“Few things a doctor does are more important than relieving pain. . . pain is soul destroying.
No patient should have to endure intense pain unnecessarily.
The quality of mercy is essential to the practice of medicine here, of all places, it should not be strained.”

Marcia Angell

Damien Tavares, MD

Medical School

University of Hawai’i John A. Burns


General Surgery
University of Hawai’i


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of California, Irvine


Pain Medicine
University of California, Irvine

Board Certifications

Interventional Pain Management, ABIPP
Pain Medicine, ABMS/ABPMR
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, ABMS/ABPMR

Damien Tavares, MD was born in Hawai’i and raised in Waianae on the Island of Oahu. He earned his medical degree from the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed a General Surgery Internship at the University of Hawai’i where he received training from some of Hawai’i’s finest surgeons. Following internship, Dr. Tavares left Hawai’i for specialty training in Physical Medicine & 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 in 2011, Dr. Tavares returned home and joined Tripler Army Medical Center’s Interdisciplinary Pain Management Team. After serving his country through the Department of Defense, Dr. Tavares entered private practice in 2013. He is the founder and owner of Hawaii Pain Center 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. There are less than 300 certified physicians by ABIPP worldwide.

Dr. Tavares enjoys time with his daughter, fitness, cooking, and travel.

“The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope.
That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon.
They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.”

Norman Cousins


  • Arm pain
  • Back pain
  • Headache of neck origin
  • Joint pain
  • Leg pain
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Persistent pain after spine surgery
  • Sciatica
  • Tailbone pain


  • Bursitis
  • Coccydynia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Herniation
  • Facet Arthropathy
  • Joint Osteoarthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Postlaminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sondylolisthesis


  • Bursa Injections
  • Epidural Injections
  • Discography
  • Joint Injections
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Neurolysis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

William Osler

As a specialty clinic, all patients require a referral from another healthcare provider. Medical records are reviewed before scheduling to ensure best treatment outcomes.

Due to continual changes in healthcare insurance plans and policies, please contact us to find out if your plan is accepted at our office.

Yes. However, self/private pay patients undergo the same referral and review process as insured patients before scheduling.

The office is located in the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Medical Pavilion. It is the building closest to Liliha Street on the campus of the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii.

Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Patients are scheduled by appointment. Walk-ins must be approved.

There is ample street and structure parking. Handicap parking is conveniently located in the basement of the building. Parking in the structure is $1 for every 30 minutes. Sorry, we do not validate.

  • Insurance card
  • Government issued identification
  • Imaging studies
  • Medical records


For your convenience, please print and fill out all applicable forms and present them to the front desk when you arrive for your first office visit.

Contact Info

2226 Liliha Street, Suite 407 Honolulu, HI 96817



Office Hours

OPEN   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Monday
• Tuesday
• Thursday
• Friday
• Holidays
• Wednesday
• Saturday
• Sunday
Holiday Schedule



New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1
President’s Day Monday, February 17
Good Friday Friday, April 10
Memorial Day Monday, May 25
Independence Day Friday, July 3
Labor Day Monday, September 7
Veterans’ Day Wednesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26
Friday, November 27
Christmas Thursday, December 24
Friday, December 25
New Year’s Day Thursday, December 31
Friday, January 1