Steven P. Stanos, DO

by Jasmine Phiri

August 9, 2021

Medical Director, Swedish Pain Services; Executive Medical Director, Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine,
Swedish Health System Seattle, WA

Steven P. Stanos, DO currently serves as Executive Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine for Swedish Health System in Seattle, WA. In addition to this executive medical role, Dr Stanos serves as the Medical Director of Swedish Health System Pain Medicine and Services. At Swedish, he leads the musculoskeletal, medical spine, and sports medicine service lines as well as the comprehensive pain center, Swedish Pain Services. The center provides a wide range of multimodal pain services including interventional pain management, medical management, addiction treatment, and comprehensive interdisciplinary pain care. Prior to joining Swedish, he served as medical director of the Center for Pain Management and Director of Corporate Pain Services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) from 2002-2014. At RIC he was an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Medical School Feinberg School of Medicine and co-chair of the multidisciplinary pain fellowship.

He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and by the American Board of Anesthesia.

Dr. Stanos is a Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). Dr Stanos served as a panel member on the Service Delivery and Reimbursement work group for the National Pain Strategy and as invited consultant for the CDC Opioid Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. He currently serves on the American Medical Association (AMA) Opioid Task Force and remains active with the AAPM and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Stanos’ work includes ongoing educational initiatives for primary care, pain medicine, and physical medicine specialists around the United States and abroad. Dr. Stanos has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters related to pain management. Steven has been involved in the development and publication of treatment guidelines related to rehabilitation approaches for chronic pain, pharmacotherapy, and opioid management and tapering. He serves on the editorial board for the journal Pain Medicine.

A Mayday Foundation Advocacy fellow in 2013, his advocacy continues to focus on increasing awareness and access for interdisciplinary biopsychosocially-based pain care for patients suffering with chronic pain. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, regional print and television news on topics related to pain medicine and rehabilitation.