Fellowship

Program Overview

Adult program
The Yale Sleep Center opened in 1997 and became accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) the same year. The Yale Center for Sleep Medicine is renowned nationally and internationally for its excellence in clinical care and research. It is truly a multidisciplinary center with active participation of faculty from various departments in clinical, research and educational missions of the Center. The Yale Sleep Center has performed over 20,000 polysomnographies and numerous Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT). The Yale Sleep Center has become a major referral center in Connecticut, performing about 200 polysomnographies and 4 MSLTs each month. The Center is comprised of a fully AASM-accredited centers with a total of 4 monitoring bed units and 10 home sleep testing units. The Center receives adult referrals from all Connecticut counties as well as northeast states and from Canada.

Pediatrics program
The Pediatric Sleep Program is a component of the Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Division at Yale New Haven Hospital. Staff include two physicians (Craig Canapari, MD (medical director) and Ramneet Gill, MD) as well as a nurse practioner (Beth Moller APRN) and the lab manager (Chris Bailey RPSGT). Sleep Clinics occur onsite at Yale-New Haven as well as in satellite location. The Pediatric Sleep Laboratory is located on the seventh floor of the West Pavilion at YNH and is comprised of a three bed unit as well as a portable unit for studying inpatients. The program also has 4 actigraphs which are used for clinical and research purposes.

The objective of the sleep fellowship is to prepare physicians to become outstanding board-certified clinicians in sleep-disordered Medicine with sleep-related research training to allow them to pursue an academic career in sleep medicine. The program will ensure that the fellows participate in an interdisciplinary care of patients of all ages and genders that incorporates aspects of psychiatry, psychology, neurology, internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, ENT, endocrinology, bariatrics, oral maxillofacial. The fellows will acquire detailed knowledge of the sleep and respiratory control centers, physiology and neurobiology underlying sleep and wakefulness. The fellows will manage sleep disorder patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The program is structured for fellows to achieve appropriate cognitive and technical knowledge, professional as well as humanistic attitudes and practical knowledge in the field of Sleep Medicine to allow them to function as highly competent sub-specialists in the field.

Sponsoring Institutions

Yale University is the sponsoring institution and assumes ultimate responsibility for the sleep program. Dr. Naftali Kaminski  is currently the Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Dr. Meir  Kryger  is the Director of the Sleep Fellowship Program.

The fellows rotate through the Adult and Pediatric Yale Sleep centers. The Yale Sleep Center is located in the Temple Building on 40 Temple Street in New Haven, CT. The Yale Pediatric Sleep Laboratory is located within Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The fellows also provide consultation to the hospitalized sleep-disordered patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit and on the wards. They have a continuity sleep clinic at Yale University for pediatric and adult outpatients and at the VA Connecticut Hospital in West Haven CT.

The fellows participate in numerous educational activities in the section of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and around the School of Medicine.

Participating Institutions
To enhance their multidisciplinary exposure, the fellows also participate in various clinics rotating between private psychology, psychiatry dentistry, neurology, pediatrics, Otolaryngology, oral maxillofacial surgery, endocrine/obesity and bariatric surgical clinics. It will give the fellows some exposure to the private practice sector. The program director ensures that there will be continuity of the educational experience at those participating institutions.

Program Director
Meir Kryger MD is the program director responsible for the Sleep Fellowship. Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC, joined the Yale School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Health System, November 2011. Previously he was Professor of Medicine, University of Manitoba where he established the first clinical laboratory studying patients with sleep breathing problems in Canada. Dr. Kryger has published more than 200 research articles and book chapters. He is the chief editor of the most widely used textbook in sleep medicine, The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, currently in its 5th edition and is the author of A Woman’s Guide to Sleep Disorders, the Atlas of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and Kryger’s Sleep Medicine Review. Dr. Kryger was the first to diagnose and report obstructive sleep apnea in North America. His research was the first to show the feasibility of using noninvasive techniques to ventilate post-polio patients in their homes. His laboratory elucidated the interaction between heart failure and sleep respiration publishing the first systematic study of oxygen in this condition. He has been president of both the Canadian Sleep Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation in Washington, D.C., and served as Board. He received the William C. Dement Award for Academic Achievement in sleep medicine. In 2011 he received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the Canadian Sleep Society at the meeting of the World Association of Sleep Medicine Sleep Medicine Faculty. In 2013, he received the Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award.

Faculty 
Our multidisciplinary faculty encompasses board certified specialists in Psychiatry, Psychology, Endocrine, Bariatric Surgery, Pediatrics, Neurology, Oromaxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine. The faculty has extensive clinical experience and is very well versed in teaching and administrative duties (see respective CV’s). The faculty has published extensively in their fields of expertise in nationally and internationally renowned peered-review journals. Some members of the faculty are actively involved in clinical research. Current topics of research include Sleep in stroke and heart failure (Dr Klar Yaggi), Sleep in the Intensive Care Setting (Dr Melissa Knauert), Remote monitoring of PAP devices (Dr. Meir Kryger). The faculty also participates in the P20 Research Center grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a component of the National Institutes of Health. Dr Klar yaggi is a Co-PI  of this center.   The entire sleep medicine faculty is very committed to regular participation in clinical supervision of the fellows, rounds, journal clubs, multidisciplinary conferences and research conferences. Our weekly sleep conference will be linked with sleep research programs at Johns Hopkins and University of Washington (Seattle). 

Core Faculty
Meir Kryger MD FRCPC (Director)
Vahid Mohsenin, MD
Henry Klar Yaggi, MD, MPH
Christine Won, MD
Melissa Knauert MD PhD (Associate Director)
• Craig Canapari MD
Brian Koo MD

Other Faculty
• Bahman Jabbari, MD
• Paul Fortgang, MD
Gordon Buchanan, MD
• Anthony Dioguardi, DDS
• Reza Yavari, M.D.
• Ian Weir, DO

Contact us:
Luci Gilkes
lucilina.gilkes@yale.edu
203-785-3207