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Zeev Kain

Zeev N. Kain, MD



Clinical Interests

complementary medicine for perioperative anxiety, distress during surgery, pediatric pain management

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  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology - General
  • English
  • Hebrew
Medical School
Ben Gurion University of Negev, Faculty of Health Science
Schnider Children's HospitalCategorical Pediatrics
Children's Hospital - BostonAnesthesiology
Yale-New Haven HospitalAnesthesiology
Yale University School of MedicinePediatric Anesthesiology
Professional Positions
  • Associate Dean for Clinical Research, University of California, Irvine
  • Professor of Anesthesiology, University of California, Irvine
Awards and Recognition
  • Resident Research and Scholarly Award, Schneider Children's Hospital, 1989
  • Resident of the year award, Department of Anesthesiology, YNHH, 1991
  • Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, Starter Grant Award, 1994
  • Member of Belgian Association of Anaesthesia (honorary), 1998
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, Columbia Business School, 2000-2002
  • Best Doctors in America® — Pediatric Specialist, 2013, 2015, 2016

More Information
Dr. Kain is recognized as an international expert in the clinical management of perioperative fear and anxiety, and management of children undergoing invasive medical procedures. His research addresses major dilemmas encountered in the management of affected children. To date, Dr. Kain has revolutionized the care of children in preoperative settings both in the United States and around the globe. In fact, Dr. Kain's research triggered a change in the manner in which children are treated during invasive medical procedures and during the perioperative period. As a direct result of Dr. Kain's research, significantly fewer children in the US and around the globe are taken into the operating rooms and sedation suites, awake, alone and screaming and crying. Dr. Kain achieved this by demonstrating that extreme anxiety and fear in children undergoing surgery and invasive procedures is associated with poor clinical and psychological outcomes of these children and thus should not be allowed. By promoting the conceptual importance of this field and continuing to develop associated empirical findings, Dr. Kain intends to markedly improve the quality of evidence available to anesthesiologists, pediatricians and surgeons making clinical decisions regarding management of children's distress and pain during the perioperative period.

UCI Health Center for Pain Management
Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care
19200 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92612
Fax: 949-824-8417
UC Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868