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Pediatric Sleep Specialist


St. Mary's Pediatric Sleep Specialist Is a Leading Expert in Sleep Disorders

Dr. David Gozal, a leading expert in pediatric sleep disorders, conducts pediatric sleep studies at St. Mary's Sleep Disorders Center.A native of Barcelona, Spain, Dr. David Gozal received his M.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed his pediatric residency at the Haifa Medical Center in Israel, after which he spent two years in Cameroon, West Africa, developing rural healthcare networks for which he received the title of “Knight of the Order of Merit.”

Completing his pediatric pulmonology and sleep training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 1993, he joined the faculty at the University of Southern California and UCLA. In 1994, he moved to Tulane University where he was appointed tenured Professor and Constance Kaufman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology Research.

In 1999, he moved to the University of Louisville where, he held the position of Vice-Chair for Research as well as Director of the Kosair Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Additionally, he served as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, both of which were recognized as “Comprehensive Academic Sleep Programs of Distinction” by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine under his leadership. Dr. Gozal has a proven record of developing clinical programs in such areas. 

Dr. Gozal is currently the Herbert T. Abelson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago and Physician-in-Chief of Comer Children’s Hospital and is a leading expert in the treatment of pediatric sleep disorders, the developmental neurobiology of respiratory control, and sleep-disordered breathing. He is known as a pioneer in the study of childhood sleep problems, and the relationships between sleep disorders and neurobehavioral, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease. Dr. Gozal's research focuses on translational, or "bench to bedside," approaches to pediatric sleep disorders, such as childhood obstructive sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Funded by several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, his studies include mechanisms that mediate hypoxia defense responses; mechanisms that lead to complications from low oxygen levels and disrupted sleep; and long-term health and developmental consequences of chronic sleep and breathing problems during childhood.

Dr. Gozal also has held prominent positions in many professional societies. He is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Deputy Editor of the journal Sleep, serves on the editorial board of several scientific publications and as a reviewer for more than 30 journals. An accomplished author and speaker, he has published more than 350 peer-reviewed articles and lectured at scientific meetings around the world.

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