Nathalia Jimenez, MD, MPH

Nathalia  Jimenez, MD, MPH


On staff since December 2003

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

  • Dr. Nathalia Jimenez is Associate Professor at the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She works as a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Seattle Children's Hospital. She is also a member of Seattle Children's Research Institute's Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development and Associate faculty at Harborview Injury Prevention Center.

    Her research focuses on health-outcomes among minority populations, especially Hispanic children.

    Her initial work includes studies on multiple influences, genetic and environmental, on the assessment and treatment of pain, including differences in responses to opiates among Hispanic children, and language barriers for pain assessment and treatment of children of non English-speaking families.

    Currently she is funded by an NIH grant to study disparities in disability after traumatic brain injury (TBI) for Hispanic children. In this grant she is studying barriers for initiation and adherence to outpatient treatment among Hispanic children with TBI. She is also evaluating effectiveness of culturally and linguistically relevant community interventions to facilitate adherence to treatments and return to school among these children.

    • Related Pages

    • Jimenez Lab

      The Jimenez Lab studies traumatic brain injuries and health disparities.

    • Seattle Concussion Research Collaborative

      We are the Seattle Concussion Research Collaborative (SCRC) lab, housed at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Our lab is comprised of clinicians, researchers, public health specialists, and community representatives who are working together to better understand concussion risk and concussion prevention in children,

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Center for Clinical and Translational Research Junior Investigator award June 2011
    Nominee from the University of Washington for the Nickens faculty fellowship April 2011
    Judy Su Research Award. Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine University of Washinghton 2010
    Award for Best Scientific Abstract for junior faculty Academy of Pediatrics Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine 2005
    First place Oral presentation, Section on Pediatrics. Western Anesthesia Residents Conference 2004
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Fuentes MM, Jimenez N, Apkon SD, Rivara FP
      Functional outcomes during inpatient rehabilitation for American Indian and Alaska Native children with traumatic brain injury
      27285806 J Pediatr Rehabil Med, 2016 May 31 : 9((2))133-41
    • Fuentes MM, Apkon S, Jimenez N, Rivara FP
      Association Between Facility Type During Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation and Functional Outcomes
      27026580 Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2016 March 26 : [Epub ahea
    • Moore M, Jimenez N, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Willis M, Baron K, Giordano J, Crawley D, Rivara F, Jaffe K, Ebel B
      Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Outpatient Care Barriers for Vulnerable Populations
      26259055 Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 2015 Aug. 7
    • Jimenez N, Jackson D, Zhou C, Ayala N, Ebel B
      Impact of parental English proficiency and interpreted care on acute postoperative pain management
      24435597 Hosp Pediatr, 2014 : 423-30
    • Jimenez N, Song K, Lynn A.M
      Hemodynamic instability during prone spine surgery in a patient with merosin deficient congenital muscular dystrophy
      23279697 Paediatr Anaesth, 2013 : 23(3)294-6
    • Jimenez N, Anderson GD, Shen DD, Nielsen SS, Farin FM, Seidel K, Lynn AM
      Is ethnicity associated with morphine's side effects in children? Morphine pharmacokinetics, analgesic response, and side effects in children having tonsillectomy.
      22486937 Paediatric anaesthesia, 2012 July : 22(7)669-75 PMCID:PMC3366036
    • Lopez-Guisa JM, Powers C, File D, Cochrane E, Jimenez N, Debley JS
      Airway epithelial cells from asthmatic children differentially express proremodeling factors.
      22227417 The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, 2012 April : 129(4)990-7.e6
    • Rampersad S, Jimenez N, Lynn A
      Reply to Aidan Cullen Re: Two-agent analgesia versus acetaminophen in children having bilateral myringotomies and tubes surgery, letter.
      21966963 Paediatric anaesthesia, 2011 Nov. : 21(11)1164-5
    • Kundu A, Jimenez N, Tassone RF
      Attitudes, Patterns of Recommendation, and Communication of Pediatric Providers About Complementary and Alternative Medicine in a Large Metropolitan Childrens Hospital.
      PMID: 21127080 Clinical Pediatr, 2011 : 50153
    • Jimenez N, Garroutte E, Kundu A, Morales LS, Buchwald D.
      Review of Pain and Painful Conditions among American Indians and Alaska Natives
      J Pain, 2011 : 12(5)511 - 522
    • 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
    • Kundu A, Jimenez N, Tassone RF
      Two Agent Analgesia Versus Acetaminophen in Children Having Bilateral Myringotomies and tubes (BMandT) surgery.
      Pediatric Anesth, 2010 : 20(11)1028-35
    • Eisses MJ, Jimenez N, Permut L, Jones TK, Jonmarker C
      Absent aortocoronary connections in a neonate with pulmonary atresia and an intact ventricular septum.
      18249340 Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia, 2008 Feb. : 98-101
    • Kundu A, Jimenez N, Lynn A
      Acupuncture Therapy for Prevention of Emergence Delirium in Children Undergoing General Anesthesia.
      Medical Acupuncture, 2008 : 20(3)151 - 154
    • Jimenez N, Posner KL, Cheney FW, Caplan RA, Lee LA, Domino KB
      An update on pediatric anesthesia liability: a closed claims analysis.
      17179260 Anesthesia and analgesia, 2007 Jan. : 147-53
    • 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

