Nicholas J. Kassebaum, MD

Nicholas J. Kassebaum, MD

Anesthesia, Pain Medicine

On staff since August 2012

Academic Title: Acting Assistant Professor

I practice at Seattle Childrens Hospital as a staff anesthesiologist and am an attending on the inpatient acute and chronic pain management services. My clinical interests are in regional anesthesia, non-cardiac surgery for patients with congenital heart disease, multimodal pain therapy, and remote anesthesia practice. Academically, my research interests are in quantification of disease burden due to congenital and neonatal diseases, maternal conditions, hemoglobinopathies and nutritional deficiencies such as anemia. I am also studying the potential role of expanded surgical/ anesthesia services in addressing unmet international need and working with a collaborative group to quantify the burden of adverse events related to medical care throughout the world.


  • Cristy Bellevue, WA 01.02.15

    When our daughter was an inpatient at Children's with a "very rare" condition in kids, Dr. Kassebaum was the pain doctor consult. My favorite quote from the meeting with all the docs in one room was from him... "Someone has to be the rare." THANK YOU Dr. Kassebaum. Our daughter was the rare, and we were so thankful you helped diagnose her condition so we could find appropriate treatment. Thank you for being willing to think outside the box!


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Vanderbilt University, Nashville


Anesthesiology, University of Washington, Seattle


Anesthesiology, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Providing safe, effective and balanced anesthesia care for all children, regional anesthesia, anesthesia in resource-poor settings Epidemiology of disease processes at the population level, modeling of surgical and perioperative care systems, cost-effectiveness research