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Welcome to the Division of Pain Medicine

Divison of Pain Medicine Chief

David J. Tauben, MD, FACP
David J. Tauben, MD, FACP
Chief, UW Division of Pain Medicine
Hughes M & Katherine G Blake Endowed Professor
Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine

About Us

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.

Our Mission: Enable patients and communities throughout UW Medicine system, local and WWAMI communities to achieve best outcomes and 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.

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.

News and Events

Drs. David Tauben and Ivan Lesnik Speak to Evan’s Army Community Hospital Staff About Managing Patients’ Chronic Pain

UW Awarded 5 year NIH Center of Excellence in Pain Education Grant

30th Annual John. J. Bonica Lecture with Dr. Jerry Gebhart: December 1, 2015, UW Health Science Building.

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Sullivan and Dr. Brian Theodore on the PainTracker™ Self Manager Grant award

Recent Awards and Publications

2015 NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE)
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

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

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

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