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Pain Center Crisis: How the Healthcare Community Coped

Dr. Brett Stacey speaks with Clinical Pain Advisor about responses after the closure of the Seattle Pain Center in 2016.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2017

Chronic Pain- managing it without high-dose opioids

Posted: Mar. 17, 2017

How to provide effective pain treatment

Dr. David Tauben spoke with The Journal of Family Practice editor, Marya Ostrowski about refining care provided to patients with chronic pain.

Posted: Jan. 23, 2017


December 2016

Dr. Brett Stacey speaks with KIRO Radio about opioid-free pain treatments

Dr. Stacey speaks about non-opioid therapies including injections, stimulation and naturopathic treatments. Hear Dr. Stacey’s interview here. Read the article at mynorthwest.com.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2016

Recently published journal articles from Pain Faculty:


October 2016

Division of Pain Medicine hosts Governor’s Executive Order Announcement

2016 Governor Inslee Announcement

At an event sponsored by UW Pain Division and UW Center for Opioid Safety and Education led by Dr. David Tauben and featuring UW Pain Division expert panelists Drs. Ivan Lesnik, Brett Stacey, Deb Gordon, Jane Ballantyne, and Mark Sullivan, Governor Jay Inslee announced his Executive Order that called out UW Pain Division’s state and national leadership role regarding safe and effective opioid prescribing guidelines and practices for chronic pain.  The Executive Order will seek additional legislative support for UW TelePain and our new Pain Hotline.


Please visit the WA State Governor’s website to read more about the executive order and it’s goals.

View the Governor’s announcement at TVW

Posted: Oct. 12, 2016

Opioid overdoses falling at centers adhering to guidelines

Dr. David Tauben spoke with reporter Ted Bosworth about Washington State’s guidelines, published in Clinical Psychiatry News.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2016

31th Annual Bonica Lecture with Karen Davis, Ph.D October 25, 5pm, T-733

Karen Davis, PhD is the 31st Annual Bonica lecturer. She will speak on “How does the brain represent individual difference in pain? Insights from the new concepts of a dynamic pain connectome and the pain switch” at 5pm on Tuesday, October, 25 in T-733 of the UW Health Science Building. Please see the event flyer here.

Posted: Oct. 06, 2016



May 2016

31th Annual Gunn-Loke Lecture with Daniel Clauw, MD
May 24, 5pm in T-747

Dr. Dan Clauw is the 31st Annual Gunn-Loke lecturer. He will speak on “Treating Pain Based on the Underlying Mechanisms: Are We There Yet?” at 5pm on Tuesday, May 24 in T-747 of the UW Health Science Building. Please see the event flyer here

Updated: May. 13, 2016

CDC’s opioid RX guidelines follow Washington’s Lead

UW Medicine Media Relations and HealthScience NewsBeat writer, Bobbi Nodell, recently interviewed Dr. David Tauben and Dr. Gary Franklin about the release of the CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The Guideline includes recommendations that have been in the Washington State Area Medical Directors Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain.

Posted: May 03, 2016

Multiple pain faculty and colleagues involved in recent national guideline and strategy

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain:

  • Core Expert Group Members: Jane Ballantyne, MD, Gary Franklin, MD, MPH; Judith Turner, PhD
  • Opioids Guideline Workgroup: Greg Terman, MD, PhD
  • Peer Reviewers: David Tauben, MD
National Pain Strategy: A Comprehensive Population Health-Level Strategy for Pain:
  • Oversight Panel Members:  Greg Terman, MD, PhD
  • Workgroup Members: Linda LeResche, ScD (School of Dentistry), Population Research, Greg Terman, MD, PhD, Population Research, David Tauben, MD, Professional Education and Training

Posted: April 04, 2016

Prescription for Abuse, KCTS 9 Documentary

Posted: April 7, 2016

Recently published journal articles from Pain Faculty:

