David Tauben, MD

David Tauben, M.D., FACP

Chief, University of Washington Division of Pain Medicine

Dr. Tauben is Clinical Professor jointly appointed in the Departments of Medicine and Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, and is the Hughes M & Katherine G Blake Endowed Professor, board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is also UW Director of Medical Student and Resident Education in Pain Medicine, and founder and co-Director of UW TelePain, a tele-video-conferencing program intended to provide innovative pain education and consultative support to a five-state northwest regional primary care providers. He served as a member of the NIH National Pain Strategy task force on pain education and is principal investigator for the UW’s prestigious NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence for Pain Education, leading curriculum development to extend the pain proficiency qualifications of interprofessional primary care and specialty providers.


Throughout his 30-plus year career, Dr. Tauben has broad and in-depth experience combining primary care and pain specialty practice, including more than 20 years managing cancer pain as it occurred within his own primary care practice and as a consulting pain clinician in a large multispecialty Seattle community practice. Since joining the UW in 2009, he has been a specialty pain consultant at the UW Center for Pain Relief where he evaluates and manages complex chronic pain conditions including those resulting from active cancer and from pain in cancer survivors.   His particular area of expertise is in medication management of acute and chronic pain.


He is a founding member of the State of Washington Agency Medical Directors panel of medical experts developing opioid prescription guidelines for the state, and has led a national webinar series for the US Centers of Diseases Control designed to educate clinician implementation of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain-United States, 2016Dr. Tauben is a regular clinical and content expert for regulatory and legislative bodies involved in public policy regarding pain medicine practice and standards.


He is a Board Member of the American Pain Society (APS) and a member of the APS and International Association for the Study of Pain special interest study groups on Pain Education. He speaks as a clinical expert in medical management of chronic pain, especially as it applies to primary care practices. He is annually recognized by his peers as recipient of regional awards in care of pain patients, and brings decades of clinical experience of best practice medication management of acute and chronic pain.


Dr. Tauben received his bachelors degree in philosophy from Yale University, medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed his residency training at the UW, in Seattle. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.