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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


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 NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012Seattle Magazine 2012
U.S. News Top DoctorU.S. News and World Report 2012
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians"Consumer's Research Council of America 2009


Posterior fossa tumors and their impact on sleep and ventilatory control: a clinical perspective.
Respiratory physiology & neurobiology , 2013 Nov 1: 189(2)261-71
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
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
Sleep Disturbances
Bermans Pediatric Decision Making , 2011: Fifth Edition530-536
Sleep-disordered breathing in children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
Pediatric pulmonology , 2010 May: 45(5)469-74
Model-based assessment of cardiovascular autonomic control in children with obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep , 2009 Jul: 32(7)927-38
A retrospective look at relationships amoung sleep variables and body mass index in children and adolescents
Sleep , 2009: 32 (abstract supplement): A105
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 Jul: 591-2
Supine sleeping position does not cause clinical aspiration in neonates in hospital newborn nurseries.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2007 May: 507-10
Alcohol use in congenital central hypoventilation syndrome.
Pediatric pulmonology , 2006 Mar: 283-5
Congenital syndromes affecting respiratory control during sleep
Sleep: a Comprehensive Handbook , 2006: Chapter 66, pp517-527
Diaphragm pacers as a treatment for congenital central hypoventilation syndrome.
Expert review of medical devices , 2005 Sep: 577-85
Disordered respiratory control in children with partial cerebellar resections.
Pediatric pulmonology , 2005 Jul: 88-91
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
Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome: not just another rare disorder.
Paediatric respiratory reviews , 2004 Sep: 182-9


Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Sleep in Children with Special Needs. Initiative for Individuals and Intellectual and Development Issues, Keynote addressSeattle Pacific UniversitySeattle, WashingtonNov. 2012
Sleep in Infants and Children with Prenatal Alcohol ExposureNational Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Northwest Regional ConferenceEverett, WashingtonNov. 2011
Sequelae of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep AIdaho Sleep Disorders Association Annual ConferenceBoise, IdahoOct. 2011
Other Conditions associated with CCHSCongenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome Family Network ConferenceSan Diego, CaliforniaJuly 2011
Research Needs for the problems of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: a WorkshopFASD and Sleep Consensus ConferenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada 2011
Pediatric Sleep Disorders: The Basics and the Role of ObesityMontana State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics State Annual ConferenceYellowstone, MontanaSept. 2011
Behavioral" Sleep ProblemsMontana State Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics State Annual ConferenceYellowstone, MontanaSept. 2011
Prader Willi SyndromeENDORAMA (Endocrinology Regional Grand RoundsSeattle, WashingtonNov. 2010
Sleep, Temperament, and Arousal Regulation in Infants with Prenatal Alcohol ExposurePediatric Grand RoundsSeattle Childrens Hospital, Seattle WashingtonOct. 2010
Pediatric Sleep Disordered BreathingNorth Pacific Pediatric Society ConferenceSeattle, WashingtonMarch 2010
Common problems in managing children with sleep abnormalities: case-based discussionPractical PediatricsSeattle, WashingtonFeb. 2010
When snoring and sleep apnea intersect: clues and responses for diagnosis and managementPractical PediatricsSeattle, WashingtonFeb. 2010
Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing: Behavioral and Cognitive SequelaeSeattle Childrens Hospital and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Craniofacial Collaborative WorkshopSeattle, WashingtonSept. 2010
Sleep disordered breathing in the obese child2nd annual Nutrition SymposiumSeattle, WashingtonOct. 2009
Pediatric Sleep and its disordersWWAMI Visiting Professor LecturePort Angeles, WashingtonSept. 2009
Pediatric Sleep 101National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Annual Washington State ConferenceShoreline, WashingtonMarch 2008

Research Funding

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

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OC.7.720 - Pulmonary
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Additional Offices

Seattle Children's at Overlake
1135 116th Ave NE Suite 400
Bellevue , WA 98004

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