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 comprehesive 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
- Psychiatry and Behavioral Psychology
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.
Nisha Aurora, MD
Jonathan Jun, MD, PhD
Vsevolod Y. Polotsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Naresh Punjabi, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director, Sleep Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Program Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program
Hartmut Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Sleep Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Philip L. Smith, M.D.
Founder, Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center
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.
Charlene Gamaldo, M.D.
Medical Director, Sleep Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Christopher J. Earley, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Center for Restless Legs Syndrome
Mark Wu, M.D.
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.
David Neubauer, M.D.
Michael Smith, Ph.D.
Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic
Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program
Una McCann, M.D.
Co-Director, Center in Sleep Research and Education
Vani Rao, M.D.
Miriam Mintzer, Ph.D.
Ryan Vandry, Ph.D.
Adam Spira, Ph.D.
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.
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.
Stacey Ishman, M.D.
Lisa E. Ishii, M.D.
Masaru Ishii, M.D.
Steven Scherr, D.D.S.