  • Michele Curatolo, PhD and John Loeser, PhD: A surgical treatment for chronic neck pain after whiplash injury. (Scandinavian Journal of Pain). (M. Curatolo, J.D. Loeser. A surgical treatment for chronic neck pain after whiplash injury? Scandinavian Journal of Pain 2016; 12: 43-44.)
  • Dennis Turk, PhD: Pain intensity rating training: results from an exploratory study of the ACTTION PROTECCT system©. (Pain). (Smith SM, Amtmann D, Askew R, Gewandter J, Hunsinger M, Jensen M, McDermott N, Patel K  Williams M, Bacci E, Burke L, Chambers C; Cooper S, Cowan P, Desjardins P, Etropolski M, Farrar J, Ian Gilron I, Huang IZ, Katz M, Kerns R, Kopecky E, Rappaport B, Resnick M, Strand V, Vanhove G, Christin Veasley C, Versavel M, Wasan A, Turk D, Dworkin R. Pain intensity rating training: results from an exploratory study of the ACTTION PROTECCT system©. Pain, 2016;157 (May):1056– 1064. doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000502)
  • Dennis Turk, PhD: Ensuring transparency and minimization of methodologic  bias in preclinical pain research: PPRECISE recommendations. (Pain). (Andrews N, Latremoliere A, Basbaum AI, Mogil JS, Porreca F, Rice ASC, Woolf CJ, Currie FL, Dworkin RH, Eisenach JC, Evans E, Gewandter JS, Gover TD, Handwerker H, Huang W, Iyengar   S, Jensen MP, Kennedy JD, Lee N, Levine J, Lidster K, Machin I, McDermott MP, McMahon SB, Price TJ, Ross SE, Scherrer G, Seal RP, Sena ES, Silva E, Stone L, Svensson CI, Turk DC, Wasserman Whiteside G, Rappaport B. Ensuring transparency and minimization of methodologic  bias in preclinical pain research: PPRECISE recommendations. Pain, 2016;157(4):901–909. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000458)
  • Dennis Turk, PhD: Reporting of statistical methodology in recent randomized trials of non-pharmacologic, non-interventional pain treatments: ACTTION systematic review. (Journal of Clinical Epidemiology). (Dworkin JD, McKeown A, Farrar J, Gilron I, Hertz SH, Hunsinger M, Kerns RD, Lin AH, McDermott MP, Rappaport BA, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Gewandter JS. Reporting of statistical methodology in recent randomized trials of non-pharmacologic, non-interventional pain treatments: ACTTION systematic review. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2016;72:56-65. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.10.019)
  • Dennis Turk, PhD: Correlates of prescription opioid therapy in veterans with chronic pain and a history of substance use disorder. (Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development). (Lovejoy TI, Dobscha SK, Turk DC, Weimer MB, Morasco BJ. Correlates of prescription opioid therapy in veterans with chronic pain and a history of substance use disorder. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2016;53 (January):25-36.)
  • Michele Curatolo, PhD: Conditioned Pain Modulation in Patients with Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain (The Clinical Journal of Pain)(Mlekusch S, Neziri AY, Limacher A, Jüni P, Arendt-Nielsen L, Curatolo M. Conditioned Pain Modulation in Patients With Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain 2016;32:116-121.)
  • Kushang Patel, PhD: Association of erythropoietin with cardiovascular events, kidney function decline, and mortality. (Circulation: Heart Failure) (Garimella PS, Katz R, Patel KV, Kritchevsky SB, Parikh CR, Ix JH, Fried LF, Newman AB, Shlipak MG, Harris TB, Sarnak MJ. Association of erythropoietin with cardiovascular events, kidney function decline, and mortality. Circ Heart Fail. 2016;9(1):e002124.)
  • Kushang Patel, PhD: Gait speed predicts disability: A pooled analysis. (Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences) (Perera S, Patel KV, Rosano C, Rubin SM, Satterfield S, Harris T, Ensrud K, Orwoll E, Lee CG, Chandler JM, Newman AB, Cauley JA, Guralnik JM, Ferrucci L, Studenski S. Gait speed predicts disability: A pooled analysis.  J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016;71(1):63-71.)


