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Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, FACS, FPMRS
Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, FACS, FPMRS
Would recommend provider
4.6 out of 5 stars

106 Patient Ratings

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Pelvic Floor Center

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Virginia Mason Bellevue Medical Center
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center


Bellevue Medical Center  (425) 637-1855
Hospital & Seattle Medical Center  (206) 223-6600

Urology, Urogynecology, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Reconstruction, Obstetric Fistula, Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neurourology, Fecal Incontinence, General Adult Urology, Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Disease

Board Certifications
American Board of Urology, subspecialty certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery

Joined Virginia Mason - January 1999

Patient Ratings
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Would recommend provider
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.8 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.6 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.7 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.5 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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January 2017
Dr. Kobashi has been extremely helpful to me over the years. She has helped me get me through difficult challenges and I appreciate her caring and knowledge so much. She is a great doctor!

December 2016
Dr. Kobashi is an excellent doctor. She is trustworthy & very easy to talk to. I completely trust the type of care she provides for me.

December 2016
Very informative.

December 2016
I love Dr. Kobashi best dr. I have had for urinary in 4 yrs.

November 2016
The follow-on concerns were fully addressed & will take place next year.

November 2016
Dr. Kobashi is nice and polite and I trust her. However, I want to note a few things: she never washed her hands or sanitized when entering the exam room. She didn´t touch me during our consultation, but i would have liked to see that. The Dr listened to what I had to say, but the appointment was VERY brief - under 10 minutes.

November 2016
Very personable as well as knowledgeable getting both is sometimes difficult, so I was pleased.

September 2016
Only got to say hello to Doc - Nurses phy. asst did the exam.

September 2016
Very satisfied.

August 2016
I like Dr. Kobeshi´s common sense attitude.

August 2016
This care provider I have 100% confidence in her/ ____ I wish her (...) that is my noble Dr. Kathleen Kobashi is excellent and she & staff with her need no improvements. She knows her stuff.

August 2016
Excellent appointment.

July 2016
Very welcoming and patient. Especially on the embarrassing aspect as to why I was there.

July 2016
Dr. Pittenger is the best!!

July 2016
In my opinion, Dr. Kobashi (being assigned to) was the best thing that could happen to me.

June 2016

May 2016
Immediately referred me to Dr. Porter in the office as surgical specialist. Excellent.

April 2016
Dr. Kobashi personally called me - Long distance to give me information about the very complicated progress of ordering my prescriptions.

April 2016
This was my first visit with Dr. Kobashi and was very impressed with her friendly, down to earth manner which put me at ease immediately. She was very articulate in explaining my condition to me with ways to help me to manage and over come my condition.

March 2016
Good experience.

March 2016
Dr. Kobaski explained my treatment & concerns about my condition.

March 2016
She way very friendly & answered all my questions & cared what I said.

March 2016
Dr. Kobashi was professional, friendly & courteous. She is very nice.

January 2016
I was very anxious during this appointment and Kobashi relieved my concerns, gave me options and did what we needed to do in order to help my worry. It happened very fast, and I was happy she took the time to fit in a procedure within 20 minutes of promising (a scope)! The only thing that was disappointing is that I made the appt for a scan, and had to wait an hour.

January 2016
The doctor was a superb teacher as well as very gentle during the time she examined me!

December 2015
Enjoy your staff - makes coming in for embarrassing concerns easier.

December 2015
I fill out forms she did not read & didn´t check my former dr. at Overlake.

December 2015
Dr. Kobashi is a lifesaver & an amazing down to earth lady, which carries over to her stellar staff!

August 2015
I questioned whether she really understood my concerns.

August 2015
Always a great experience.

August 2015
I really APPRECIATED the follow-up appt!! Just to see how I was doing wish more providers checked in after initial appts. like Dr. Kobashi. #6. (I appreciated the follow-up.) #9, 10. VERY PLEASED.

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Areas(s) of Expertise

Urinary incontinence (urethral injections, slings), pelvic organ prolapse (vaginal, abdominal and robotic repairs), overactive bladder (Botox®, implantation of sacral nerve stimulator), pelvic floor reconstruction (fistula repairs, urethral diverticulum), neurogenic bladder, urinary obstruction

Special Interest(s)
Urinary incontinence (male and female), female urology, voiding dysfunction and pelvic floor reconstruction

Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, 1992

Urology, University of California, Irvine, 1998

Urology, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Orange, 1998

On Patients
"I believe in thoroughly educating my patients about their condition so that together we can make the best decisions possible regarding their care."

On Specialty
"Millions of Americans suffer from urinary incontinence or other voiding dysfunctions. In the vast majority of cases, successful treatment is possible. Patients must be informed that excellent therapeutic options are available."

On Virginia Mason
"I am proud to be part of the Virginia Mason team, which fosters excellence in patient care and constantly strives to provide outstanding medical education for the betterment of our community."

Professional Activities and Awards

Section Head, Urology and Renal Transplantation
Residency Director, Urology
Pelvic Medicine, Urogynecology, and Reconstructive Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1999
Clinical Fellowship in Pelvic Floor Medicine
Co-director, Continence Center President, Washington State Urology Society, 2008-2010
Executive Board, Society for Female Urology and Urodynamics, 2008-present
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Washington Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by Seattle Met magazine in 2009 and 2010

Curriculum Vitae
Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, FACS, FPMRS - Curriculum Vitae

Recent Journal Articles and Abstracts

  • Pelvic prolapse.
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Erosion of woven polyester pubovaginal sling.
  • Undiagnosed urethral carcinoma: An unusual cause of female urinary retention
  • A new technique for cystocele repair and transvaginal sling: the cadaveric prolapse repair and sling (CAPS).
  • Links to Other Sites

  • National Association for Continence
  • Urinary Incontinence in Females
  • Senior Health and Urinary Incontinence
  • American Foundation for Urologic Disease