Maida Lynn Chen, MD

Maida Lynn Chen, MD

Pulmonary, Sleep Medicine

On staff since August 2005

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

  • 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.

  • Patient Testimonials

  • Awards and Honors

    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
    Seattles Top Doctor 2016 Seattle Met Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2016 Seattle Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012
    U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
  • Publications

    Book Chapters

    • Narang I, Chen ML
      Complex sleep and hypoventilation disorders in children
      In Kendig’s Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children. 10th edition, 2023
    • Chen ML, Garrison M
      Technology and Sleep
      Hoopes and Moreno, eds. Technology and Adolescent Health: in schools and beyond. , 2020

    Other Publications

    • Slattery SM, Perez IA, Ceccherini I, Chen ML, Kurek KC, Yap KL, Keens TG, Khaytin I, Ballard HA, Sokol EA, Mittal A, Rand CM, Weese-Mayer DE
      Transitional care and clinical management of adolescents, young adults, and suspected new adult patients with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome.
      36403185 Clinical autonomic research : official journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society, 2023 June : 33(3)231-249
    • Ersu R, Chen ML, Ehsan Z, Ishman SL, Redline S, Narang I
      Rapid maxillary expansion in paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea - Authors' reply.
      37080226 The Lancet. Respiratory medicine, 2023 May : 11(5)e46
    • Ju Wang JD, Doherty D, Ramirez JM, Chen M
      Central sleep apnea in patients with pontine tegmental cap dysplasia treated with supplemental oxygen: a case report.
      36708265 Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2023 Apr 1 : 19(4)843-849 PMCID:PMC10071390
    • Ersu R, Chen ML, Ehsan Z, Ishman SL, Redline S, Narang I
      Persistent obstructive sleep apnoea in children: treatment options and management considerations.
      36162413 The Lancet. Respiratory medicine, 2023 March : 11(3)283-296
    • Ju Wang JD, Chen M, Zhang C, Parker J, Saneto R, Ramirez JM
      Sleep and Breathing Disturbances in Children With Leigh Syndrome: A Comparative Study.
      36137349 Pediatric neurology, 2022 Nov. : 13656-63 PMCID:PMC10243794
    • Simakajornboon N, Mignot E, Maski K, Owens J, Rosen C, Ibrahim S, Hassan F, Chervin RD, Perry G, Brooks L, Kheirandish-Gozal L, Gozal D, Mason T, Robinson A, Malow B, Naqvi K, Chen ML, Jambhekar S, Halbower A, Graw-Panzer K, Dayyat E, Lew J, Melendres C, Kotagal S, Jain S, Super E, Dye T, Hossain MM, Tadesse D
      Increased incidence of pediatric narcolepsy following the 2009 H1N1 pandemic: a report from the pediatric working group of the sleep research network.
      35695235 Sleep, 2022 Sep 8 : 45(9)
    • Welbel RZ, Rand CM, Zhou A, Fadl-Alla A, Chen ML, Weese-Mayer DE, Zelko FA
      Neurocognitive monitoring in congenital central hypoventilation syndrome with the NIH Toolbox®.
      35574731 Pediatric pulmonology, 2022 Sept. : 57(9)2040-2047 PMCID:PMC9541049
    • Omura J, Chen M, Haviland M, Apkon S
      Respiratory outcomes in children with congenital myotonic dystrophy.
      34806628 Journal of pediatric rehabilitation medicine, 2022 : 15(2)275-279
    • Owens J, Katwa U, Sheldon S, Chen M, Zhou E, Hopkins B, Palomo R, Moore M
      Uncharted territory: challenges and opportunities in pediatric sleep medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond part I: clinical services and teaching and training issues.
      34253463 Sleep medicine, 2021 Dec. : 88285-287 PMCID:PMC8214313
    • Katwa U, Owens J, Sheldon S, Chen M, Zhou E, Hopkins B, Palomo R, Moore M
      Uncharted territory: challenges and opportunities in pediatric sleep medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond part II: the sleep laboratory.
      34257017 Sleep medicine, 2021 Dec. : 88282-284 PMCID:PMC8215875
    • Wenger TL, Perkins J, Parish-Morris J, Hing AV, Chen ML, Cielo CM, Li D, Bhoj EJ, Hakonarson H, Zackai E, McDonald-McGinn DM, Taylor JA, Jackson O, Sie K, Bly R, Dahl J, Evans KN
      Cleft palate morphology, genetic etiology, and risk of mortality in infants with Robin sequence.
      34291880 American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 2021 Dec. : 185(12)3694-3700
    • DelRosso LM, Mogavero MP, Ferri R, Bruni O, Chen ML
      Update and Progress in Pediatric Sleep Disorders.
      34450124 The Journal of pediatrics, 2021 Dec. : 23916-23
    • DelRosso LM, Ferri R, Chen ML, Kapoor V, Allen RP, Mogavero MP, Picchietti DL
      Clinical efficacy and safety of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose treatment of pediatric restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder.
      34562823 Sleep medicine, 2021 Nov. : 87114-118
    • Urbano GL, Tablizo BJ, Moufarrej Y, Tablizo MA, Chen ML, Witmans M
      The Link between Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
      34572256 Children (Basel, Switzerland), 2021 Sep 19 : 8(9) PMCID:PMC8470037
    • Powell WT, MacKintosh EW, Del Rosso L, Chen ML
      Positional Central Sleep Apnea in a Child with Cervical Instability.
      33617755 American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 2021 Jun 1 : 203(11)e35-e36
    • Filipek N, Kirkham E, Chen M, Ma CC, Horn DL, Johnson KE, Parikh SR
      Drug-induced sleep endoscopy directed surgery improves polysomnography measures in overweight and obese children with obstructive sleep apnea.
      33372808 Acta oto-laryngologica, 2021 April : 141(4)397-402
    • Powell WT, Chen M, Kraft D, Albers E
      Sleep-disordered breathing in pediatric heart transplant recipients.
      33105526 Pediatric transplantation, 2021 March : 25(2)e13888
    • MacKintosh EW, Chen ML, Wenger T, Carlin K, Young L
      Risk Factors and Inadequacy of Screening for Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children with Marfan Syndrome.
      33394117 Pediatric cardiology, 2021 March : 42(3)510-516
    • MacKintosh EW, Chen ML, Benditt JO
      Lifetime Care of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
      33131659 Sleep medicine clinics, 2020 Dec. : 15(4)485-495 PMCID:PMC7534837
    • Kirkham E, Ma CC, Filipek N, Horn DL, Johnson K, Chen ML, Parikh SR
      Polysomnography outcomes of sleep endoscopy-directed intervention in surgically naïve children at risk for persistent obstructive sleep apnea.
      31919717 Sleep & breathing = Schlaf & Atmung, 2020 Sept. : 24(3)1143-1150
    • Sonney JT, Thompson HJ, Landis CA, Pike KC, Chen ML, Garrison MM, Ward TM
      Sleep intervention for children with asthma and their parents (SKIP Study): a novel web-based shared management pilot study.
      32056537 Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2020 Jun 15 : 16(6)925-936 PMCID:PMC7849662
    • Delrosso LM, Lockhart C, Wrede JE, Chen ML, Samson M, Reed J, Martin-Washo S, Arp M, Ferri R
      Comorbidities in children with elevated periodic limb movement index during sleep.
      31555831 Sleep, 2020 Feb 13 : 43(2)
    • Bachmann-Gagescu R, Dempsey JC, Bulgheroni S, Chen ML, D'Arrigo S, Glass IA, Heller T, Héon E, Hildebrandt F, Joshi N, Knutzen D, Kroes HY, Mack SH, Nuovo S, Parisi MA, Snow J, Summers AC, Symons JM, Zein WM, Boltshauser E, Sayer JA, Gunay-Aygun M, Valente EM, Doherty D
      Healthcare recommendations for Joubert syndrome.
      31710777 American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 2020 Jan. : 182(1)229-249 PMCID:PMC7679947
  • Presentations

