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.
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.

Care Locations

600 Broadway
Suite 530
Seattle, WA 98122
Fax 206-215-2229
Affiliated Facilities
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicare



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.


Board Certifications
  • 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