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Over $19 Million in Research Funding 

Funds from government and non-government sponsors support UW Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine researchers in the study of neuroscience, pain, genomics and mitochondria biology, basic mechanisms of anesthetics, health disparities, critical illness, neuroanesthesia, patient safety and clinical outcomes

Where we work

Our researchers work at locations across the UW Medicine enterprise including UW Medical Center – Montlake, Harborview Medical Center, UW Medicine at South Lake Union, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Focus Areas

Research Opportunities for Faculty

Announcing new Pilot Grant program awarding up to $20,000 for 1 – 2 years of funding for APM faculty.

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Research Opportunities for Students & Trainees

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Spotlight on Research Archive

Spotlight on Research 2024


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Vice Chair for Research, Tonya Palermo, PhD, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and holds the Hughes M. and Katherine Blake Endowed Professorship in Health Psychology.  She also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute where she directs the Pediatric Pain & Sleep Innovations Lab.  Dr. Palermo’s research focuses on behavioral, psychosocial and family factors that affect pain experiences, the interrelationship of sleep and pain, and innovative psychological treatments for managing and preventing chronic pain.  She has published numerous papers, authored two books on cognitive behavioral therapy, and serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pain.  Dr. Palermo is the director of the T32 postdoctoral training program in anesthesiology research at UW.


Dr. Kassebaum smiling with folded armsDirector of Resident and Fellow Research and Scholarship, Nicholas J. Kassebaum, MD,  Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and Adjunct Professor in Health Metrics Sciences and Global Health, provides leadership and oversight to the UW APM resident research programs including the Bonica Scholars Program and the Resident Research Track.  Dr. Kassebaum also facilitates research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows participating in ACGME and Non-ACGME fellowship programs.  Dr. Kassebaum’s research is in the field of RMNCAH/N (Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition), and includes work in oral health, demographics of aging, burden of surgical disease, human resources for health, and adverse effects of medical treatment. Dr. Kassebaum serves as Research Team Lead for Neonatal and Child Health at UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).  He has published extensively, presented at multiple national and international conferences, and been invited to serve on more than 15 international technical advisory groups through organizations including WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, and the MITS Surveillance Alliance. Current and past funding support for Dr. Kassebaum’s work have come from National Institutes of Health, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Smile Train International, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.