    Published Books, Videos, Software, etc.

    • Jimenez N
      Anesthesia for patients with Cerebral Palsy.
      Strategies in Pediatric Anesthesia Palmbook/Software

    Published Abstracts

    • Jimenez N, Ebel B.E., Wang J, Koepsell T.D., Jaffe K.M., Dorsch A, Durbin D, Vavilala M.S., Rivara F.P
      Short term, intermediate and long term disparities in disability after traumatic brain injury among Hispanic children and adolescents
    • Jimenez N, Jackson D, Zhou C, Ayala N, Ebel B
      Impact of parental English proficiency and interpreted care on acute postoperative pain management
    • Jimenez N, Posner KL, Domino KB, Cheney FW
      Trends in pediatric anesthesia malpractice claims over three decades
      Anesthesiology 103: A1309, 2005
    • Jimenez N, Seidel K, Anderson G, Shen D, Lynn AM
      Differences in pediatric morphine pharmacodynamics preliminary results
    • Webel NE, Jimenez N, Wong KC, Rampersad SE
      Use of Simbaby To Train a Newly Formed Team in Pediatric Radiation-Oncology
    • Kundu A, Jimenez N, Martin L
      Acupuncture Therapy for Prevention of Emergence Delirium in Children Undergoing General Anesthesia
    • Jimenez N, Searles Nielsen S, Lynn AM
      Genetic Variation in -arrestin2 and Morphine Side Effects in Children
    • Jimenez N, Moreno G, Leng M, Morales LS
      English Proficiency, Interpreter Services and Patient Satisfaction with Pain Treatment
    • 8. Jimenez N, Myaing M, Ayala N, Jackson D, Zhou C, Ebel B.
      English proficiency and postoperative pain treatment in hospitalized children

