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Ronald Chervin, M.D., Professor, Department of Neurology
Director, Sleep Disorders Center and Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory

Professor of Neurology Ronald D. Chervin, M.D., directs the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center and the Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory, and is the Michael S. Aldrich Collegiate Professor of Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Chervin earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1983 and medical degree from Stanford University in 1988. He completed a residency in neurology at Cornell University and a fellowship in sleep medicine at Stanford. He was recruited in 1994 by Michael Aldrich, M.D., and Sid Gilman, M.D., to a junior faculty position at the U-M, where he obtained a master's degree in clinical research from the School of Public Health in 1997.

As director of the U-M Sleep Disorders Center since 2000, Dr. Chervin has worked to build on a tradition of exceptional patient care, education and research established by Dr. Aldrich. The result is one of the nation's largest academic sleep medicine programs, distinguished by accomplished faculty, unique multidisciplinary sleep clinics, two state-of-the-art sleep laboratories, premier training opportunities and highly productive research teams.

Dr. Chervin's professional interests encompass the full range of sleep pathology, from childhood through older age. He has contributed to research on snoring, sleepiness, insomnia, and associated problems with cognition and behavior. He and his colleagues are recognized for pioneering work on the evaluation of children for sleep-disordered breathing, the role of childhood sleep disorders in attention deficit and hyperactivity, and the mechanisms by which sleep apnea affects the brain.

Dr. Chervin is a member of the Board of Directors for the Sleep Research Society and the International Pediatric Sleep Association. He is an associate editor for Sleep, an editorial board member for Sleep Medicine and Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and an ad hoc reviewer for 30 other professional journals.