Irakli Soulakvelidze M.D.

Irakli Soulakvelidze M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Anesthesiology, Chronic Pain, Pain Medicine


Pain Medicine at UW Medicine


English, Georgian, Russian


Primary Location

Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt

4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 401
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.598.4282|Map It 


Dr. Soulakvelidze is UW clinical associate professor with the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and an attending physician at UWMC Center for Pain Relief.

Patient Care Philosophy

To improve pain and impaired function, neurobiological as well as psychosocial mechanisms need to be addressed that are unique for every patient. It is my great motivation to partner with patients in this process of recovery and healing from chronic pain.

Personal Interests

Spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling and sports.

Clinical Interests

I work with patients who have various types of chronic pain, having special interest in musculoskeletal and spinal pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and neuropathic pain. I believe in combining treatments that are based on cutting edge technology with those that require more active patient participation.

Teaching Interests

Teaching residents and fellows the theory and practice of pain medicine, as well as developing clinical research collaborations with them to answer new clinical questions.

Scope of Care

Management of chronic and acute pain, using fluoroscopy and ultrasound-guided interventional procedures, as well as medications. He believes in a holistic approach and encourages patients to develop self-management programs for chronic pain.

Research Interests

I am currently interested in scientifically studying effectiveness and mechanisms of compassion and mindfulness cultivation in the management of various types of chronic pain.


Virginia Mason Medical CenterFellowshipPain Management2003
UW - Dept. of AnesthesiologyResidencyAnesthesiology2002
Baylor College of MedicineInternshipAnesthesiology1999
McMaster University Med. Ctr.Fellowship1997
UCSF - Cardiovascular Research InstituteFellowship1997
Moscow 2nd Medical InstitutePh.D1987
Tbilisi State Medical InstituteMedical education1979


Board Certifications

American Board of AnesthesiologyPain Medicine2005
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