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Spine and Pain Management Center

Spine injuries and chronic pain are leading causes of disability in America. Our team of experienced specialists in neurology, physical medicine and neurorehabilitation are experts in developing interdisciplinary service lines to create customized, patient centered treatment plans for patients with an emphasis on compassionate care and functional independence to improve quality of life. It is our goal to create the most comprehensive spine and pain center in Hawaii, where patients can receive all aspects of their care under one roof and from time of initial consultation to the resolution of symptoms. To be a leader in conservative pain management as well as interventional care. Where a multitude of specialists and staff can come to the patient and provide all aspects of care. We use a multimodal approach to pain management with expertise in: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, neuropsychology, vocational training, acupuncture, chiropractic care, behavioral modifications/wellness, oral/topical and injectable medications, botox, neuromodulation, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Each patient will have a comprehensive physical and functional evaluation with access to ultrasound, xrays, CT scans, MRI’s, and electrodiagnostic testing.  Clinical Trials available at Spine & Pain Management Center Publications by our specialists and researchers at the Spine Center Our specialists and staff are passionate about making a difference not just for our patients but for their precious families and caregivers. We understand the challenges of facing these issues and want to be sure you do not feel alone in this journey and have local resources available to you. Therefore, we work closely with and support Hawaii’s local support group.
  • PT/OT/ST, vocational training, work hardening
  • Neuropsychology
  • Behavioral health
  • Wellness center
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Interventional procedure: botox, spasticity management, epidural, facet, trigger point, neuromodulation, minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Headache management
  • Research Therapies for the right candidate

Jason Chang, MD

Director, Spine and Pain Management Center
Sub investigator, Spine and Pain Research Unit
Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine,
University of Hawaii John Burns School of Medicine
PM & R Residency: University of California School of Medicine, Irvine

Meet Our

Multidisciplinary Team

Kore Kai Liow, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.N.

Neuroscience Chair

Director, Memory Disorders Center, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Neuro COVID Clinic, Center for Neuromodulation, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Center, BRITL (Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs) BCI (Brain Computer Interface) & Brain Mapping Lab
Clinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research, University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Nicholas Anderson, MD

Sleep Medicine

Director, Sleep and Insomnia Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine,
University of Hawai`i John Burns School of Medicine

Darren DuGas, M.D.


Director, Video-EEG Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
Co-Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Sub- Investigator, Epilepsy Research Unit

Natalia Gonzalez Caldito, M.D.


Director, MS & Neuroimmunology Center
Director, ALS & Neuromuscular Center & IV Infusion Center
Sub investigator, MS & Neuroimmunology & Neuromuscular Research Unit

Eonjung Angeline Kim, M.D.


Director, Headache & Facial Pain Center
Sub- Investigator, Headache Research Unit

Janette Abramowitz, M.D.


Research Faculty, Brain Mapping Lab, Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs
Residency: Combined Neurology & Psychiatry University of Massachusetts Medical School Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Alexander Takayesu, M.D., M.P.H.


Périnatal Psychiatry, Post Partum Dépression
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine
SubInvestigator, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience

Paul Smith, M.D.

Lifestyle Medicine

Director, Self Care & Wellness Center
Sub-investigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Chris Larrinaga, ARPN-BC, MSN, CNRN

Neurology, Neuroscience

Sleep Medicine
Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

Nicole Evans, PA-C

Neurology, Neuroscience

Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center


Neurology, Neuroscience

Memory Disorders
Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center

Qing X. Li PhD

Basic Science, Neuroscience

Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu

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