Gordon A. Irving, MD

  • Pain Medicine
Accepting New Patients
600 Broadway
Suite 580
Seattle, WA 98122
600 Broadway
Suite 530
Seattle, WA 98122

General Information

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.
  • Pain Medicine
Education Background
Medical School: University of Newcastle Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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.



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.


Sleeping well despite chronic pain

April 27, 2016

Pain disrupts our sleep, and a lack of sleep increases our pain. It’s a vicious circle. If you have chronic pain, you may be nodding drowsily. While there may not be an immediate solution to your pain, you can partly manage it by managing your sleep.

Mindfulness and chronic pain

April 20, 2016

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, mindfulness may provide some relief. Mindfulness in the broadest sense is the practice of focusing on the present moment as a way to reduce stress and pain. Sounds simple, right? For most people, mindfulness actually takes practice. But the benefits can be significant, especially for people with debilitating pain.

Managing chronic pain with exercise

March 21, 2016

I can’t exercise because I hurt too much. Is this something you have said or heard from someone who suffers from chronic pain? Fact: If you do not exercise, you will hurt more.

Chronic pain and Neuroplasticity

March 09, 2016

Why do you continue to have pain long after whatever caused the pain is gone? The answer is that the pain has changed parts of your brain. These altered parts continue to send messages, prolonging the agony. And some parts of your brain, such as the hypothalamus, may have shrunk and no longer work as well.

Clinical Experience

  • Pain Medicine
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
600 Broadway
Suite 580
Seattle, WA 98122
600 Broadway
Suite 530
Seattle, WA 98122
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