Luis Fernando Buenaver, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Languages: English, Spanish


Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Pain Management, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychologist, Sleep, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Medicine more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-614-3396
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-614-3396
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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-0018
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
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Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep and Wellness

Appointment Phone: 410-740-7944
11085 Little Patuxent Parkway
Medical Arts Building, Suite 210
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-740-7944 | Fax: 410-367-2419
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Dr. Buenaver directs the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins’ Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Dr. Buenaver earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his predoctoral internship at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Buenaver is a licensed psychologist.

Dr. Buenaver's clinical practice centers on pain management and the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders (particularly chronic insomnia.) He has presented and published on topics including factors contributing to chronic pain and sleep disorders.

His research focuses on pain and sleep: studying and designing interventions to alter behavioral and psychological mechanisms that contribute to chronic pain and associated disability and understanding the role of sleep disturbance in chronic pain to learn how sleep loss and factors that drive sleep disturbance contribute to pain, disability, and negative mood. more


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Departments / Divisions



  • Neuropsychology; Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center (2004)
  • Psychiatry; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Sleep Medicine (Behavioral Sleep Medicine Specialist) (2008)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Spira AP, Runko VT, Finan PH, Kaufmann CN, Bounds SC, Liu L, Buenaver LF, McCauley LM, Ancoli-Israel S, Smith MT. Circadian rest/activity rhythms in knee osteoarthritis with insomnia: A study of osteoarthritis patients and pain-free controls with insomnia or normal sleep. Chronobiol Int. 2014 Oct 7:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25290041

Sowho MO, Woods MJ, Biselli P, McGinley BM, Buenaver LF, Kirkness JP. Nasal insufflation treatment adherence in obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Breath. 2014 Jul 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25015548

Wideman TH, Finan PH, Edwards RR, Quartana PJ, Buenaver LF, Haythornthwaite JA, Smith MT. Increased sensitivity to physical activity among individuals with knee osteoarthritis: relation to pain outcomes, psychological factors, and responses to quantitative sensory testing. PMID: 24378879

Finan PH, Buenaver LF, Bounds SC, Hussain S, Park RJ, Haque UJ, Campbell CM, Haythornthwaite JA, Edwards RR, Smith MT. Discordance between pain and radiographic severity in knee osteoarthritis: findings from quantitative sensory testing of central sensitization. Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Feb;65(2):363-72. doi: 10.1002/art.34646. PMID: 22961435

Buenaver LF, Quartana PJ, Grace EG, Sarlani E, Simango M, Edwards RR, Haythornthwaite JA, Smith MT. Evidence for indirect effects of pain catastrophizing on clinical pain among myofascial temporomandibular disorder participants: the mediating role of sleep disturbance. PMID: 22417656 

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