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

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

Specialties and Expertise

Critical care medicine, Hernia, Surgery, Traumatology




Primary Location

General Surgery Clinic at Harborview

410 9th Ave., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


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 and the School of Nursing, leveraging mobile health (mHealth) solutions to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of surgical site infections. This fall, their patient-centered mHealth app “mPOWEr” was launched in the Center for Reconstructive Surgery at UW Medical Center, thanks to an award from the UW Patient Safety Innovation Program. To learn more about mPOWEr, visit http://mpowercare.org. Dr. Evans’ work has been featured on National Public Radio, 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 primarily based at Harborview, but also serves as one of two surgical critical care intensivists in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UW Medical Center.

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.

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.

Scope of Care

Endocrine surgery, including thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal operations. General surgery, including minimally invasive inguinal hernia repair, acute care surgery, trauma surgery and surgical critical care.

Research Interests

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


Univ. of Virginia-School of MedicineMaster2004
Univ. of Rochester SOMMedical education1999


Board Certifications

American Board of SurgerySurgical Critical Care2008
American Board of SurgeryGeneral Surgery2007
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