Maida Lynn Chen, MD

Maida Lynn Chen, MD


  • Children's Title: Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center
  • Academic Title: Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Oral Health Sciences
  • Research Center: Center for Respiratory Biology and Therapeutics
  • On Staff Since: August 2005
  • Biography

    Maida Lynn Chen, MD, is the medical director of the Pediatric Sleep Center, attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital, and a 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. Luke's Medical Center. She completed her pediatric pulmonary fellowship at Children's 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)

    Sleep Medicine
    Pediatric Pulmonology


    Northwestern University, Chicago, IL


    Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center-Chicag, Chicago, IL


    Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

    Clinical Interests

    Research Description

    I believe that getting regular, refreshing sleep is a key element of a child reaching their 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

    Chronic Conditions / Special Health Care Needs, Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

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