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Charlene Gamaldo, MD

Charlene Edie Gamaldo, MD
Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center
Associate Professor of Neurology

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800-937-5337

Howard County General Hospital Sleep Center

Columbia, MD

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Titles

  • Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center
  • Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Centers & Institutes

  • Howard County General Hospital Sleep Center

Expertise

Neurology, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Medicine, Snoring Disorders

Research Interests

Sleep Disorders

Biography

Dr. Charlene Gamaldo is the medical director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital. Her research interests are in the area of sleep medicine, specifically investigating the co-morbid health consequences of chronic sleep deprivation.

Dr. Gamaldo received her bachelors degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She then earned her medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and completed an internship at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. After her neurology residency at the University of North Carolina Hospital, Dr. Gamaldo became the first neurology clinical sleep research fellow at Johns Hopkins, where she served as a co-investigator on several studies evaluating the pathophysiology of restless legs syndrome (RLS).

Languages

  • English

Memberships

2002 present Member, American Academy of Neurology
2004 present Member, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
2005 present Member, World Association of Sleep Medicine

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • sleep

Additional Resources

Additional Resources +
  • Education +

    Training

    • George Washington University School of Medicine ( Washington DC ) (2000)

    Residencies

    • University of North Carolina Hospitals/Neurology ( Chapel Hill NC ) (2004)

    Fellowships

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Neurology ( Baltimore MD ) (2006)

    Certifications

    • Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2009)
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2005)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Gamaldo's research interests include studying the impact of sleep on manifestation and progression of neurological diseases.  Looking at this relationship between sleep and disease progression in HIV will serve as the foundation for future work focused on the impact of sleep loss on other aspects of neurobiological function. By conducting this research, it is serving as a model for sleep research using the efforts of a diverse group of interdisciplinary collaborators and as a result has led to ongoing and evolving research projects that now include a growing list of collaborators (Neurology, OB/Gyn, Psychiatry, Urology, School of Nursing and Public Health along with the National Institute on Aging). The results of this study are suggesting that compromised sleep quality and duration may have a significant impact on cognitive performance in HIV+ individuals. Learn more about this study.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Pearson VE, Allen RP, Dean T, Gamaldo CE, Lesage SR, Earley CJ. Cognitive deficits associated with restless legs syndrome (RLS). Sleep Med. 2006 Jan; 7(1):25-30.


    2. Gamaldo CE, Benbrook AR, Allen RP, Scott JA, Henning WA, Earley CJ. Childhood and adult factors associated with restless legs syndrome (RLS) diagnosis. Sleep Med. 2007 Nov;8(7-8):716-22.


    3. Gamaldo CE, Benbrook AR, Allen RP, Oguntimein O, Earley CJ. A further evaluation of the cognitive deficits associated with restless legs syndrome (RLS). Sleep Med. 2007 Sep 13;


    4. Pearson VE, Gamaldo CE, Allen RP, Lesage S, Hening WA, Earley CJ. Medication use in patients with restless legs syndrome compared with a control population. Eur J Neurol. 2008 Jan; 15(1):16-21.


    5. Gamaldo CE, Benbrook AR, Allen RP, Oguntimein O, Earley CJ. Evaluating daytime alertness in individuals with restless legs syndrome (RLS) compared to sleep restricted controls. Sleep Med. 2008 Jan 26;


    6. Bolla KI, Lesage S, Gamaldo C, Neubauer D, Funderburk F, Cadet JL, David P, Verdejo-Garcia A, Benbrook A. Sleep disturbance in heavy marijuana users. Sleep. 2008 Jun 1;31(6):901-8.


    7. Gamaldo CE, Salas R. Sleep medicine education: are medical schools and residency programs napping on the job? Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2008 Jun;4(6):344-45.


    8. Gamaldo,C, Benbrook,AR, Allen,RP, Oguntimein, O, Earley, CJ. Evaluating Daytime Alertness in individuals with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) compared to sleep restricted controls. Sleep Medicine. 2009 10:134-138.


    9. Salas RE, Gamaldo CE, Allen RP, Earley CJ. Quiescegenic Nocturnal Dyskinesia: A restless legs syndrome (RLS) variant or a new syndrome? Sleep Med. 2008 Aug 13. [Epub ahead of print]


    10. Salas,RE, Allen,RP, Earley,CJ, Gamaldo,CE. A Case of Compulsive Behaviors Observed in a RLS Patient Treated with a Dopamine Agonist. Sleep, accepted for publication 2009.


