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Sam R. Sharar, MD

Sharar Laboratory
Sam R. Sharar, MD

  • Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine


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

Honors and Awards

  • 2010, Elected to Foundation for Anesthesia Education & Research Academy of Research Mentors
  • 2007, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine "Top Doctors" (pediatric anesthesiology)
  • 2006, International Anesthesia Research Society Clinical Research Scholar Award
  • 1997, Elected to Associated of University Anesthesiologists

Current Memberships

  • 1991-present, Board-certified Diplomat, American Board of Anesthesiology
  • 1997-present, elected to Association of University Anesthesiologists

Selected Publications

  • Sharar, S.R., Alamdari, A., Hoffer, C., Hoffman, H.G., Jensen, M.P., and Patterson, D.R.: Circumplex model of affect: a measure of pleasure and arousal during virtual reality distraction analgesia. Games Health J. 5:197- 202, 2016.
  • Hoffman, H.G., Meyer, W.J. III, Ramirez, M., Roberts, L., Seibel, E.J., Atzori, B., Sharar, S.R., and Patterson, D.R.: Feasibility of articulated arm mounted Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles for adjunctive pain control during occupational therapy in pediatric burn patients. Cyberpsychol. Behav. Social Networking 17:397-401, 2014.
  • Schmitt YS, Hoffman HG, Blough DK, Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Soltani M, Carrougher GJ, Nakamura D, Sharar SR "A randomized, controlled trial of immersive virtual reality analgesia, during physical therapy for pediatric burns." Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries 2011 37; 1; 61-8
  • Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Wiechman SA, Sharar SR "Virtual reality hypnosis for pain associated with recovery from physical trauma." International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 2010 58; 3; 288-300
  • Hoffman HG, Richards TL, Van Oostrom T, Coda BA, Jensen MP, Blough DK, Sharar SR "The analgesic effects of opioids and immersive virtual reality distraction: evidence from subjective and functional brain imaging assessments." Anesthesia and Analgesia 2007 105; 6; 1776-83
  • Sharar SR, Carrougher GJ, Nakamura D, Hoffman HG, Blough DK, Patterson DR "Factors influencing the efficacy of virtual reality distraction analgesia during postburn physical therapy: preliminary results from 3 ongoing studies." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2007 88; 12 Suppl 2; S43-9
  • Hoffman HG, Seibel EJ, Richards TL, Furness TA, Patterson DR, Sharar SR "Virtual reality helmet display quality influences the magnitude of virtual reality analgesia." The Journal of Pain : Journal of the American Pain Society 2006 7; 11; 843-50
  • Hoffman HG, Richards TL, Coda B, Bills AR, Blough D, Richards AL, Sharar SR "Modulation of thermal pain-related brain activity with virtual reality: evidence from fMRI." Neuroreport 2004 15; 8; 1245-8
  • Hoffman HG, Sharar SR, Coda B, Everett JJ, Ciol M, Richards T, Patterson DR "Manipulating presence influences the magnitude of virtual reality analgesia." Pain 2004 111; 1-2; 162-8
  • Hoffman HG, Richards T, Coda B, Richards A, Sharar SR "The illusion of presence in immersive virtual reality during an fMRI brain scan." Cyberpsychology & Behavior 2003 6; 2; 127-31
  • Hoffman HG, Patterson DR, Carrougher GJ, Sharar SR "Effectiveness of virtual reality-based pain control with multiple treatments." The Clinical Journal of Pain 2001 17; 3; 229-35