    Presentation Title Event Location Date
    AAP Symposium AAP NCE Washington DC Oct. 2023
    CCHS: What every (adult) sleep specialist needs to know Associated Professional Sleep Societies International Conference, Meet the Professors Session Indianapolis, IN June 2023
    Updates on Infant Sleep Guest Lecture, Barnard Center for Infant Development Virtual March 2023
    Updates on Pediatric Sleep Practical Pediatrics Seattle, WA Jan. 2023
    Common Pediatric Sleep Disorders Practical Pediatrics Seattle, WA Jan. 2023
    Ventilatory Modalities in CCHS Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome Network International Conference Virtual Sept. 2022
    General Ambulatory Management Strategies in CCHS Associated Professional Sleep Societies International Conference Charlotte, NC June 2022
    Sleep and Resiliency Seattle Children’s Nursing Resiliency Conference Seattle, WA May 2022
    Pediatric Insomnia Across the Ages North Pacific Pediatric Society Scientific Conference Leavenworth, WA Oct. 2021
    Pediatric Sleep Disorders Seattle Children’s Outreach CME Conference Seattle, WA Sept. 2021
    Improving Faculty Sleep Habits Neonatology Regional Faculty Education Conference Seattle, WA Aug. 2021
    Neonatal Sleep Studies Neonatology Regional Faculty Education Conference Seattle, WA July 2021
    Sleep and Burnout Seattle Children’s Nursing Resiliency Conference Seattle, WA May 2021
    Establishing a Pediatric Sleep Program: Training and Teaching Issues International Pediatric Sleep Association Virtual Feb. 2021
    Adolescent Sleep: Challenges and Opportunities Common Issues in Adolescent Medicine for Primary Care Providers Conference Seattle, WA Jan. 2021
    Adolescent Sleep Problems University of Washington School of Nursing Ambulatory Care Conference Seattle, WA April 2020
    Infant Polysomnography American Thoracic Society Journal Club Virtual March 2020
    Pediatric Sleep Laboratories and COVID-19 Pandemic American Thoracic Society Podcast Virtual 2020
    Pediatric Sleep Medicine during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond: Training and Teaching International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress Virtual Feb. 2020


Board Certification(s)

Sleep Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonology

Medical/Professional School

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