David J. Tauben M.D.

 David  J. Tauben M.D.


Dr. Tauben is the chief of pain medicine at the UW as well as a UW clinical associate professor in a joint appointment with the Department of Anesthesia…

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Patient Care Philosophy

Each person's medical condition is a unique experience; so each and every diagnosis and treatment depends on the "who," in addition to the "where and when" of an individual's disease.

Personal Interests

I continue my lifelong interests in philosophy, literature, and history, and have always enjoyed the visual and performing arts, reading and skiing. I am devoted to listening to and caring for people. Family, friendships and community still matter most.

Clinical Interests

Multidimensional assessment, evaluation and inter-professional management of acute and chronic pain; medication and non-drug treatments for acute and chronic pain disorders, including musculoskeletal, neuropathic, central and visceral pain syndromes.

Research Interests

Pain assessment strategies, development of pain care pathways, risk stratification in transition from acute to chronic pain disorders, treatment outcomes tracking, and clinical implementation science. Pain medicine curriculum development for medical students, residents, fellows, active practice physicians and other members of the inter-professional pain care team; telemedicine curriculum and outcomes tracking; and development of web-based strategies for collection of pain-related patient-reported outcomes.


UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidency1982
Tufts University School of MedicineMedical education1979
University of WashingtonTeaching Appointment
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternship

Board Certifications

American Board of Pain MedicinePain Medicine1995
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine1982
Dr. Tauben is the chief of pain medicine at the UW as well as a UW clinical associate professor in a joint appointment with the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and Department of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He is the director of medical student education in pain medicine and the medical director for UW TelePain. He is a multi-year principal investigator for UW's prestigious NIH Center of Excellence in Pain Education leading curriculum development to increase pain management qualifications of interprofessional primary care providers. Furthermore, Dr. Tauben is co-chair of the AMDG Opioid Guidelines Committee for Washington State and the Hughes M. and Katherine G. Blake Endowed Professor in Health Psychology.

Dr. Tauben provides specialty consultation and care at the Center for Pain Relief. He combines specialty skills and experience as both a primary care internal medicine doctor and a pain specialist to diagnose and treat complex and continuing painful conditions. His particular area of expertise is in the formulation of medication management plans for pain persisting more than three months.

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