Harvard University

Recognizing both the importance and the strength of this emerging discipline at Harvard Medical School, Dean Joseph Martin formally established the Division of Sleep Medicine at HMS in 1997. The goal of the HMS Division of Sleep Medicine is to foster maturation of a program forging a path of discovery while providing the highest standard of clinical care and training for the next generation of national leaders in this discipline.  The Division of Sleep Medicine aims to develop a cohesive university-wide program by establishing the infrastructure to bring together the faculty engaged in this field. 


Susan Redline, MD, MPH

My research interests are primarily focused on: 1)  conducting epidemiological studies designed to elucidate the etiologies of sleep disorders, including the role of genetic and early life developmental factors, and 2) conducting epidemiological and clinical trials aimed at understanding the health outcomes, particularly the cardiovascular consequences, of sleep disorders and the role of sleep interventions in improving health.

I attempt to integrate physiology, clinical medicine, and genetics in epidemiological designs that include: 1) genetic epidemiological studies of sleep apnea and related traits; 2) development/participation in large multicenter observational studies of adult populations; 3) development of pediatric cohort studies to study subclinical markers of cardiovascular disease in relationship to sleep disorders; and 4) intervention trials.  

Dan Gottlieb, MD, MPH

My research focuses on the epidemiology of the cardiovascular consequences of sleep disorders, with an emphasis on identification of susceptible populations based on genetic, demographic, behavioral and physiologic characteristics; and clinical trials of sleep apnea treatment to reduce cardiovascular risk and to reduce congestive heart failure morbidity and mortality, with an emphasis on alternatives to PAP therapy for those with asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic disease.  Secondary interests include the genetic epidemiology of common sleep phenotypes, including sleep apnea, insomnia, sleepiness and short sleep duration, and the cardiometabolic consequences of short sleep duration, insomnia, and other sleep disorders will also be pursued.