Important expression of appreciation and announcement:
Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dear Colleagues:

We are very fortunate to have such remarkable leaders in sleep medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  Sleep medicine is extraordinarily important for its contributions to fundamental, translational, and clinical neuroscience and for its role in human health.  Sleep medicine is a rapidly growing clinical field and for decades our department has been the academic home to truly great science, clinical care, and subspecialty education.  Many faculty members of our very own Division of Sleep Medicine have had immense impact in advancing this multidisciplinary field. 

Today I would especially like to highlight two individuals -- Emmanuel Mignot, M.D., Ph.D., and Clete Kushida, M.D., Ph.D. -- to celebrate their work and to share news with you about exciting developments in the Division of Sleep Medicine.  

Dr. Mignot is an eminent sleep scientist who has transformed understanding of narcolepsy and its underlying origins.  Since joining our faculty in 1993, he has been inspired and tireless in his efforts to advance innovative research, clinical expertise, and mentoring, here and elsewhere. His stellar track record of accomplishments includes over 400 published scholarly articles and an extensive number of Federally-funded and industry-funded grants.  Included among Dr. Mignot’s numerous honors and awards are his elected memberships in the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.  Dr. Mignot, along with pioneers including Drs. William Dement and Christian Guilleminault, have placed Stanford at the forefront of sleep medicine internationally.  This past Spring, Dr. Mignot expressed his wish to focus his activities on research and mentoring and to step away from his division-based administrative duties.

Clete A. Kushida, MD, PhD, FAASM

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kushida has assumed responsibility as Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Division of Sleep Medicine, effective May 1, 2017. Dr. Kushida has served as Medical Director of the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center, based in Redwood City, since 2010.  In that time, the SHC Clinic has seen significant growth in terms of clinical care and clinical science.  Dr. Kushida is a highly-recognized expert in the field of sleep medicine with an exceptional portfolio of work that includes nearly 200 published scholarly articles, 4 authored books and 8 edited books, and many federally-funded and industry-funded grants as PI.  He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sleep Science and Medicine, among other national professional contributions.  Dr. Kushida was the founding President of the World Sleep Society and the California Sleep Society, and is the past President if the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, in which he is an elected Fellow.  In addition to his incredible scholarly and clinical work, he has been an avid advocate for national research collaborations and scientific networks that serve to maximize the funding opportunities available to sleep scientists.  

Please join me in thanking Dr. Mignot for his many contributions here at Stanford and beyond.  We are pleased that he will continue to serve as the Director of the Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine while he continues to expand his scholarly research endeavors.  Please also join me in congratulating Dr. Kushida on his new role as Chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine. 

My appreciation and thanks also go to all of the faculty of the Division of Sleep Medicine for their tremendous contributions, past and present, in advancing science, clinical innovation and service, educational excellence, community engagement and commitment, and leadership and professionalism.  They do it all, and with immense passion, multidisciplinary expertise, and dedication.  To end where I began: we are so fortunate that our faculty lead the field of sleep medicine from the platform of our Department within the context of Stanford Medicine and Stanford University.  My thanks to all.


Laura Roberts, M.D., M.A.
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Chairman

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University
School of Medicine

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