Suzanne E. Rapp M.D.

Suzanne E. Rapp M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Anesthesiology, Chronic Pain, Pain Medicine


Pain Medicine at UW Medicine




Primary Location

Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt

4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 401
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.598.4282|Map It 


Dr. Rapp is a UW clinical professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her current practice relates to the management of chronic, non-cancer pain at the Center for Pain Relief.

Dr. Rapp’s current interests center around comprehensive pain management with a special interest in myofascial pain and small needle treatments (intramuscular stimulation).

She is a Seattle native, and has received all of her medical training at the University of Washington including medical school, surgical internship, anesthesiology residency and pain fellowship training.

Dr. Rapp has been a board certified pain specialist for almost three decades, and is a member of the American Pain Society. She speaks nationally on various topics on pain management As part of her interest in furthering community education, she has chaired the annual continuing medical education course for primary care providers at the University of Washington for eight years.

Patient Care Philosophy

As a faculty member of the first pain clinic in the world, we specialize in combining techniques from many specialties to improve pain care in our patients.

The model of health care has changed during my career to one that involves more active participation by patients. I have a strong interest in promoting self-management strategies to allow patients to be more independent in their care.

Personal Interests

Gardening, hiking and photography.

Clinical Interests

Clinical interest in myofascial pain; interested in advancing telemedicine; promoting education regarding pain to the primary care community.

Teaching Interests

Myofascial pain treatment techniques.

Scope of Care

Review of records; history taking and evaluation; making recommendations; stabilizing patients; and recommending procedures. The details for every patient are very individualized and are dictated by the patient's specific circumstances.

Research Interests

Past research interested included acute pain management and opioid medication. Current research interests in telemedicine.


Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1981
UW - Dept. of AnesthesiologyFellowshipPain Management
UW - Dept. of AnesthesiologyResidencyAnesthesiology
UW - Dept. of SurgeryInternshipSurgery


Board Certifications

American Board of AnesthesiologyPain Medicine1994
American Board of AnesthesiologyAnesthesiology1989
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