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Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, FACS
Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD, FACS
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  • Education
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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) 223-6772

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Urology, Pelvic Prolapse, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Reconstruction, Robotic Surgery

Board Certifications
American Board of Urology

Joined VM - January 1999

Areas(s) of Expertise
Urethral injection therapy
Slings (various techniques)
Artificial urinary sphincters
Robotic pelvic floor reconstruction (repair of all types of pelvic prolapse)
Implantation of sacral nerve stimulator
Augmentation cystoplasty

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

Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, 1992

General Surgery, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Orange, 1993

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

Urinary Incontinence and Female Urology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1999

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, 2007 - present Director, 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 - 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
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