Nathan K. Evanson, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-7480



Traumatic brain injury/acquired brain injury


Traumatic brain injury

Nathan K. Evanson, MD PhD, is originally from Southern Alberta, Canada. He obtained his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and nutritional science from Brigham Young University and went on to train in the physician scientist training program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed a combined residency program in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation, then joined the Division of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s. He runs the Brain Recovery After Injury (BRAIN) clinic in the division, as well as doing basic research into recovery from traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Evanson's research interests include environmental effects on neuroplasticity and recovery from brain injury, the effects of stress on recovery from brain injury, and neuroendocrine dysregulation after traumatic brain injury.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2010.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

Residency: Pediatrics/PM&R, University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

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Evanson NK, Herman JP. Metabotropic glutamate receptor-mediated signaling dampens the HPA axis response to restraint stress. Physiol Behav. 2015.

Krause EG, de Kloet AD, Flak JN, Smeltzer MD, Solomon MB, Evanson NK, Woods SC, Sakai RR, Herman JP. Hydration state controls stress responsiveness and social behavior: Neural basis of the 'watering hole' effect. J Neurosci. 2011;31:5470-5476.

Ulrich-Lai YM, Christiansen AM, Ostrander MM, Jones AA, Jones KR, Choi DC, Krause EG, Evanson NK, Furay AR, Davis JF, Solomon MB, de Kloet AD, Tamashiro KL, Sakai RR, Seeley RJ, Woods SC, Herman JP. Pleasurable behaviors reduce stress via brain reward pathways. Proc. Natl Acad Sci USA. 2011;107:20529-20534.

Evanson NK, Tasker JG, Hill MN, Hillard CJ, Herman JP. Fast feedback inhibition of the HPA axis by glucocorticoids is mediated by endocannabinoid signaling. Endocrinology. 2010;151:4811-4819.

Evanson NK, Herman JP, Sakai RR, Krause EG. Nongenomic Actions of Adrenal Steroids in the Central Nervous System. J Neuroendocrinol. 2010;20:846-861.

Evanson NK, Van Hooren DC, Herman JP. GluR5-mediated glutamate signaling regulates hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical stress responses at the paraventricular nucleus and median eminence. Psychoneuroenocrinology. 2009;34:1370-1379.

Choi DC, Furay AR, Evanson NK, Ostrander MM, Ulrich-Lai YM, Herman JP. The posterior medial bed nucleus of the stria terminalis modulates chronic stress-induced adaptations in HPA axis responsiveness. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2008;33:659-669.

Choi DC, Evanson NK, Furay AR, Ostrander MM, Ulrich-Lai YM, Herman JP. The anteroventral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis differentially regulates HPA axis responses to acute and chronic stress. Endocrinology. 2008;149(2):818-826.

Choi DC, Furay AR, Evanson NK, Ostrander MM, Ulrich-Lai YM, Herman JP. Bed nucleus of the stria terminalis subregions differentially regulate HPA axis activity: implications for the integration of limbic inputs. J Neurosci. 2007;27:2025–2034.

Kasckow JW, Segar TM, Xiao C, Furay AR, Evanson NK, Ostrander MM, Herman JP. Stability of Neuroendocrine and Behavioral Responsiveness in Aging Fischer 344/Brown-Norway Hybrid Rats. Endocrinology. 2005:146:3105–3112.

Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (The role of environment in recovery from experimental TBI in adolescent mice). Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2015-Jun 2018. HD001097.