Anne M. Lynn, MD

Anne M. Lynn, MD


On staff since October 1981

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"Anesthesia administration can seem fairly anonymous, but helping a family and child through the procedures of anesthesia and surgery with the least amount of distress is very satisfying. There aren’t many specialties that tolerate singing as part of the job, either! I’ve spent part of my time studying safe perioperative pain relief with morphine or ketorolac, especially in infants. More recently, I’ve begun using acupuncture, which has the advantage of avoiding drug interactions. It’s very rewarding when infants or children respond to these treatments. I’ve also reached an age where I find personal satisfaction in teaching future anesthesiologists the clinical pearls of pediatric anesthesia."


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Medical/Professional School

Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle
Anesthesiology, University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Research Description

Morphine handling and its respiratory effects in infants were initial studies looking at patients having cardiac surgery and then infants having other major surgeries.

More recently, I've studied ketorolac a non-steriodal anti-inflammatory agent, in infants following major surgery. Now I'm beginning to study the use of acupuncture both for pain relief and more broadly its use for wellness following surgery or significant illness. Identifying which patients are most able to benefit from the use of acupuncture would be very useful since acupuncture treatments are quite labor intensive.

Research Focus Area


Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Seattles Best Doctors Seattle Magazine 2015
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
University of Washington Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women and Minorities University of Washington 2011
The Best Doctors in America Listed in The Best Doctors in America 2008 - 2014


  • Walker K
    Jeune Syndrome
    Essence of Anesthesia Practice, 4th Ed. Elsevier , 2015
  • Lynn, A
    Commentary on Khalil study "Effect of IV ibuprofen in febrile pediatric patients"
    Anesthesiology News , 2014
  • Rowell J, Lynn AM, Filardi TZ, Celix J, Ojemann JG
    Acute unilateral enlargement of the parotid gland immediately post craniotomy in a pediatric patient: a case report.
    20512498 Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery , 2010 Sept. : 1239-42
  • Jimenez N, Seidel K, Martin LD, Rivara FP, Lynn AM
    Perioperative analgesic treatment in Latino and non-Latino pediatric patients.
    20173265 Journal of health care for the poor and underserved , 2010 Feb. : 229-36
  • Anderson GD, Lynn AM
    Optimizing pediatric dosing: a developmental pharmacologic approach.
    19476420 Pharmacotherapy , 2009 June : 680-90
  • Lynn AM, Bradford H, Kantor ED, Seng KY, Salinger DH, Chen J, Ellenbogen RG, Vicini P, Anderson GD
    Postoperative ketorolac tromethamine use in infants aged 6-18 months: the effect on morphine usage, safety assessment, and stereo-specific pharmacokinetics.
    17456651 Anesthesia and analgesia , 2007 May : 1040-51, tables of contents
  • Piper NA, Flack SH, Loeser JD, Lynn AM
    Epidural analgesia in a patient with an intrathecal catheter and subcutaneous pump to deliver baclofen.
    16918665 Paediatric anaesthesia , 2006 Sept. : 989-92
  • Anand KJ, Aranda JV, Berde CB, Buckman S, Capparelli EV, Carlo W, Hummel P, Johnston CC, Lantos J, Tutag-Lehr V, Lynn AM, Maxwell LG, Oberlander TF, Raju TN, Soriano SG, Taddio A, Walco GA
    Summary proceedings from the neonatal pain-control group.
    16777824 Pediatrics , 2006 Mar. : S9-S22
  • Jimenez N, Bradford H, Seidel KD, Sousa M, Lynn AM
    A comparison of a needle-free injection system for local anesthesia versus EMLA for intravenous catheter insertion in the pediatric patient.
    16428534 Anesthesia and analgesia , 2006 Feb. : 411-4
  • Anand KJ, Aranda JV, Berde CB, Buckman S, Capparelli EV, Carlo WA, Hummel P, Lantos J, Johnston CC, Lehr VT, Lynn AM, Maxwell LG, Oberlander TF, Raju TN, Soriano SG, Taddio A, Walco GA
    Analgesia and anesthesia for neonates: study design and ethical issues.
    16117988 Clinical therapeutics , 2005 June : 814-43
  • Berde CB, Jaksic T, Lynn AM, Maxwell LG, Soriano SG, Tibboel D
    Anesthesia and analgesia during and after surgery in neonates.
    16117991 Clinical therapeutics , 2005 June : 900-21
  • Lynn AM, Nespeca MK, Bratton SL, Shen DD
    Ventilatory effects of morphine infusions in cyanotic versus acyanotic infants after thoracotomy.
    12535033 Paediatric anaesthesia , 2003 Jan. : 12-7
  • Anne M. Lynn, MD, Flack, S., Piper, N. A
    Author's reply
    Pediatric Anesth : 7707
  • Jimenez, N., Anderson, G. D., Shen, D. D., Searles Nielsen, S., Farin, F. M., Lynn, A.
    Is ethnicity associated with opioids side effects in children? A study on morphine pharmacokinetics and clinical response among surgical patients
    Pediatric Anesthesia


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Developmental Kinetics/dynamics of parenteral opioids and NSAIDS in neonates and infants Colombian Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting June 2015
Preparing for the Last 10 Years of Practice SPA Spring Meeting March 2015
Clinical Competence Committees University of Washington, University of Washington Program Director Development series Seattle, WA Sept. 12, 2014
Developmental Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics of Parenteral Opiates and NSAIDS in Infants:what are the Problems? Society for Pediatric Pain Management, SPPM First Annual Meeting Fort Lauderdale March 2014
Evidence-based Management of Acute Intraoperative Emergencies in Children SPA Las Vegas, NV March 16, 2013
Intensive Review of Pediatric Anesthesia Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Chicago, Il

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
ongoing funding to complete GAS study (general anesthesia versus spinal anesthesia in infants undergoing herniorraphy) Thrasher Foundation 2015 - 2018
GAS study participating center NIH $32858 2010 - 2015