Evans, Kelly (United States)

Kelly N. Evans, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Craniofacial Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. As a pediatrician in the Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center, she cares for children with craniofacial differences, both in the clinic and supervising an inpatient medical service, striving to deliver well-coordinated, holistic, longitudinal care. Dr. Evans’s experience treating children with craniofacial anomalies and airway compromise combined with her motivation to improve outcomes in a vulnerable population are the basis of her research focus. Currently, there is little evidence on which to base treatment choices for infants with RS. Impressed with the disproportionate risk of sleep problems in RS paired with gaps in our knowledge regarding sleep-related outcomes, her work has focused on improving our assessments and understanding of sleep, phenotype, airway function, development and caregiver experience among infants with Robin sequence. As collaborative international teams develop consensus on the data elements needed to characterize outcomes for RS, patient and caregiver involvement are essential. Dr. Evans co-authored the consensus guidelines following the 1st International Robin sequence Consensus Meeting, Co-Directed the 2nd Meeting, and she continues to be dedicated to advancing care and outcomes for children with RS through collaborative work.