Sarah (Sally) Helen Evans, MD

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Sarah Helen Evans, MD, is the Division Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds the Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics.

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Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


Pediatrics - University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver CO


Pediatrics - University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, CO

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, CO


Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO

Titles and Academic Titles

Division Chief

Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics

Departments and Services




Evans, SH., Brown, M., Morozova, O., Burton, J.: Rehabilitation Robotics. Pediatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practice 5th Edition Pending 2020.


Evans, SH, Cameron, M, Burton, J, Hypertonia. : Hypertonia. Current Problems in Adolescent and Pediatric Health Care 47(7): 161-166, July 2017.

O'Berry, P, Phillips, L, Evans, SH: Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Injury. Current Problems in Adolescent and Pediatric Health Care 47(7): 151-155, July 2017.

Phillips, L., Burton, J, Evans, SH: Spina Bifida Management. Current Problems in Adolescent and Pediatric Health Care 47(7): 170-175, July 2017. 


M. McManus, MD, P. Wilson, MD, M. Green, MD, S. Evans, MD, E. Pico, MD, A. Houtrow, MD: Spina Bifida Quality Toolbox. Journal of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehab March 2015.

Simons C, Griffin LB, Helman G, Golas G, Pizzino A, Bloom M, Murphy JL, Crawford J, Evans SH, Topper S, Whitehead MT, Schreiber JM, Chapman KA, Tifft C, Lu KB, Gamper H, Shigematsu M, Taft RJ, Antonellis A, Hou YM, Vanderver A.: Loss-of-Function Alanyl-tRNA Synthetase Mutations Cause an Autosomal-Recessive Early-Onset Epileptic Encephalopathy with Persistent Myelination Defect. Am J Hum Genet 19(4): 675-81, April 2015.

Posters and Presentations


Schreiber, J., Tochen, L., Brown, M., Evans, S.H., Ball, L., Bumbut, A.,Thewamit, R., Whitehead, M., Black, C., Boutzoukas, E. Fanto, E., Suslovic, W., Berl, M., Hammer, M., Gaillard, W.: A multi-disciplinary clinic for SCN8A-related epilepsy. ScienceDirect 159, January 2020.


Monfaredi, R., Fooladi, H., Roshani, P. Kovelman, S., Salvador, T., Coley, C., Alyamani, S., Pergami, P., Cleary, K., Evans, S.H.: PEdBot: robotically assisted ankle robot and video game for children with neuromuscular disorders. SPIE Proceedings: Medical Imaging 2018: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, Modeling 10576, March 2018.

Conant, A., Curiel, J., Pizzino, A., Sabetraskh, P., Murphy, J., Bloom, M., Evans, SH., Helman, G., Taft, R., Simons, C., Whitehead, M., Moore, S., Vanderver, A.: Absence of Axoglial Paranodal Junctions in a Child with CNTNAP1 Mutations, Hypomyelination, and Arthogryposis. Journal of Child Neurology 33(10): 642-650, Sep 2018.


Vanderver A, Simons S, Helman G, Crawford J, Wolf NI, Bernard G, Pizzino A, Schmidt JL, Takanohashi A, Miller D. Khouzam RV, Ramos E, Chowdhury S, Hambuch T, Ru K, Baillie GJ, Grimmond SM, Caldovic L, Devaney J, Bloom M, Evans SH, Murphy JLP, McNeill N, Gropman AL, Rosser T, Pearl PL, Fung E, Parikh S, Cohen BH, Reggin JD, Yalcinkaya C, Shafrir Y, DiFazio M, Freilich E, Lourenco CM, Tesi-Rocha C, Fogel BL, Desai J, Amartino H, Weaver KN, Long V, Gambello MJ, Cirillo ML, Kahn I, Gill D, Gieron M, de Los Reyes E, Schiffmann R, van der Knaap Taft RJ: Whole exome sequencing in a cohort of patients with unresolved brain white matter abnormalities. Ann Neurol 79(6): 1031-7, Jun 2016.


Helman G, Caldovic L, Whitehead MT, Simons C, Bloom M, Evans SH, Bai R, Brockmann K, Edvardson S, Kurlemann G, Yalcinkaya C, Elsaid MF, Ganesh J, Moroni I, Ardissone A, Wassmer E, Rodenburg RJ, Raiman JAJ, Yavuz H, Reggin JD, Taylor JM, van Haren K, Taft RJ, Vanderver A, van der Knaap MS: MRI spectrum of SDH deficiency-related infantile leukoencephalopathy. Ann Neurol 79(3): 379-86, Dec 2015.

Awards and Honors

2013-2019, Top Doctor: Northern Virginia
2007-2019, Top Doctor: Washingtonian
2011, Heartsongs Award, Washington DC Muscular Dystrophy Association
2010, Local Host: American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 

Leadership and Memberships

1984-Present, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

1985-Present, American Academy of Pediatrics

1993-present, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine

2003-Present, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

2003-Present, Association of Academic Physiatrists