Heather Leigh Evans M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

 Heather  Leigh Evans M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

Bio

Dr. Evans is a UW associate professor of surgery. In addition to her practice of trauma surgery and surgical critical care, she also focuses on the…

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Patient Care Philosophy

As a trauma and emergency general surgeon and surgical intensivist, I am deeply committed to caring for my patients and their families and helping them in a time of crisis and uncertainty. I feel so fortunate to work at Harborview Medical Center, where our incredible team lives and breathes the mission of caring every day.

I also truly enjoy my work as a general surgeon, giving patients at Harborview the option of a minimally invasive surgical approach for a host of conditions and working together with UW endocrinologists to provide personalized and integrated treatment for patients who face challenging problems with diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.

Personal Interests

Bicycling, singing, piano, knitting and family.

Clinical Interests

Minimally invasive hernia repair; endocrine surgery including thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, adrenalectomy; trauma and emergency general surgery; surgical critical care.

Research Interests

Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of healthcare-associated infections, including surgical infections; applied clinical informatics; mHealth and wearable computing.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Univ. of VirginiaMaster2004
Univ. of Rochester SOMMedical education1999
Univ. of Virginia Medical SchoolInternship
Univ. of Virginia Medical SchoolResidency
UW - Dept. of Critical Care SurgeryFellowship

DegreeDescriptionYear
MS2004
MD1999

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of SurgerySurgical Critical Care2008
American Board of SurgeryGeneral Surgery2007
Dr. Evans is a UW associate professor of surgery. In addition to her practice of trauma surgery and surgical critical care, she also focuses on the surgical treatment of diseases of the endocrine system, and minimally invasive general surgery including laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.

With a longstanding interest in infectious disease afflicting patients after surgery, she was one of four scholars selected to the inaugural UW K12 Mentored Career Development Program in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) in 2010-2013, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Evans currently leads a multidisciplinary research team with investigators in Biomedical Health Informatics leveraging mobile health (mHealth) solutions to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of surgical site infections. Her work has recently been featured in the Seattle Times, the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, the UW Daily, as well as on iHeart radio and Al Jazeera America.

Dr. Evans earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and her M.D. from the University of Rochester. After returning to the University of Virginia for general surgery residency training, she came to UW to complete her training in surgical critical care and trauma at Harborview Medical Center, and joined the faculty immediately thereafter in 2008. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified in general surgery, with additional qualifications in surgical critical care.

She is also a fellow of the American Association of the Surgery of Trauma and a member of the executive council of the Surgical Infection Society.

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