    Other Publications

    • Knipper E, Banta-Green CJ, Jimenez N
      Opioid use disorder and misuse: A review of the epidemiology and medical implications for pediatric anesthesiologists.
      29030938 Paediatric anaesthesia, 2017 Nov. : 27(11)1070-1076
    • Chiem J, Ivanova I, Parker A, Krengel W 3rd, Jimenez N
      Anaphylactic reaction to tranexamic acid in an adolescent undergoing posterior spinal fusion.
      28321954 Paediatric anaesthesia, 2017 July : 27(7)774-775
    • Zamora-Kapoor A, Omidpanah A, Monico E, Buchwald D, Harris R, Jimenez N
      The Role of Language Use in Reports of Musculoskeletal Pain Among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Adolescents.
      26682571 Journal of transcultural nursing : official journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society, 2017 March : 28(2)144-151
    • Jimenez N, Quistberg A, Vavilala MS, Jaffe KM, Rivara FP
      Utilization of Mental Health Services After Mild Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury.
      28159872 Pediatrics, 2017 March : 139(3) PMCID:PMC5330397
    • Martin LD, Jimenez N, Lynn AM
      A review of perioperative anesthesia and analgesia for infants: updates and trends to watch.
      28232869 F1000Research, 2017 : 6120 PMCID:PMC5302152
    • Jimenez N, Symons RG, Wang J, Ebel BH, Vavilala MS, Buchwald D, Temkin N, Jaffe KM, Rivara FP
      Outpatient Rehabilitation for Medicaid-Insured Children Hospitalized With Traumatic Brain Injury.
      27244850 Pediatrics, 2016 June : 137(6) PMCID:PMC4891290
    • Moore M, Jimenez N, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Willis M, Baron K, Giordano J, Crawley D, Rivara FP, Jaffe KM, Ebel BE
      Availability of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for Children After Traumatic Brain Injury: Differences by Language and Insurance Status.
      26259055 American journal of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2016 March : 95(3)204-13 PMCID:PMC4809209
    • Jaffe KM, Jimenez N
      Disparity in rehabilitation: another inconvenient truth.
      25958194 Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2015 Aug. : 96(8)1371-4 PMCID:PMC4871110
    • Jimenez N, Osorio M, Ramos JL, Apkon S, Ebel BE, Rivara FP
      Functional independence after inpatient rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury among minority children and adolescents.
      25747552 Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2015 July : 96(7)1255-61 PMCID:PMC4484304
    • Jimenez N, Galinkin JL
      Personalizing pediatric pain medicine: using population-specific pharmacogenetics, genomics, and other -omics approaches to predict response.
      26086515 Anesthesia and analgesia, 2015 July : 121(1)183-7
    • Jimenez N, Lynn AM
      Anesthesia for Neuroblastoma
      Fleisher L.A., Davis, P.J., Hawkins, J, McGoldrick K.E., Mulroy M, Newman M, Wiener-Kronish J.P. (Eds.): Clinical Decision Support: Anesthesiology, online book: Decision Support in Medicine, LLC. Wilmington, 2013
    • Liston D, Jimenez N
      Anesthetic considerations for patients suffering from Merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy
      Orphan Anesthesia, 2013
    • Nathalia Jimenez, MD, Jimenez, Geiduscheek JM
      Anesthesia for muscle biopsy with undiagnosed myopathy
      In Essence of Anesthesia Practice, MF Roizen and LA Fleisher (eds), 3rd edition, WB Saunders Company, 2011
    • O'Donnell B, Jimenez N, Olivar H, Metzner I, Vater Y
      Anesthetic Considerations for Patients with Mitochondrial Disorders
      Curr Rev Clin Anesth, 2009 : 29(25)301 - 316
    • Jimenez N, Lynn AM
      Participation of pediatric patients in clinical studies. Does enrollment differ based on ethnicity
      Anesthesiology; 109A 1004, 2008
    • Jimenez, N
      Trends in pediatric anesthesia malpractice claims over the last three decades
      ASA Newsletter, 2005 : 69(6)8-9, 12
    • Jimenez, N
      Cerebral Palsy
      In: Pediatric Anesthesia Practice, Litman RS (ed), Cambridge University Press, 2004 : 7 - 8

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Obtaining Early Career Federal Funding, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Chicago, IL. Oct. 2016
    Perioperative use of opioids in children 31th Colombian National Anesthesia Meeting Cali-Colombia June 6, 2015
    Total intravenous anesthesia and spinal neuromonitoring, Post-operative pain management in children 10th Course in Pediatric Anesthesia Fundacion Valle de Lili, Cali-Colombia May 23, 2014
    Total intravenous anesthesia for airway surgery; Total intravenous anesthesia and spinal neuromonitoring 4th Mexican Pediatric Anesthesia National Meeting Mexico City, Mexico March 2014
    Morphine pharmacogenetics in Hispanic children-practical and ethical Public Health Genetics seminar, University of Washington-School of Public Health Seattle, WA Nov. 2013
    Influence of race and ethnicity in pediatric pain 27th National Meeting Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Special Interest Group Pediatric Pain Medicine Las Vegas, NV 2013
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Pilot Intervention to optimize Outpatient Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury among Hispanic Children Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council $25.000 Jan. 2017 - June 2017
    Building Community to Address Disparities in Concussion Care for Hispanic Youth (Co-Investigator) Seattle Childrens Center for Diversity and Health Equity Research Program $100,000 Jan. 2017 - Sept. 2018
    Disparities in Disability after Traumatic Brain Injury for Hispanic Children Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award $648,945 July 2014 - June 2019


Medical/Professional School

University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota


Hospital Universitario San Ignacio, Bogota


Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Pain in minority populations; study of genetic and environmental factors on the assessment and treatment of pain and its consequences in health care delivery

Research Focus Area

Translational Research