Maida Lynn Chen, MD

Maida Lynn Chen, MD

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Craniofacial, Cystic Fibrosis Research

On staff since August 2005

Children's Title: Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Maida Lynn Chen, MD, is director of the Pediatric Sleep Center and attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She earned her MD at Northwestern University and completed a pediatrics residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center. She completed her pediatric pulmonary fellowship at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, with special focus on respiratory control and sleep medicine.

Her clinical interests center on sleep disorders in infants, children and adolescents. Her research interests focus on respiratory control disorders and sleep-disordered breathing in special-needs populations, including those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, obesity and craniofacial anomalies. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Thoracic Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society.


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Pulmonology
Sleep Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago


Pediatrics, Rush Presbyterian - St Luke's Medical Center, Chicago


Pediatric Pulmonology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles - Pediatric Residency, Los Angeles

Clinical Interests

Respiratory control; sleep disordered breathing

Research Description

I believe that getting regular, refreshing sleep is a key element of a child reaching his/her maximal developmental potential. Thus, my research focuses on sleep disorders in children with special needs, particularly those with prenatal alcohol exposure, craniofacial abnormalities, and obesity. I hope to help develop better diagnostic methods and ultimately better treatment for their sleep disorders, which cause a great deal of stress and disruption in their lives. I also have research interests in disorders of central respiratory control, such as children with congentital central hypoventilation syndrome.

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment, Chronic Conditions / Special Health Care Needs

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012


  • Lee A, Chen ML, Abeshaus S, Poliakov A, Ojemann JG
    Posterior fossa tumors and their impact on sleep and ventilatory control: a clinical perspective.
    Respiratory physiology & neurobiology , 2013 Nov. 1 : 189(2)261-71
  • Chen ML, Olson HC, Picciano JF, Starr JR, Owens J
    Sleep problems in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
    Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine , 2012 Aug. 15 : 8(4)421-9
  • Ettinger RE, Hopper RA, Sandercoe G, Kifle Y, Saltzman B, Chen M, Perkins J
    Quantitative computed tomographic scan and polysomnographic analysis of patients with syndromic midface hypoplasia before and after Le Fort III distraction advancement.
    Plastic and reconstructive surgery , 2011 Apr, : 127(4)1612-9
  • Maida Lynn Chen, MD
    Sleep Disturbances
    Bermans Pediatric Decision Making , 2011 : Fifth Edition530-536
  • Striegl A, Chen ML, Kifle Y, Song K, Redding G
    Sleep-disordered breathing in children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
    Pediatric pulmonology , 2010 May : 45(5)469-74
  • Chaicharn J, Lin Z, Chen ML, Ward SL, Keens T, Khoo MC
    Model-based assessment of cardiovascular autonomic control in children with obstructive sleep apnea.
    Sleep , 2009 July : 32(7)927-38
  • Maida Lynn Chen, MD
    A retrospective look at relationships amoung sleep variables and body mass index in children and adolescents
    Sleep , 2009 : 32 (abstract supplement): A105
  • Striegl AM, Chen ML
    Response to Clinical Corners in Sleep Medicine: "Management of obstructive sleep apnea in patients with congenital heart disease and Fontan procedures" (Sleep Med 2007;8:537-8).
    Sleep medicine , 2008 July : 591-2
  • Tablizo MA, Jacinto P, Parsley D, Chen ML, Ramanathan R, Keens TG
    Supine sleeping position does not cause clinical aspiration in neonates in hospital newborn nurseries.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2007 May : 507-10
  • Chen ML, Turkel SB, Jacobson JR, Keens TG
    Alcohol use in congenital central hypoventilation syndrome.
    Pediatric pulmonology , 2006 Mar. : 283-5
  • Maida Lynn Chen, MD
    Congenital syndromes affecting respiratory control during sleep
    Sleep: a Comprehensive Handbook , 2006 : Chapter 66, pp517-527
  • Chen ML, Tablizo MA, Kun S, Keens TG
    Diaphragm pacers as a treatment for congenital central hypoventilation syndrome.
    Expert review of medical devices , 2005 Sept. : 577-85
  • Chen ML, Witmans MB, Tablizo MA, Jubran RF, Turkel SB, Tavaré CJ, Keens TG
    Disordered respiratory control in children with partial cerebellar resections.
    Pediatric pulmonology , 2005 July : 88-91
  • Lynn Chen M, Davidson Ward SL, Keens T, Lin Z, K Khoo M
    Cardio-respiratory Uncoupling in Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome.
    Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference , 2005 : 4412-5
  • Chen ML, Keens TG
    Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome: not just another rare disorder.
    Paediatric respiratory reviews , 2004 Sept. : 182-9


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Sleep in Children with Special Needs. Initiative for Individuals and Intellectual and Development Issues, Keynote address Seattle Pacific University Seattle, Washington Nov. 2012
Sleep in Infants and Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Northwest Regional Conference Everett, Washington Nov. 2011
Sequelae of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep A Idaho Sleep Disorders Association Annual Conference Boise, Idaho Oct. 2011
Behavioral" Sleep Problems Montana State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics State Annual Conference Yellowstone, Montana Sept. 2011
Pediatric Sleep Disorders: The Basics and the Role of Obesity Montana State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics State Annual Conference Yellowstone, Montana Sept. 2011
Other Conditions associated with CCHS Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome Family Network Conference San Diego, California July 2011
Research Needs for the problems of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: a Workshop FASD and Sleep Consensus Conference Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 2011
Prader Willi Syndrome ENDORAMA (Endocrinology Regional Grand Rounds Seattle, Washington Nov. 2010
Sleep, Temperament, and Arousal Regulation in Infants with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Pediatric Grand Rounds Seattle Childrens Hospital, Seattle Washington Oct. 2010
Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing: Behavioral and Cognitive Sequelae Seattle Childrens Hospital and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Craniofacial Collaborative Workshop Seattle, Washington Sept. 2010
Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing North Pacific Pediatric Society Conference Seattle, Washington March 2010
When snoring and sleep apnea intersect: clues and responses for diagnosis and management Practical Pediatrics Seattle, Washington Feb. 2010
Common problems in managing children with sleep abnormalities: case-based discussion Practical Pediatrics Seattle, Washington Feb. 2010
Sleep disordered breathing in the obese child 2nd annual Nutrition Symposium Seattle, Washington Oct. 2009
Pediatric Sleep and its disorders WWAMI Visiting Professor Lecture Port Angeles, Washington Sept. 2009
Pediatric Sleep 101 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Annual Washington State Conference Shoreline, Washington March 2008

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
CPAP Adherence Factors
Sleep, Temperament, and Arousal Regulation in Infants with Prenatal Exposure CCTR
Midface and Positive Airway Pressure (MAP)
A Multicenter Retrospective with Prospective follow-Up Study of Early Onset Childhood Narcolepsy: Recent cases and Post infection (EON) Jazz