See Wan Tham, MB BS

See Wan Tham, MB BS

Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

On staff since September 2010

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

  • Dr. See Wan Tham is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain physician and provides clinical services as an anesthesiologist and in the multidisciplinary pain management clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She received her MB BS at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2001 followed by anesthesiology residency at the State University of New York (Syracuse). She then completed pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her research focus is on identifying the mechanisms underlying the relationship between pain and sleep in pediatric populations with chronic pain conditions. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to understand the longitudinal trajectories of sleep disturbances and autonomic function in children and adolescents with chronic abdominal pain.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Young Investigator Travel Award American Pain Society (Scholarship/Research) 2012
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Tham, S. W., Palermo, T., Vavilala, M., Wang, J., Jaffe, K., Koepsell, T., Dorsch, A., Temkin, N. R., Dennis, D. R., Rivara, F. P.
      The Longitudinal Course, Risk Factors and Impact of Sleep Disturbances in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury
      J Neurotrauma Rehab, 2012 : 29(1)154-61

    Manuscripts Submitted

    • Holley, A. L., Law, E., Tham, S. W., Myaing, M., Noonan, C., Strachan, E., Palermo, T.
      Associations among smoking and chronic musculoskeletal pain in young adult twins
      Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2012
    • Tham, S. W.
      Scoliosis: The Evaluation and Treatment of Idiopathic Spinal Deformity in Children and Adults
      Dr. Newton and Dr. OBrien (Ed.)

    Published Abstracts

    • Lewandowski, A., Law, E., Tham, S. W., Myaing, M., Noonan, T., Palermo, T.
      Associations among smoking and chronic musculoskeletal pain in young adult twins
      The Journal of Pain, 2012 : 13s13

    Other Publications

    • See Wan Tham, MB BS
      Measures of Health Related Quality of Life
      In McGrath P., Stevens B., Walker S., Zempsky W. (Ed.), The Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain. Oxford University Press., 2013

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Sleep Duration and Pressure Pain Responsivity in Healthy Adolescents Minneapolis, MN May 2014
    Experimental pain testing in youth with and without chronic pain Tampa, FL April 2014


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Medical/Professional School

University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales


Transitional, The Canberra Hospital, WODEN ACT 2606
Anesthesiology, SUNY Upstate Medical University , Syracuse


Pediatric Anesthesia, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Acute and chronic pain management in pediatric population, pediatric regional anesthesia