Sam R. Sharar M.D.

Sam R. Sharar M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Burn Care, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Traumatology




Dr. Sharar is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Harborview Medical Center and Professor in the UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, specializing in the perioperative care of children and adults with major trauma and burn injuries. Dr. Sharar earned his bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering at Harvard University, and his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine, following by residency training in general surgery and anesthesiology, and fellowship training in trauma/burns and pediatric anesthesia. He has provided clinical care since 1990 at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center, and has previously led the Pediatric Anesthesiology Section at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Sharar is actively involved in medical student education as a College Faculty Mentor, and is currently the Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs and Development in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

Patient Care Philosophy

Being anesthetized for surgery is an uncommon and sometimes frightening experience, especially for kids and their families, for acutely injured patients who must undergo emergency surgery, and for burn-injured victims who require repeated operations and other painful procedures.  My goal is to support such patients and their families--to listen to their concerns, to answer their questions, to reassure them with patient-centered care, and to vigilantly and safely care for them before, during, and after their operating room visit.

Personal Interests

Being a dad to two teenage kids, cycling and traveling.

Clinical Interests

He is focused on providing high quality clinical care to pediatric victims of trauma and burn injuries, while simultaneously educating anesthesiology residents and fellows.

Teaching Interests

He is one of 37 UW School of Medicine faculty responsible for a four-year integrated curriculum for medical students focusing on clinical skills, patient-centered communications, ethics, and professionalism.

Scope of Care

He provides care to adults and children at Harborview Medical Center in the operating room, emergency room and at the UW Burn Center.

Research Interests

Understanding and enhancing perioperative pain management in trauma and burn patients using novel non-pharmacologic techniques, such as virtual reality distraction. Assessing and improving emergent airway and pain management in adults and children in the prehospital emergency care setting.


Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1983
UW - Dept. of AnesthesiologyFellowshipPediatric Anesthesiology
UW - Dept. of AnesthesiologyResidencyAnesthesiology
UW - Dept. of SurgeryFellowshipGeneral Surgery
UW - Dept. of SurgeryResidencyGeneral Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of AnesthesiologyAnesthesiology1991
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