Biography & Education

My goal is to help patients who suffer from chronic pain by using individualized tailored therapies, both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic, to achieve an improved quality of life. As the medical director I strive to ensure that state-of-the-art therapies are provided at the Swedish Pain Center and that the Center continues to be recognized as a Center of Excellence. I lecture on pain topics locally, nationally and internationally to the general public and medical specialists. I hold a clinical associate professor position at the University of Washington Medical School and I teach medical students, residents and pain fellows in the appropriate treatment of chronic pain.
Additional Information

Internship: Carlisle, Birmingham England; Durban, Cape Town, South Africa with additional qualifications in sports medicine and hyperbarric medicine.

Patient Education

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Complementary Therapy:
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Recorded CMEs

New Knowledge, New Horizons in Chronic Pain Care: Opiods for All Pain Model 
March 1, 2012

Multidisciplinary Approach to Spinal Pain 
June 3, 2011

Battlestar Narcotica: Future Directions in Opioid Management
July 9, 2010

Addressing the Barriers to Effective Pain Management and Issues of Opioid Misuse and Abuse
June 24, 2010

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Management
Education Background
Medical School University of Newcastle, England
Residency Durban, Capetown, South Africa

  • English
Professional Associations
American Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain
Personal Interests
I enjoy spending time with my family, sailing, diving, cycling and reading. I am also an avid runner and have completed over 40 marathons and ultramarathons.

Care Locations

1101 Madison
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax 206-215-2229
Swedish Pain and Headache Center
1101 Madison
Suite 200
Seattle 98104
Fax (206) 386-2149
Monday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Wednesday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Accepted Insurances
  • America's Health Plan
  • DSHS/Medicaid
  • Group Health Medicare
  • Labor & Industries
  • Medicare
  • Pacificare of Washington
  • Private Healthcare Systems
  • Molina
  • Uniform Medical Plan (WA St Health)
  • Champus/Tricare (Health Net Federal Services)
  • One Health Plan of WA
  • Premera Blue Cross (All Product Lines)
  • First Choice Health Plan - HMO
  • Regence Preferred
  • United Healthcare Standard
  • Basic Health Plan
Accepted Payment Methods
Medicare, Medicaid/DSHS, Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Cash, Check, American Express, Discover Card
Available Weekends
Available Evenings
Accepting Medicaid



His research activities have included studies on acute and chronic pain, cancer pain, sports injuries and physiology. His present  research interests include development of an on line performance improvement program to assist primary practitioners improve their management of chronic pain by enabling the patients to do the majority of the charting and development of goals.He has over 35 peer reviewed, articles 8 book chapters and a textbook on pain mangementHe is an invited reviewer for various pain journals.


  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Management
Clinical Interests
  • Acute Pain Management
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Back/Spine Injuries
  • Cancer Pain
  • Chronic Abdominal Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pain and Medication Optimization
  • Clinical Trials
  • Diagnostic Pain Management
  • Disc Problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Neck Disorders
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuropathology
  • Pain
  • Pain Management
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Thoracic Spine Trauma/Disease