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Nabil Elkassabany, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Elkassabany is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 2009

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Alexandria University
Residency: Alexandria University Hospitals
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Residency: Fairview Health System
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation


African Society of Regional Anesthesia (AFSRA), International American Society of Anesthesiologists, National American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), National International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), International Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Elkassabany is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

1-Patient-centered outcomes after regional anesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks.
2- perioperative management of patients after joint arthroplasty and other orthopedic procedures
3- the utility of high frequency jet ventilation in patients treated with catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

Selected Publications:

Gilotra M, Klein A, Elkassabany NM, Kuntz A, Huffman R, Glaser D: Risk Factors for Cerebral Desaturation Events during Shoulder Surgery in the Beach Chair Position Arthroscopy : 2019.

Elkassabany NM, Cai LF, Badiola I, Kase B, liu J, Hughes C, Israelite C, Nelson C: Single Injection versus Continuous Adductor Canal Block for Postoperative Analgesia After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A prospective randomized open label study The Bone and Joint Journal : 2019.

Nelson, CL, Kamath, AF, Elkassabany, N, GUI, Z and Liu, J: The Serum Albumin Threshold for Increased Peri-operative Complications after THA is 3.0 g/dL Hip International : 2018.

Elsharkawy H, Maniker R, Bolash R, Kalasbail P, Drake RL, Elkassabany NM: Rhomboid Intercostal and Subserratus Plane Block: A Cadaveric and Clinical Evaluation. Regional anesthesia and pain medicine 43 (7): 745-751,2018.

Badiola Ignacio, Liu Jiabin, Huang Stephanie, Kelly John D, Elkassabany Nabil: A comparison of the fascia iliaca block to the lumbar plexus block in providing analgesia following arthroscopic hip surgery: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of clinical anesthesia 49 : 26-29,2018.

Liu J, Flynn DN, Liu W, Elkassabany NM: Hospital-Based Acute Care within 7-days of Discharge following Outpatient Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Anesthesia Analgesia 126 (2): 600-605,2018.

Gittings D, Rudasill S, Liu JB, Elkassabany NM, Nelson C, Atul K: Preoperative Risk Factor Score Predicts Malnutrition in Total Joint Arthroplasty Patients Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances : 2018.

Elkassabany NM, Abraham D, Huang S, Pio F, Hume E, Kase B, Israelite C, Liu JB: Patient education and anesthesia choice for total knee arthroplasty Patient Education and Counselling 100 (9): 1709-1713,2017.

Lyons MM, Keenan BT, Li J, Khan T, Elkassabany NM, Walsh CM, Williams NN, Pack AI, Gurubhagavatula I: Symptomless Multi-Variable Apnea Prediction Index Assesses OSA Risk and Adverse Outcomes in Elective Surgery Sleep Medicine 40 (3): 2017.

Kamath AF, Nelson CL, Elkassabany NM, Guo Z, Liu J: Low Albumin Is a Risk Factor for Complications after Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty Journal of Knee Surgery 30 (3): 269-75,2017.

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Academic Contact Info

HUP Anesthesiology and Critical Care
3400 Spruce Street, 6 Dulles Building

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 823-6700
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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