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.


Fibromyalgia: How you can cope with a painful disease

August 03, 2016
If fibromyalgia could be summed up in one word, it would be “pain.” But people who suffer from this chronic disease also face a range of other debilitating symptoms. Together they can limit daily life and the ability to work. But there are ways to cope.

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


Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.3 out of 5 (36 Ratings, 14 Comments)


Dr Irving is a rare Doctor that I have encountered in my life. He is succinct, descriptive, and speaks straight to the point. I appreciate his intelligence and perspective one hundred percent. He also has had the forward enough thinking and listens enough to understand the prescription medication I take has changed my quality of life 100%. Dr Irving has truly given me the opportunity to live my life as a "normal" person of which I never thought would be possible. [...]

highly recommend Dr. Irving!

Provider does not ALWAYS listen to me and does not ALWAYS include me in making decisions on my care.

One of the best doctor's I've ever interacted with. Always listens and thinks about my comments/questions. Wish all my doctors were like him.

My hesitancy to recommend is only because of how hard it was to communicate with his scheduler & get an appt.

I am very confident in the care I from Dr Irving. He is very knowledgeable about my medical condition and he makes sure I understand it also. He is very good about teaching me what makes my condition better and what can make it worse.

Dr Irving is exceptional, he takes the time needed to make sure that I understand my medications. He cares very much about his patients.

I have been with this provider & other staff for almost 10 yrs, you couldn't ask for any better. Meds are always gone over as I'm on a lot. Not just this provider so I appreciate going over them and other things that can help. Not just meds.

I respect and like my Dr. very much.

I've been w/my provider over a decade. He HAS worked hard to help - but in past 6 years not so much. Past 3 years my pain has increased significantly and I've told him this as well as asked for xrays, MRI's, injections, more pains, different pain meds - anything - but find out what the problem is. I finally went to another dr. to get treatment on my back. [...]

I felt very rushed, as if this doctor had too many other patients to see; I felt as if my problem was not addressed in relation to the level/severity with which it interferes with my life; he frequently interrupted my answering one question with the next question; the questionnaire was very long and wait time short, so there was not enough time to complete it before the appt. started, and the doctor would never have had enough time to read it anyway--he glanced at my answers occasionally, but seemed to disregard them; I do not feel that I was given any 'practical' or immediate answers or solutions to my primary complaint […] I was very disappointed with this appointment and this provider, and will most likely not return in 3 months, as I am now seeking help for this problem elsewhere, and certainly plan on receiving more satisfaction […]

I am so grateful that he gives me hope, that my situation might get better. But he helps me to live with my reality. His classes have helped me get back into studying. He's humble and yet so bright. I am very grateful to know him.

The best provider that I could have chosen.

Does not answer my questions, particularly the 1st visit.
600 Broadway
Suite 580
Seattle, WA 98122
600 Broadway
Suite 530
Seattle, WA 98122
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