Irakli Soulakvelidze, MD

October 6, 2016


Irakli Soulakvelidze Bio


Dr. Soulakvelidze is UW clinical associate professor with the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and an attending physician at UWMC Center for Pain Relief. He specializes in treating all kinds of chronic pain, with particular interest in spinal and neuropathic pain, as well as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).


Dr Soulakvelidze is actively involved in educational process of pain fellows as well as anesthesia residents, having served as director of pain fellowship program from July of 2013 to January of 2015.


Dr Soulakvelidze’s long time interest has been studying scientific and medical underpinnings of contemplative traditions of mindfulness and compassion. This led him to pursue teacher training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through university of Massachusetts, as well as Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through Stanford University. In 2015 Dr Soulakvelidze became a certified teacher of CCT and instructor of MBSR. This teacher training qualifications allowed Dr Soulakvelidze to teach CCT to faculty and graduate students at University of Washington Medical Center. His curriculum proposal to Medical School to teach medical students Science and practice of Empathy and Compassion Cultivation in Medicine has been accepted and his first class will be starting in December 2016.


Dr Soulakvelidze next major motivation is to offer MBSR to chronic pain clinic patients – MBSR is an evidence based treatment modality for this category of patients with major randomized controlled trials performed at Universities of Massachusetts, Pittsburg and Washington. Active discussions with the UWMC leadership are under way. Furthermore, introducing MBSR to chronic pain clinic will hopefully make it possible to develop a very robust clinical research program as well.