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Nabil Elkassabany, MD

Nabil Elkassabany, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Elkassabany is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 2009

Description of Clinical Expertise

1- Regional anesthesia
2- Anesthesia for Orthopedic surgery
3- Anesthesia for Liver transplant
4-Anesthesia for Vascular surgery

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Anesthesia

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 6 Dulles 3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

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

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 Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, Local Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Elkassabany is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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-pateint centered outcomes after regional anesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks.
2- perioperative management of patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
3- the utility of high frequency jet ventilation in patients treated with catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

Selected Publications:

Zhao J, Guo Z, Liu X, Glaser DL, Elkassabany NM, Liu J: The development and application of risk stratification index system for outpatient shoulder arthroscopy patient management, a single academic center’s experience. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery : 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 : 2017.

Neuman MD, Ellenberg SS, Sieber FE, Magaziner JS, Feng R, Carson JL and the REGAIN Investigators: Regional versus General Anesthesia for Promoting Independence after Hip Fracture (REGAIN): protocol for a pragmatic, international multicentre trial BMJ Open 6 : 2016.

Elkassabany NM, Liu J, Mehta S, Pasarella M, Neuman M: Hospital characteristics and readmissions after hip fracture surgery Journal of Ameican Geriatric Society : 2016.

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 : 2016.

Wong A, Keeney L, Chen L, Williams R, Liu J, Elkassabany NM: Effect of local anesthetic concentration (0.2% vs. 0.1% ropivacaine) on pulmonary function, and analgesia after ultrasound-guided interscalene brachial plexus block: a randomized controlled study. Pain Medicine : 2016.

Elkassabany NM, Antosh S, Ahmed M, Nelson C, Israelite C, Cai LF, Badiola I, Williams R, Hughes C, Mariano E, Liu J: Risk of falls after total knee arthroplasty with the use of femoral nerve block versus adductor canal block; a double blinded randomized controlled study Anesthesia Analgesia : 2016.

Neuman MD, Mehta S, Bannister ER, Hesketh PJ, Horan AD, Elkassabany NM. MSCE: Pilot randomized controlled trial of spinal versus general anesthesia for hip fracture surgery Journal of the American Geriatric Society : 2016.

Walls J, Abraham D, Elkassabany NM, Nelson C, Kamath A, Liu J: Hypoalbuminemia more than morbid obesity is an independent predictor of complications after total hip arthroplasty Journal of Arthroplasty 30 (12): 2290-5,2015.

Nelson C, Elkassabany NM, Kamath A, Liu J: Low albumin levels, more than morbid obesity, are associated with complications after TKA Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 437 (10): 3163-72,2015.

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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
Fax: (215) 823-4171

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