The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology


Michael J. Thorpy, M.D. 

Dr. Michael Thorpy, board-certified in sleep disorders medicine, is Director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at the Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. Both a clinician and a well-published researcher, Dr. Thorpy serves as Professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Thorpy served on the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Board of Directors and founded and directed the NSF's National Narcolepsy Registry, which was located at Montefiore Medical Center. He is past Chairman of the Sleep Section of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Thorpy was born in New Zealand and earned his medical degree from the University of Otago in 1973. He has published extensively on narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep disorders. His seven books include "The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders". He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, including publications in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Thorpy's Sleep Medicine Home Page is one of the major sleep sites on the Internet, and his computerized textbook on sleep medicine, SleepMultiMedia (available on DVD-ROM), is the only one of its kind. 

In 1993, Dr. Thorpy was awarded one of the sleep field's highest honors: The Nathaniel Kleitman Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Karen Ballaban-Gil, M.D. 

Dr. Karen Ballaban Gil is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Pediatrics, the Associate Director of Montefiore Medical Center Sleep-Wake Disorders Center and the Director of the Child Neurology Residency Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Albany Medical College. Dr. Ballaban-Gil trained in general pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and trained in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received board certification n pediatrics, neurology with special competence in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology.

Dr. Ballaban-Gil has a large clinical practice in child neurology, including the evaluation and treatment of children with epilepsy, headaches, sleep disorders, autism, and other developmental disabilities. Her research interests include the relationship between epilepsy and language regression in youngsters with Laundau-Kleffner Syndrome, autism and other developmental disorders of higher cognitive functioning. In addition, she runs the Ketogenic Diet program for the management of intractable epilepsy at the Montefiore Medical Center. Her publications include numerous papers on autism, epilepsy related language disorders and the Ketogenic diet.

Meeta Goswami, MPH PhD 

Dr. Meeta Goswami has been the director of the Narcolepsy Institute since its inception in 1985. She received a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University in New York. She is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, and the National Sleep Foundation. Meeta Goswami, with Michael J Thorpy and others, edited the first book on Narcolepsy and Psychosocial Issues 1992; she has co-authored with Michael J Thorpy, the Narcolepsy Primer 2006 Second Edition, developed a Video on Narcolepsy, and publishes a semi-annual newsletterPerspectives, on narcolepsy. She has published several papers on narcolepsy and has lectured nationally and internationally. Meeta Goswami is committed to integrating the social and medical sciences and applying this knowledge to enhance the quality of care provided to patients and improving the quality of life of those who have narcolepsy.

Imran Ahmed, M.D. 

Dr. Imran Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at AECOM and Co-Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship.  He received his M.D. at SUNY Stony Brook and then completed a Neurology residency as well as an Epilepsy and a Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.  He is interested in the parasomnias as well as epilepsy associated with sleep. 

Renee Monderer, M.D.

Dr. Renee Monderer is an Associate Professor of  Neurology at AECOM. She received her M.D. AECOM and then completed a Neurology residency as well as a Sleep Medicine fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center. She is interested in Restless Leg Syndrome and is currently working on research in that area.

Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D. 

Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist for the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program at the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center and Instructor of Neurology as well as Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Harris received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. Dr. Harris completed her predoctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center where she trained in the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, and has received advanced postdoctoral training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Harris specializes in behavioral sleep medicine, and has published and presented research on the neuropsychological effects of insomnia in older adults as well as the application of CBT for the treatment of insomnia.

Consulting Faculty


Pediatric Pulmonary 

Ranaan Arens, M.D.
Chief, Section of Pediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine

Hiren Muzumdar, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics 

Adult Pulmonary 

David Appel, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Montefiore Medical Center
Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine


Marvin Fried, M.D.
Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Chair, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 

Sanjay R. Parikh, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Arsen Stegnjajic, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 


 Simon Rego PH.D.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Consultant.


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