Damien Tavares, MD was born and raised in Hawaii. He earned his medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed a General Surgery Internship at the University of Hawaii where he received extensive surgical training by some of Hawaii’s finest surgeons. Following internship, Dr. Tavares left Hawaii for specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California at Irvine where he was the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Jerome Tobis Award for Exemplary Performance. After residency, Dr. Tavares chose to further subspecialize in Pain Medicine and received ACGME accredited fellowship training through the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care at the University of California at Irvine.
Upon completion of his medical training, Dr. Tavares returned home to Hawaii and joined Tripler Army Medical Center’s Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center. In addition to providing comprehensive pain management for members of the armed services and their dependents, he performed thousands of interventional procedures including surgical implants for refractory pain. After serving our country through civil service for the Department of Defense, Dr. Tavares entered solo private practice in 2013 and holds medical staff privileges at The Queen’s Medical Center.
Dr. Tavares is triple board certified. He is ABMS double board certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The ABMS is the gold standard for assessing a physician’s competency and scope of practice by regulatory bodies, insurance companies, and hospitals. His third board certification is in Interventional Pain Management through the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP), which involved a rigorous examination process administered by national experts. Although ABIPP was formed in 2005 by leaders in the interventional pain management community, there are less than 300 certified physicians worldwide.
Dr. Tavares is a lifetime member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and serves as the Vice President for its Hawaii Chapter. He is also an active member of the Spine Intervention Society, The American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.