Kelly N Evans, MD

Kelly N Evans, MD

Craniofacial Center

On staff since July 2007

Academic Title: Associate 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.

    • Related Pages

    • Evans Lab

      The Kelly Evans lab investigates sleep and breathing in children born with craniofacial conditions, with the goal of improving outcomes in patients with conditions affecting the airway’s function.

    • Thornton Eagle River Alaska 01.10.18

      Dr. Evans is an absolutely exquisite doctor. She has the warmest and most sincere bedside manner of any medical professional that our family has ever encountered. Her clinical knowledge is phenomenal and she works tirelessly to guarantee the patient and family are provided the highest caliber care available. Dr. Evans’ full-spectrum perspective of specialty care and education has been the cornerstone of our family’s lengthy intensive care experience. Her personality resounds throughout the community as ‘Miss America of Doctors’ and we wholeheartedly agree with that reputation. Even beyond being the world’s most incredible person...she’s just an amazing pediatrician and dives fervently into learning a child’s intricacies.

    • Elaina Wenatchee, WA 11.10.17

      Dr. Evans has been with us throughout my daughters journey which started at just 2mo old. Which to say the least has been difficult everytime i thought something wasn't right she was there with us to listen and make sure my daughter got the right treatment. I sincerely can not thank her enough she has gone above and beyond for me and my family numerous times. Dr. Evans has really become part of our family as we continue both of my daughters' journey!

    • 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!!!

    • 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!!!

    • 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.

  • 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
    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
    Jeanette Wilkins, MD, Memorial Award Recipient USC Keck School of Medicine 2004
    Alpha Omega Alpha USC Keck School of Medicine 2003
    Dean's Scholar USC Keck School of Medicine 2001 - 2003
  • Other Publications

    • Lee VS, Evans KN, Perez FA, Oron AP, Perkins JA
      Upper Airway Computed Tomography Measures and Receipt of Tracheotomy in Infants With Robin Sequence.
      27254152 JAMA otolaryngology-- head and neck surgery, 2016 June 2
    • Wu J, Heike C, Birgfeld C, Evans K, Maga M, Morrison C, Saltzman B, Shapiro L, Tse R
      Measuring Symmetry in Children With Unrepaired Cleft Lip: Defining a Standard for the Three-Dimensional Mid-facial Reference Plane.
      26752127 The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, 2016 Jan. 11
    • 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
    • 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, 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

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


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Keck School of Medicine at USC, Los Angeles, CA


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA