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Nathan K. Evanson, MD, PhD


  • Attending Physician, Division of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I believe in listening to families for their perspectives and in having them participate in making care decisions. I want to help families understand treatment options, then help them decide what approaches will work with their family situation.

About

Biography

I have always been a scientist at heart, and I entered medicine as a way to be a scientist. My interactions with patients and families during medical training awakened a love of clinical medicine that I continue with today.

I enjoy rehabilitation medicine because it is a broad specialty with many unexplored frontiers. I love working with children because they have so much life ahead of them, and I believe improvements early on will lead to long-term improvements in their lives.

As a rehabilitation doctor, I treat a spectrum of brain injuries, from complex concussions through severe debilitating brain injuries. These conditions include acquired brain injuries such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, inflammatory injuries and others.

Brain injury treatment requires a team approach, which includes patients, parents, physicians, therapists and many others. I believe in listening to families for their perspectives and in having them participate in making care decisions. I want to help families understand treatment options, then help them decide what approaches will work with their family situation.

In addition to helping patients and their families, I am also involved in research. The core problem I am trying to understand is how brain injuries impair brain metabolism, energy handling and cellular stress, and what can be done to correct these impairments.

Additional Languages

Korean

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Publications

Chronic Histological Outcomes of Indirect Traumatic Optic Neuropathy in Adolescent Mice: Persistent Degeneration and Temporally Regulated Glial Responses. Hetzer, SM; Shalosky, EM; Torrens, JN; Evanson, NK. Cells. 2021; 10.

Serum Biomarkers of Regeneration and Plasticity are Associated with Functional Outcome in Pediatric Neurocritical Illness: An Exploratory Study. Madurski, C; Jarvis, JM; Beers, SR; Houtrow, AJ; Wagner, AK; Fabio, A; Wang, C; Smith, CM; Doughty, L; Janesko-Feldman, K; et al. Neurocritical Care. 2021; 35:457-467.

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Special Considerations. EVANSON, NK; BABCOCK, L; KUROWSKI, BG; RHINE, T; TAYLOR, JM. Brain Injury Medicine. 2021.

Traumatic Optic Neuropathy Is Associated with Visual Impairment, Neurodegeneration, and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Adolescent Mice. Hetzer, SM; Guilhaume-Correa, F; Day, D; Bedolla, A; Evanson, NK. Cells. 2021; 10.

Acquired Brain Injury. Suskauer, SJ; Kurowski, BG; Slomine, BS; Evanson, NK; Yeh, N. Pediatric Rehabilitation. 2020.

Brachial plexus birth injuries and the association between pre-procedure and post-procedure pediatric outcomes data collection instrument scores and narakas classification. Eckstein, KL; Allgier, A; Evanson, NK; Paulson, A. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020; 13:47-55.

Greater neurodegeneration and behavioral deficits after single closed head traumatic brain injury in adolescent versus adult male mice. Guilhaume-Correa, F; Cansler, SM; Shalosky, EM; Goodman, MD; Evanson, NK. Journal of Neuroscience Research. 2020; 98:557-570.

Connecting endoplasmic reticulum and oxidative stress to retinal degeneration, TBI, and traumatic optic neuropathy. Cansler, SM; Evanson, NK. Journal of Neuroscience Research. 2020; 98:571-574.

Early Protocolized Versus Usual Care Rehabilitation for Pediatric Neurocritical Care Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Fink, EL; Beers, SR; Houtrow, AJ; Richichi, R; Burns, C; Doughty, L; Ortiz-Aguayo, R; Madurski, CA; Valenta, C; Chrisman, M; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 20:540-550.

PICU-Based Rehabilitation and Outcomes Assessment: A Survey of Pediatric Critical Care Physicians. Treble-Barna, A; Beers, SR; Houtrow, AJ; Ortiz-Aguayo, R; Valenta, C; Chrisman, M; Smith, CM; Duffett, M; Choong, K; Watson, RS; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 20:e274-e282.

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