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April 2016

David Tauben, MD quote in Seattle Times Editorial

Dr. Tauben spoke with the Seattle Time Editorial board about the recent release of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in response to the opioid health crisis. The editorial can be found at the Seattle Times website, or as a PDF.

Posted: April 04, 2016

Congratulations to Division of Pain Medicine for a $140,000 grant from The MayDay Fund

David Tauben, MD, Michele Curatolo, PhD, MD, Brian Theodore, PhD (all Dept. of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine) and Ardith Doorenbos PhD, RN (Dept. of Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems) were awarded a 2 year $140,000 grant from The Mayday Fund. The grant will explore low-cost management after spine surgery through patient educational videos, TeleCoaching and outcomes with the use of PainTracker.

Posted: April, 04, 2016

Lecture with Marshall Devor, PhD

On April 18, at 4:30pm, Dr. Devor will lecture on “On feeling no pain: Neural basis for loss of conscious during anesthesia”. Please see his CV. The lecture will be in T-639 of the Health Science Building at the Univ. of Washington.

Posted: Feb. 19, 2016



March 2016

Chronic Migraines in Kids: A Family Works Past the Pain With Help of Seattle Children’s Researcher

Dr. Emily Law’s, psychologist in Seattle Children’s Pain Medicine Program and researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute work about pediatric migraines from “On the Pulse”. Watch Dr. Law’s interview with King 5 News about her work on pediatric migraines.

Posted: Jan. 26, 2016

Congratulations to Tonya Palermo, PhD, appointed editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Dr. Palermo will serve as editor from 2018-2022. To learn more about the Journal Of Pediatric Psychology, click here.

Posted: Jan. 26, 2016

Congratulations to Michele Curatolo, MD, PhD, appointed associated editor of Pain

To learn more about PAIN, click here.

Posted: Jan. 26, 2016

Dr. Jane Ballantyne speaks with NPR about the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.

Listen to the whole report from NPR here

Posted: January 4, 2016


December 2015

November/December News Round-up

Recently published journal articles from Pain Faculty:


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October 2015

Harborview partners with State and local organizations to host workshops for chronic pain patients

Read the full Press Release here

Posted: Oct. 28, 2015

Innovations in Pain by David J. Tauben, MD, FACP

Dr. David Tauben recently wrote an article for the King County Medical Society Bulletin about advances in care delivery, research and education for better non-opioid pain management. Click here to read the whole article (PDF) and visit www.kcmsociety.org to learn more about the King County Medical Society.

Posted: Oct. 28, 2015

30th Annual John. J. Bonica Lecture with Dr. Jerry Gebhart: December 1, 2015, 5:00pm in T-739 of UW Health Science Building.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Gerald Gebhart, PhD will lecture as the 30th Annual John J. Bonica lecturer. He will present “Gut Feelings: The Inside Story” at 5:00pm in T-739 at UW Health Science Building.

He will also be APM’s Grand Rounds lecturer on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30am in T-625, lecturing on “Nociceptors: New Insights”

For more information about Dr. Gebhart, see his bio.

If you have questions, please contact Stephanie at stephk5@uw.edu or 616-0717.

Posted: Oct. 28, 2015

Additional October News


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September 2015

Study Quantifies Association between Increased Pain and Fatigue in Older Adults

Researcher Dr. Kushang Patel, from the Center for Pain Research on Impact, Measurement and Effectiveness, notes that further research is needed to better understand the effect of pain on fatigue and aging. Read the whole article from Pain Medicine News’ September Issue here.

Posted: September 2015

Dr. David Tauben Featured on KOMO News

Posted: September 2015

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

To read this article, please visit www.army.mil.

