The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine provides safe, family-centered care for children before, during and after surgery. Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual and potential tissue damage.

It is important to manage pain when treating a child: inadequately controlled pain has undesirable effects on a child’s metabolic, physiological and emotional conditions.

Our team includes expert pediatric anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners. Each has special experience and training in issues facing children during anesthesia. Before surgery, a nurse practitioner or anesthesia provider takes a complete medical history, including post-anesthetic experiences, and provides a complete physical exam. We provide information to the family on how children fall asleep under anesthesia. We also discuss the surgery center routine, the recovery and criteria for home discharge.

The department also hosts an interdisciplinary pain medicine team that consults to evaluate and treat children experiencing acute or chronic pain. Our team includes attending physicians, psychologists and advanced practice nurses who provide pain management services 24 hours a day. We provide our patients relief from a variety of afflictions, including pain related to surgical procedures, cancer, sickle cell disease and other conditions. This team is dedicated to improving infant, child and adolescent pain care and quality of life.

Leadership and Faculty

Cate Pihoker, MD, Program Director

Endocrinology, Diabetes Research, Disorders of Sex Development

Academic Title: Professor

Catherine Pihoker, MD, is chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her clinical focus... cont.

Fellows

  • Trevor Adams, MD
  • Nina Hardcastle, MD
  • Lee Ann Jasper, MD
  • Emily Knipper, MD
  • Kendra Porta, MD
  • Christelle Poulin-Harnois, MD
  • Jared Tyler, MD
  • Garrett Wolter, DO

Team Member Spotlight

Travis Allen, CRNA

Principal research investigator

I came to Children’s as a full-time clinician, but soon became interested in research and started working in the lab on my day off. I’m excited about our discovery linking the inner ear to respiratory control and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The possibility that infants could be screened at birth to avoid the devastating consequences of SIDS encourages me to work hard to help children and their families.