Yemiserach Kifle, MD

Yemiserach Kifle, MD

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Craniofacial

On staff since April 2001

Children's Title: Associate Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center

Academic Title: Clinical Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Developmental Therapeutics

Yemiserach Kifle, MD, is Associate Medical Director of the Pediatric Sleep Center at Seattle Childrens Hospital and clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also associate director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Leadership Training Center. Her work focuses on diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with sleep apnea. Her research interest is in looking at cognitive function of children with sleep apnea before and after treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Her other area of interest is the prevalence of sleep disturbance in children with autism.


  • Heidi Meridian,ID 10.17.15

    Dr. Kifle is a compassionate and caring physician. My son has a complex history, and in the many years we worked with her before he recently aged out of pediatrics she treated him with respect, consideration, and care to make sure that he received excellent care. She also treated me as an equal when it came to caring for him, as his parent I am a member of the team that works with the physicians to make sure that his needs are covered. She listens well, and I could not be more pleased with the care my son received.


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Pulmonology
Sleep Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa


Pediatrics, Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn


Pediatric Pulmonology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville

Research Focus Area

Translational Research

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
Nomination of the 2012 Family Choice Award Seattle Childrens Hospital 2012
Crystal Apple Teaching Award Pulmonary Division, University of Florida 1996
Clinical Fellowship Training Award American Lung Association 1992 - 1995


  • 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 LeFort III Distraction Advancement
    Plastic Reconstr Surg , 2011 : 127(4)1612-9
  • Striegl A, Chen ML, Kifle Y, Song K, Redding G
    Sleep-disordered breathing in children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
    20425854 Pediatric pulmonology , 2010 May : 469-74
  • Cloonan YK, Kifle Y, Davis S, Speltz ML, Werler MM, Starr JR
    Sleep outcomes in children with hemifacial microsomia and controls: a follow-up study.
    19651569 Pediatrics , 2009 Aug. : e313-21
  • Hsieh T, Chen M, McAfee A, Kifle Y
    Sleep-related breathing disorder in children with vagal nerve stimulators.
    18206790 Pediatric neurology , 2008 Feb. : 99-103
  • Hendeles L, Marshik PL, Ahrens R, Kifle Y, Shuster J
    Response to nonprescription epinephrine inhaler during nocturnal asthma.
    16400891 Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology , 2005 Dec. : 530-4
  • Hendeles L, Marshik P, Ahrens R, Kifle Y, and Shuster J
    Response to nonprescription epinephrine inhaler during nocturnal asthma.
    Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol , 2005 : 95530-4
  • Davenport P, Kifle Y
    Inspiratory Resistive Load Detection in Children with Life-threatening Asthma
    Pediatr Pulmonol , 2001 : 3244-48
  • Davenport PW, Cruz M, Stecenko A, Kifle Y
    Respiratory related evoked potential in children with life-threatening asthma
    Am J Respir Crit Care Med , 2000 : 161(6)1830-5
  • Kifle Y, Seng V, Davenport P
    Magnitude estimation of inspiratory resistive loads in children with life-threatening asthma.
    Am J Respir Crit Care Med , 1997 : 156(5)1530-5
  • Kifle Y, Monnier J, Chesrown SE, Raizada MK, Nick HS
    Regulation of the manganese superoxide dismutase and inducible nitric oxide synthase gene in rat neuronal and glial cells
    J Neurochem , 1996 : 662128-35


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Behavioral Insomnia of Childhood Kindering Jan. 22, 2014
Restless leg Syndrome (Willis Ebkom Disease) July 23, 2013
Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea University of Washington Sleep Disorders Center Nov. 2012
The Importance of Getting more ZZZZ's: Sleep Disorders in Teens Adolescent Health Care Conference Seattle, WA May 15, 2010

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Foramen Magnum Stenosis in Achondroplasia: The Value of Screening by Polysomnography