    11. Salas,RE, Allen,RP, Earley,CJ, Gamaldo,CE. Drug hoarding: A case of atypical dopamine dysregulation syndrome in a RLS patient. Movement Disorders, 2009 Jan 9. [Epub ahead of print]


    12.Gamaldo,C, Benbrook,AR, Allen,RP, Oguntimein, O, Earley, CJ. Evaluating Daytime Alertness in individuals with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) compared to sleep restricted controls. Sleep Medicine. 2009 10:134-138.


    13. Bolla KI, Lesage SR, Gamaldo CE, Neubauer DN, Wang N, Funderburk FR, Allen RP, David PM, Cadet JL. Polysomnogram Changes in Marijuana Users Reporting Sleep Disturbances during Prior Abstinence. Sleep Medicine. 2010 Oct;11(9):882-9.


    14. Earley C, Kuwabara H, Wong D, Gamaldo C, Salas R, Brasic J, Ravert H, Dannals R, Allen R, The Dopamine Transporter is Decreased in the Striatum of Subjects with Restless Legs Syndrome. Sleep, 2011 Mar 1; 34(3): 341-7.

    Clinical Trials

    Find out about clinicial trials at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    2000 KANE-KING-DODEK Obstetrical Honor Society
    2003-2004 Co-chief Resident, UNC Neurology Department
    2004 AAN Resident Scholarship Award
    2008 JHU Nominee for the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award
    2011 Best in Sleep-Physician 2011, 1800cpap.com

    Professional Activities

    2006 present Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    2007 present Assistant Director, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Sleep Disorders Center

    2008 present Assistant Professor, Medicine Department, Pulmonary Division, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    2008 present Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Hospital Neurology Resident and Neurophysiology Fellow, Sleep Medicine Rotation

    2011 present Director, Neuro-Sleep Division, Johns Hopkins University

    2010 present Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center

  • Videos & Media +

    Videos

    Women and Sleep Problems

    Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. Johns Hopkins neurology sleep specialist and medical director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital explains the common problems women have with getting good quality sleep (including restless legs syndrome, insomnia and sleep apnea), why these problems sometimes occur and who is at risk, and when seeing a sleep specialist can help.

    Aging and Sleep Problems

    Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. explains how sleep patterns change as we age and how much sleep we need and should get. Techniques for improving sleep are also discussed, as well as when it's time to see a sleep specialist for treatment of a sleep disorder.

    Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

    Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. and Rachel Salas, M.D., explain obstructive sleep apnea, its diagnosis (both hospital lab sleep studies and at-home diagnosis technologies), its seriousness, who is at risk and available treatments, including sleeping with positive airway pressure masks known as C-PAP.

    Restless Legs Syndrome and Sleep - Diagnosis and Treatments

    Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. and Rachel Salas, M.D., explain restless legs syndrome, its symptoms, causes and contributing factors, over-the-counter medications that can exacerbate symptoms, and treatment option

    Common Sleep Problems

    Charlene Gamaldo, M.D. and Virginia Runko, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins behavioral sleep specialist, explain common sleep problems, like chronic insufficient sleep and insomnia, and basic things you can do to get better sleep. When it's time to see a sleep specialist for treatment of a sleep disorder is discussed

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    Speaker offers an exhaustive look at sleep, Palm Beach Daily News (01/24/2014)

    Conozca cómo tratar el insomnio sin medicamentos, Univision (11/19/2013)

    Sleep and Cognition in an HIV+ Cohort: A Multi-Method Approach, Dugdug (November 2013)

    A new study''s surprising news about how many Americans sleepwalk, Baltimore Sun (8/8/2012)

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  • Contact & Locations +

    Locations

    Howard County General Hospital Sleep Center
    5755 Cedar Lane
    Columbia, MD 21044
    Phone: 800-937-5337
    Appointment Phone: 800-937-5337
    Fax: 866-214-8799
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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-5464
    Appointment Phone: 443-287-3313
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 443-287-3313
    Appointment Phone: 443-287-3313
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    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    4940 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Phone: 410-550-5624
    Appointment Phone: 410-550-5864
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    Department/Division

    • Neurology - Sleep
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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