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Laura Marie Sterni, M.D.

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Sleep Apnea more

Research Interests

Pediatric sleep disorders

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Dr. Laura Sterni is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include pediatric pulmonary medicine and sleep disorders. She is director of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center.

Dr. Sterni has edited a book on chronic home ventilation in children - Caring for Ventilator Dependent Child: A Clinical Guide. (Sterni. LM and Carroll JL (Eds). Humana Press/Springer Science and Business Media, New York, 2016.)

Dr. Sterni received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also completed her residency in pediatrics and her fellowship in pediatric pulmonary medicine at Johns Hopkins.

De. Sterni was recognized by Baltimore magazine as a Top Doctor in pediatric pulmonology in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was also recognized in 2016 and 2017 as a Top Doc for the treatment of pediatric sleep disorders. more


  • Director, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1989)


  • Pediatrics; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1992)


  • Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1996)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Pulmonology) (1996)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Sleep Medicine) (2007)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Serni’s research focuses on pediatric sleep disorders.

Selected Publications

Sterni LM, Collaco JM, Baker CD, Carroll JL, Sharma GD, Brozek JL, Finder JD, Ackerman VL, Arens R, Boroughs DS, Carter J, Daigle KL, Dougherty J, Gozal D, Kevill K, Kravitz RM, Kriseman T, MacLusky I, Rivera-Spoljaric K, Tori AJ, Ferkol T, Halbower AC. An official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Pediatric Chronic Home Invasion Ventilation. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2016. April 15:193 (8):910-924.

Finder JD, Birnkrant D, Carl J, Farber HJ, Gozal D, Iannaccone ST, Kovesi T, Kravitz RM, Panitch H, Schramm C, Schroth M, Sharma G, Sievers L, Silvestri JM, Sterni L. American Thoracic Society. Respiratory care of the patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: ATS Consensus Statement. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2004 Aug 15: 170(4): 456-65.

McGrath-Morrow SA, Ryan T, McGinley BM, Okelo SO, Sterni LM, Collaco JM. “Polysomnography in preterm infants and children with chronic lung disease.” Pediatr Pulmonol. 2012 Feb;47(2):172-9. doi: 10.1002/ppul.21522. Epub 2011 Aug 3.

Schwengel DA, Sterni LM, Tunkel DE, Heitmiller ES. “Perioperative management of children with obstructive sleep apnea.” Anesth Analg. 2009 Jul;109(1):60-75. doi: 10.1213/ane.0b013e3181a19e21. Review.

Tunkel DE, Hotchkiss KS, Carson KA, Sterni LM. “Efficacy of powered intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.” Laryngoscope. 2008 Jul;118(7):1295-302. doi: 10.1097/MLG.0b013e3181724269.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctor in pediatric pulmonology, Baltimore Magazine, 2013
  • Top Doctor in pediatric pulmonology, Baltimore Magazine, 2011
  • Top Doctor in pediatric pulmonology, Baltimore Magazine, 2010

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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

How teens can get the sleep they need in spite of school schedules, The Baltimore Sun, August 25, 2015

Sleep disorders leading to groggy childrenThe Baltimore Sun, September 24, 2014

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