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Dr. Cahana is an internationally recognized anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He joined the faculty of the UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine to lead as chief of the newly formed Division of Pain Medicine in 2008. Born in Israel, he studied medicine at Tel Aviv University and was awarded the Purple Heart as a medical officer in the Marine Corps. He completed his training in anesthesiology in his native Israel and completed a fellowship in pain management and palliative care at Vanderbilt University. Most recently, he served as director of the Postoperative and Interventional Pain Program at Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland. He is leading the creation of the National Pain Registry and is developing the Washington State Opioid Reform Initiative. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Cahana holds a master’s degree in bioethics and medical humanities from the Faculty of Theology, University of Lausanne. He is the associate editor in the journals Pain Practice, Pain Medicine and Pain Physician and is chair of the research committee of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He is the assistant-at-large to the president of the World Institute of Pain. Patient Care Philosophy “Always listen to the patient’s history. It is his story, not ours. If you do that, you will always get the answer and be able to help the patient get to the ‘ah-hah’ moment.”
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