Sleep Research Society &

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate Training Opportunities 

in Basic and Clinical Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine

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Sleep Disorders Institute 

Affiliated with St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center, teaching Hospitals of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Affiliated with CLINiLABS, Inc.



1090 Amsterdam Avenue

17th Floor

New York, New York 10025



Phone:  (212) 523-1700

FAX:    (212) 523-1704


Faculty (Name, Email address):

Antoine Abed, M.D. 

Jon Freeman, Ph.D. 

Joseph Ghassibi, M.D. 

Stephen Lund, M.D.

Moshe Reitman 

Kathleen Rice, Ph.D.

Gary K. Zammit, Ph.D. 


Types of Training Available

  • Undergraduate:   

Research assistantships 

  • Graduate:    

Research placements available for graduate students interested in conducting thesis or dissertation research

  • Postdoctoral:    

Research placements available for post-doctoral trainees interested in sleep pharmacology

Clinical placements available for physicians who wish to obtain training requirements for certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Six- and 12-month placements are available (Cycles begin in July and January).

Types of Funding Available

Various funding sources are available

Current Trainees (Names and Email address)

    Shabih Hasan, M.D. 

    Ricardo Abrea, M.D.

    Fulvia Milite, M.D.

    Mustansir Vejlani, M.D.

    Melanie Watanabe, M.D.

Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status (Name, Title, Institution, Email)

Alex Kolevzon, M.D.

Pierre Edde, M.D.

Samir Fahmy, M.D.

Vani Mekala, M.D.

Stephen Lund, M.D.

Antoine Abed, M.D.

Obunddomwi Esan, M.D.

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

  • Clinical


    General sleep medicine




    Snoring and sleep apnea


  • Research

    Clinical trials of CNS therapeutic agents, including sedative/hypnotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, analgesics, and other compounds

    Clinical trials of biomedical devices used to treat CNS conditions

Technical Capabilities of Lab        

  • Fully equipped 10 bedroom clinical/research laboratory at core facility
  • Fully equipped 4 bedroom satellite laboratory (planned)
  • 4 analog polysomnographs
  • 8 digital data acquisition systems
  • Integrated computer network

Primary Training Focus

  • Human (clinical practice)
  • Human (pharmacology)

Other Training Opportunities       


Representative Publications For the Last Five Years

Zammit, G. K., Lund, S., Ghassibi, J. (1995). Clinical polysomnography in the evaluation of snoring and sleep-related breathing disorders. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 5, 221 - 227.

Krespi, Y. P., Keidar, A., Khosh, M. M., Pearlman, S. J., & Zammit, G. K. (1995). The efficacy of laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty in the management of obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 5, 235 - 243.

Zammit, G. K., Kolevzon, A., Fauci, M., Shindledecker, R., & Ackerman, S. H. (1995) Postprandial Sleep in Healthy Men. Sleep, 18, 229 - 231.

Rosen, R., Mahowald, M., Chesson, A., Doghramji, K., Goldberg, R., Moline, M., Millman, R., Zammit, G., Mark, B., & Dement, W. (1998). The task force 2000 survey on medical education in sleep and sleep disorders. Sleep, 21, 235 -238.

Zammit, G., Weiner, J., Damato, N., Sillup, G., & McMillan, C. (1999). Quality of life assessment in people with insomnia. Sleep , 22 (supplement), S379 – S385.

Zammit, G. K. (1999). Therapeutic approaches to insomnia. Family Practice Recertification, 21, 20 – 27.

Geliebter, A., Gluck, M, E., Tanowitz, M., Aronoff, N. J., & Zammit, G. K. (2000). Work-shift period and weight change. Nutrition, 16, 27 – 29.

Zammit, G. K. Redefining a good night’s sleep. Postgraduate Medicine, Special Report, 33 - 40.

Zammit, G.K., Weiner, J. Damato, N., Goldman, N. (1999). Fixed spectrum light field for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Chronobiology International, 16 (supplement 1), 117.

Zammit, G. (2000). Zaleplon vs. Zolpidem: Difference in Next-Day Residual Sedation After Middle-of-the-Night Administration. (Presented at the European Sleep Research Society, Istanbul, Turkey).

Zammit, G. K., Weiner, J., Rice, K., Lund, S., Damato, N., & Goldman, N. Fixed spectrum light field for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Sleep Abstract Supplement 2, 23, A180.

Corser, B., Mayleben, D., Doghramji, K., Fry, J., Krystal, A., Mohawold, M., & Zammit, G. No next-day residual sedation four hours after middle-of-the-night treatment with zaleplon. Sleep Abstract Supplement 2, 23, A309.

Roth, T., Zammit, G., Kushida, C., Doghramji, K., Mathias, S., & Buysse, D. Use of the global sleep assessment questionnaire to identify patients with a sleep disorder. Sleep Abstract Supplement 2, 23, A323.

www link for the Lab


Faculty Research Interests

Gary K. Zammit, Ph.D. is the Director of the Sleep Disorders Institute, and an associate professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Zammit’s interests are related to the pharmacology of human sleep. Dr. Zammit also is interested in pharmacologic treatment of CNS conditions, especially with respect to drug effects on sleep.