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Gordon A. Irving, MD

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
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.
University of Newcastle Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Medical School
Durban, Capetown, South Africa
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.
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology
Clinical Interests
  • abdominal pain
  • amplified pain syndrome
  • back injury
  • back pain
  • baclofen therapy
  • blood patch
  • botox injection
  • brachial plexus block
  • caudal injections
  • celiac plexus nerve block
  • chronic pain
  • epidural injection
  • erythromelalgia
  • facet injection
  • fibromyalgia
  • headache
  • herpes zoster
  • interventional pain management
  • intractable pain
  • intrathecal pump
  • meralgia paresthetica
  • migraine
  • neck injury
  • neck pain
  • nerve block
  • nerve compression syndrome
  • neuralgia
  • neuritis
  • neuromodulation
  • neuropathic arthritis
  • neuropathy
  • pain clinic
  • pain disorder
  • pain management
  • paresthesia
  • phantom limb
  • post radiation pain
  • post thoracotomy chest pain
  • postherpetic neuralgia
  • post-laminectomy syndrome
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • reflex neurovascular dystrophy
  • sciatica
  • spine injuries
  • sports injury
  • sprain
  • tens therapy
  • trigger point injection

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.


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.

4.5 out of 5 (51 Ratings, 17 Comments)


Several doctors have shown great interest in sending their patients to my doctor. This is due to my impression of my doctors good work and what it has done to improve my quality of life

Again, Dr. Irving is an excellent physician. Although Dr. Irving's staff doe not complement His degree of professionalism.

this doctor basically tells me that if i won't him to be my pain doctor it's his way or nothing told me to find other doctor.. he took me off one of my pain med's cold turkey [...] i'm unable to make my Physical Therapy apptz.'s i'm inn alot of pain daily because of it

Didn't really discuss the excessive pain I had been in during the 2 weeks prior to our visit! Or - it wasn't heard.

[...] Dr. Irving has helped me tremendously in changing my life. He has always gone the extra mile and never gives up trying to find help for me,, with a very difficult disease to understand and treat. However, he continues to research this and find ways to not only help me, but give me encouragement and hope for the future.

We are switching to a Pain Clinic closer to our home. As much as we liked Dr. Irving, there is no cure for [...]'s illness (Parkinson's) or for his pain.

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 […]
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