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Fellowship Faculty

Fellowship faculty members span the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, Dentistry and ENT Surgery. Collectively, the teaching academic interests of the faculty reflect the comprehensive breadth and depth of sleep medicine. A brief list of academic activities and research interests of the faculty within each department is provided below.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

The pulmonary and critical care medicine faculty have focused on dissecting mechanisms and consequences of sleep disordered breathing in basic clinical and epidemiologic studies. They've explored the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea and have established novel approaches to assessing upper airway dysfunction during sleep. They've also examined the impact of obesity, HIV, COPD and CHF on sleep and breathing patterns, and the impact of sleep-disordered breathing on glucose and lipid metabolism, cardiovascular disease and mortalities in basic clinical and epidemiologic studies. Applied studies on the role of ambulatory and portable monitoring in clinical trials and the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders are also underway.

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Aurora, Rashmi Nisha, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
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Jun, Jonathan, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
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Patil, Susheel Pandit, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Clinical Director, Johns Hopkins Sleep Medicine
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Polotsky, Vsevolod Y, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine
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Punjabi, Naresh M, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine
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Schwartz, Alan Richard, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Director, Sleep Disorders Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Sleep Research and Education
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Smith, Philip, M.D.

Professor of Medicine


Faculty has developed a multi-pronged approach to the investigation, diagnosis and management of restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder during sleep. Models for serotinergic neurotoxicity have also been plumbed for disturbances in sleep and cognition. Similar disturbances have been examined in HIV cohorts. Basic mechanisms of circadian rhythm regulation are currently being launched in drosophilia.

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Allen, Richard P, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology
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Wu, Mark Nan, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Psychiatry and Behavioral Psychology

Specialized programs have been developed to address the needs of patients with insomnia, and to examine interactions between pain, circadian rhythms and sleep/wake cycle disturbances. Research studies are currently exploring the inter-relationships between sleep and cognition with special emphasis on effects of traumatic brain injury and exposure to recreational drugs. The Sleep Program enjoys a close collaborative relationship with the faculty at the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Behavioral Psychiatric Research Unit on the Bayview campus.

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Neubauer, David Nelson, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Smith, Michael Timothy, M.A., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Neurology
Alafousos Scholar
Director, Center for Behavior and Health
Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep-Related Symptom Science


The pediatric department, in collaboration with ENT and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, evaluates and manages a wide array of pediatric sleep disorders in children. Clinical studies have focused on dissecting mechanisms of sleep disordered breathing and neurocognitive and metabolic effects of these disorders in children.

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Sterni, Laura Marie, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center


The faculty is actively involved in the evaluation and management of patients with sleep-disordered breathing, with particular emphasis on pediatric patients and patients with nasal pathology.


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