Posted: September 2015

UW Pain Division awarded 5 year NIH funded Center of Excellence in Pain Education

The NIH Pain Consortium has selected the UW as one of the 11 Centers of Excellence in Pain Education to develop pain curricula. First selected in 2012, this award represents a continuation of funding for this important work.

Chronic pain affects over 100 million Americans and cost up to $635 billion in medical treatment and lost productivity each year. Recognizing the need to change this, the National Institute of Health Pain Consortium have selected 11 Centers to develop pain curricula. This is a cooperative effort of the entire Pain Consortium, where the sponsors of this initiative are National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Center for Complementary and Integrate Health  (NCCIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).

Housed jointly in the schools of medicine and nursing the John Loeser Center of Excellence in Pain Education is co-led by David Tauben, MD, Ardith Doorenbos, PhD, RN, FAAN, Debra Gordon, DNP, FAAN and John Loeser, MD.

More than 30 core faculty are involved in the center. They represent all the UW Health science schools: dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work.

Posted: September 2015

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

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Dr. Gerald Gebhart will lecture as the 30th Annual John J. Bonica lecturer. Dr. John J. Bonica, born in Italy received a BS from New York University and and MD from Marquette University. During WWII, he went to Madigan Hospital in Fort Lewis, WA, a captain in the United States Army, where he developed a special interest in pain after working with wounded soldiers. In 1960, Dr. Bonica was appointed the founding chair of UW Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology, as position he held until 1977. An internationally recognized leader in pain research, he established the Pain Clinic at the University Hospital (now known as UW Medical Center) in 1961, the first of its kind in the world.

The lectureship, endowed by public contributions, honors the late Dr. John J. Bonica, founding chair of the UW School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology and the Multidisciplinary Pain Center. Bonica was professor emeritus of anesthesiology at the time of his death in 1994.

Dr. Gerald Gebhart
Dr. Gerald Gebhart

Dr. Gebhart, is currently Professor and Director of the Center for Pain Research at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa (Pharmacology) in 1971, studied two years at the Université de Montréal and began his academic career at The University of Iowa in 1973; he was Head of the Department of Pharmacology from 1996 until his relocation to the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. Dr. Gebhart is best known for his research into mechanisms of visceral pain and hypersensitivity and has published more than 450 peer-reviewed research articles, reviews and book chapters. His scientific contributions have been recognized by several awards, including a five-year Bristol Myers-Squibb Award for Excellence in Pain Research (1989), a 10 year MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health (1993), the Kerr Award from the American Pain Society (1994), the Purdue Pharma Prize for Pain Research (2004), a Janssen Award in Gastroenterology (2005), Founders Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (2006), the Patrick D. Wall Award from the British pain Society (2012) and has been identified by Tomson-ISI as a Highly Cited Researcher (Neuroscience). Dr. Gebhart is a Past President of the American Pain Society and of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

The Division of Pain Medicine looks forward to Dr. Gebhart’s lecture. There will be more information to follow.

Posted: September 2015

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

A 2-year $700,000, Pfizer funded grant has been awarded to PI, Dr. Mark Sullivan (Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (APM); Center for Pain Relief) and Co- PI Brian Theodore, (Assistant Professor, APM) to develop and test PainTracker™ Self-Manager (PTSM), that can support integrated multimodal care in a wide variety of specialty and primary care settings. PTSM is a tool that will help assess, engage, activate and support patient’s efforts to self-manage their chronic pain in collaboration with their physicians and other providers.

Other UW Faculty/Staff include:

  • Becca Taylor, RN, PhD (Center for Pain Relief)
  • Bill Lober, MD, MS, Associate Professor (Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems)
  • Roger Vilardaga, Acting Assistant Professor (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Christine Tran, BA (Center for Pain Relief)
  • Joan Russo, PhD, Associate Professor (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

Posted: September 2015


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