address the challenges related to to the abuse and misuse of pain medications. Our daily treatment of patients and ongoing research allow us to continue to lead the way in providing optimal pain care for the whole person.

If you are a patient, referring provider, trainee, or potential colleague, please explore the links here on this Pain Division Website or one of the links below.

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: Inpatient | Center for Pain Relief
Harborview Medical Center

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Children's Hospital
VA Puget Sound Healthcare System

Pain Medicine Education at UW

Links to Pain Medicine Research at UW


Contact The Division of Pain Medicine

University of Washington Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St.
Campus Box 356540
Seattle, WA 98195

Dept. of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Reception: 206-543-2673
Fax: 206-543-2958

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