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

  • 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.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Seattles Top Doctor 2016 Seattle Met Magazine 2016
    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
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • 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
    • 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

    Other Publications

    • 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
    • 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


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