Kelly N. Evans, MD

Kelly N. Evans, MD

Craniofacial, Pediatrics-Inpatient

On staff since July 2007

Academic Title: Acting Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"As a resident here at UW/ Seattle Children's, I was fortunate that my training was rooted in a culture of excellence. As a fellow in Craniofacial medicine, I quickly realized that caring for individuals with uncommon and sometimes complex conditions affords an important opportunity to partner with a team and develop our definitions of excellence. Surrounded by a community of passionate providers and researchers, I strive to answer questions that will ultimately translate into improved care for my patients. And I am inspired, each day, to work among a team of colleagues, patients and families aligned towards a common goal."

Kelly Evans, MD is an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and an acting assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her clinical fellowship in Craniofacial Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital in 2012.

Dr. Evans's research investigates sleep and breathing in children born with craniofacial conditions, with the goal of improving outcomes in patients with conditions that affect airway function. Her current research focuses on children born with micrognathia, glossoptosis and cleft palate, also known as Robin sequence (RS). Her goals include improving the understanding of the RS phenotype, or physical characteristics, identifying risk factors that will be helpful in predicting which children with this condition will have more sleep and breathing problems, and developing tools to guide efficient, safe and high-quality care for children with RS. She is currently also working towards a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. She has long enjoyed working with and teaching medical students and residents.


  • Rajsekhar Kirkland, WA 08.29.14

    We met Dr. Evans for our 6 month old daughter, regarding plagiocephaly. She was great! she explained the condition to us clearly, enquired about her medical history and explained the options in front of us, clearly. We decided to go with the cranial band therapy, and after a few months her plagiocephaly is almost completely gone. Thank You!!!

  • Heather Seattle, WA 01.25.12

    I cannot recommend Dr. Evans enough. She has such a positive attitude and has provided thoughtful, thorough and researched care for our very young son (infant) with craniosynostosis. Carefully she has listened to us and answered all our questions with compassion. Her bedside manner is wonderful as she has always been respectful of our time, opinions and feelings. Appointments at Children's can be scary but I honestly look forward to seeing our team there and I am extremely thankful that Dr. Evans is part of it. She is a wonderful fit for our family. Thank you Dr. Evans!

  • Maggie Olympia, WA 08.02.11

    Dr. Evans is an amazing doctor who has given our daughter the best of care! Her caring ways and superior knowledge make all the difference when dealing with a child's medical needs. Thank you Dr. Evans for being a strength to us and our daughter.

  • Esa Auburn WA 03.31.12

    Dr. Evans is such a GREAT Dr she has been there to follow the care of my son before he was even born. He is now 2 I can never imagine getting through this journey without her she has cared for my son as if it were her own child. Thanks SO MUCH DR.EVANS!! You are SO AWSOME!!!


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Keck School of Medicine at USC, Los Angeles


Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle


Craniofacial Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

About My Work

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
2014 - 2016
Fellow Scholarship Recipient David Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis 2010
Corkery Fellowship Travel Grant Award Recipient Seattle Children's Hospital 2009
Outstanding Resident Teacher- Medical Student Teaching Award University of Washington School of Medicine 2007
Resident Scholarship, American College of Rheumatology National Conference ACR, Washington, D.C. 2006
Graduate with Highest Distinction USC Keck School of Medicine 2004
Jeanette Wilkins, MD, Memorial Award Recipient USC Keck School of Medicine 2004
American Medical Womens Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation Recipient USC Keck School of Medicine 2004
Scholarship to Attend Pediatrics in Yosemite Conference Childrens Hospital Central California 2004
Alpha Omega Alpha USC Keck School of Medicine 2003
Dean's Scholar USC Keck School of Medicine 2001 - 2003


  • Luquetti DV, Saltzman BS, Sie KC, Birgfeld CB, Leroux BG, Evans KN, Smartt JM Jr, Tieu DD, Dudley DJ, Heike CL
    Interrater reliability of a phenotypic assessment tool for the ear morphology in microtia.
    23616389 American journal of medical genetics. Part A , 2013 June : 161A(6)1264-72 PMCID: PMC3664118
  • Evans KN, Gruss JS, Khanna PC, Cunningham ML, Cox TC, Hing AV
    Oculoauriculofrontonasal syndrome: case series revealing new bony nasal anomalies in an old syndrome.
    23637006 American journal of medical genetics. Part A , 2013 June : 161A(6)1345-53
  • Evans KN, Sie KC, Hopper RA, Glass RP, Hing AV, Cunningham ML
    Robin sequence: from diagnosis to development of an effective management plan.
    21464188 Pediatrics , 2011 May : 127(5)936-48 PMCID: PMC3387866

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Sleep and Ecological Factors in Infants with Craniofacial Conditions SCH Clinical Research Scholars Program $50,000 2014 - 2016