Vivianne Tawfik

Vivianne Tawfik

Anesthesiologist, Pain management specialist

Bio:   Vivianne Tawfik, MD, PhD is a board certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine physician who specializes in the treatment of complex chronic pain disorders including chronic post-operative pain, complex regional pain syndrome and peripheral nerve injury.

She obtained her MD and PhD in Neuroscience, with a focus on basic pain mechanisms, at Dartmouth Medical School before joining the Stanford Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine as an anesthesiology resident in the Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine (FARM) program, of which she now serves as the Director. After completion of her subspecialty fellowship training in Pain Medicine, Dr. Tawfik joined the faculty at Stanford and continues to research the immune contribution to persistent pain while treating patients suffering from chronic pain.

She enjoys science, sushi and snowboarding in her free time.
4.9 out of 5
38 Patient Ratings
31 Patient Comments

Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford University Pain Management Fellowship (2013) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Management (2015)
  • Fellowship, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Pain Medicine (2015)
  • Fellowship, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Research (2014)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology (2014)
  • Residency, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Anesthesiology (2013)
  • M.D./Ph.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Pharmacology/Neuroscience (2009)
  • Internship: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (2010) NH

Honors & Awards

  • Award in Pain, Rita Allen Foundation (2019-2022)

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Director, Fellowship in Anesthesia Research & Medicine (FARM), Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (2015 - 2018)
  • Director, Fellowship in Anesthesia Research & Medicine (FARM), Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine (2018 - Present)

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Friendliness

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Explanations

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Listens

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Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Recommended to others

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SHC Patient, May 2020

I think I should say I gave , I feel the reason I have come as far as have is due to Dr. Tawfik and her care!

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Tawfik is a great doctor and extremely helpful and wants to do the best she can.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Tawfik is an amazing person. She is concerned. She is always looking for ways to help and to alleviate pain.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Tawfik never makes you feel rushed, always shows great concern for your problem, includes me in decision making & is a wonderful dr. that I have great confidence in.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Great experience.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Dr Tawfik is amazing. She listens attentively and always considers treatments carefully before she decides they might be useful to mitigate pain

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Tawfik is very knowledgeable. She is an excellent listener and she has great ideas!

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

I am very impressed with the clinicians at the pain clinic! I like that they treat me like a person, not just a diagnosis. All my questions are always answered and explanations are very thorough.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr. Tawfik is an excellent physician. Having a rare condition makes my experience with a specialist in CRPS very positive. She listens and is very knowledgeable. She keeps up with the latest developments!

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

Dr. Tawfik is concerned, she always listens and she is always looking for ways to help me.

SHC Patient, May 2018

Dr Tawfik is amazing! She listens, has good ideas and is super intelligent

SHC Patient, May 2018

love my team at Stanford!!

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4.9 out of 5
38 Patient Ratings
31 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, May 2020

I think I should say I gave , I feel the reason I have come as far as have is due to Dr. Tawfik and her care!

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Tawfik is a great doctor and extremely helpful and wants to do the best she can.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Dr. Tawfik is an amazing person. She is concerned. She is always looking for ways to help and to alleviate pain.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Tawfik never makes you feel rushed, always shows great concern for your problem, includes me in decision making & is a wonderful dr. that I have great confidence in.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Great experience.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Dr Tawfik is amazing. She listens attentively and always considers treatments carefully before she decides they might be useful to mitigate pain

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Tawfik is very knowledgeable. She is an excellent listener and she has great ideas!

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

I am very impressed with the clinicians at the pain clinic! I like that they treat me like a person, not just a diagnosis. All my questions are always answered and explanations are very thorough.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr. Tawfik is an excellent physician. Having a rare condition makes my experience with a specialist in CRPS very positive. She listens and is very knowledgeable. She keeps up with the latest developments!

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

Dr. Tawfik is concerned, she always listens and she is always looking for ways to help me.

SHC Patient, May 2018

Dr Tawfik is amazing! She listens, has good ideas and is super intelligent

SHC Patient, May 2018

love my team at Stanford!!

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

She is very understandable, smiling face, very very competent, highly recommended.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Very competent & FRIENDLY DOCTOR.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

She is the best. Very friendly very polite above all very competent.

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

Dr Tawfik is beyond excellent. She is thoughtful, compassionate and knowledgeable

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Dr Tawfik is a concerned, responsive and caring doctor She is always willing to listen She thinks about my problem and comes up with ideas that have not been tried before

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Love, love, love HER -

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr. Tawfik is friendly, intelligent and caring. She really listens.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Academic who brought another colleague (a resident student) or without asking me. They joked & laughed a lot. I did not feel included or respected.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Friendly, courteous, good listener, problem solver, caring, focused on providing practical help, looks for root source of symptoms, extremely competent, includes me in decisions. Takes the time needed. Knew my history.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr. Tawfik is a woderful doctor. Seems to really care.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

I can not say enough awesome things about the Drs. and assistants. Everyone makes me feel like they care. Thank you.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Tawfik is very polite , always smiling, discussing my problem ( I m always very open with her) taking extra care of me. she is the best.

SHC Patient, May 2017

I have seen many of the providers and they are all good but Dr Tawfik is outstanding!

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Tawfik was wonderful.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Tawfik always spends time & talks to you, doesn't make you feel rushed or she has to get to the next patient after 5 minutes.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Tawfik was excellent. She took care to explain, even worked with a Japanese translator on the phone.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Provider is EXCEPTIONAL. She defines humanity in medical practice these days.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Very good provider I felt listened to only negative I'm not sure she understood my pain level.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Vivianne Tawfik has been a God-send!