Faculty Profile

Dr. Michael J. Thorpy, M.B.,Ch.B.

Michael J. Thorpy, M.B.,Ch.B.

Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Areas of Research: Narcolepsy research in both children and adults. Obstructive sleep apnea research in adults Other areas include: other sleep disorders in general.

Professional Interests

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 Clinical 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. He is President of the New York State Society of Sleep Medicine (NYSSSM).

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 14 print books include "The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders". He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, including publications in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Thorpy's 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 Sleep Disorders Association, and in 2012 the National Sleep Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Thorpy is frequently quoted in the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Good Housekeeping. He has appeared on the "Today Show," "20/20," "Donahue," and given more than 100 television, radio, and print interviews.

Selected Publications


1.  The International Classification of Sleep Disorders: Diagnostic and coding manual.  Diagnostic Classification Steering Committee; Thorpy MJ, Chairman.  Rochester, Minnesota: American Sleep Disorders Association, 1990.

2.  Thorpy MJ, (ed).  Handbook of Sleep Disorders. In the series; Neurological Disease and Therapy, series ed, W. Koller.  New York: Marcel Dekker, 1990.

3.  Thorpy MJ, Yager J.  The Encyclopaedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders.  Facts on File Inc., New York, 1991.

4.  Pocket Edition of the The International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Diagnostic Classification Committee; Thorpy MJ, Chairman.  Rochester, Minnesota: American Sleep Disorders Association, 1991.

5.  Goswami M, Thorpy MJ.  A Primer of Narcolepsy. New York: Montefiore Medical Center, 1991.

6.  Goswami M, Pollak CP, Cohen FL, Thorpy MJ, Kavey NB, Kutscher AH, (eds). Psychosocial aspects of narcolepsy. New York: Haworth press, 1993.

7. Thorpy MJ, Yager J.  The Encyclopaedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders.  2nd Edition  Facts on File Inc., New York, 2001.

8. Thorpy MJ, Yager J.  Sleeping Well.  Facts on File Inc., New York, 2001.

9. Goswami M, Perumal. P, Thorpy M.  Narcolepsy: A clinical guide. Springer-Verlag  2010

10.Thorpy M, Plazzi G. Parasomnias and other sleep-related movement disorders. Cambridge University Press , 2010

11. Thorpy MJ., Billiard M. Sleepiness: Causes, Consequences, Disorders and Treatment. Cambridge University Press, 2011

12. Nofzinger E, Maquet P, Thorpy MJ, Neuroimaging of Sleep and Sleep Disorders.  Cambridge University Press, 2013.

13. Shaw P, Tafti, M, Thorpy M. Genetics of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Cambridge University Press, 2013

14. Goswami M, Perumal. P, Thorpy M.  Narcolepsy: A clinical guide. Springer-Verlag; 2015 .

15. Thorpy MJ. SleepMultiMedia: A Computerized Textbook of Sleep Medicine. Sleep Multimedia Inc. New York (2005- 2016)

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In the News

The Associated Press interviews Dr. Michael Thorpy about a new study showing that regular disruption of nighttime sleep can lead to elevated blood sugar levels and a sluggish metabolic rate, setting the stage for diabetes.

The New York Times' Consult blog hosts Drs. Michael J. Thorpy and Shelby Freedman Harris. The two will answer reader questions about insomnia and sleeplessness the week of June 21.

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