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Cleveland Clinic Foundation


Cleveland Clinic Foundation Sleep Disorders Center

Department of Neurology

9500 Euclid Avenue, S-51

Cleveland, Ohio 44195



Phone: 216-445-2990 (Director)

216-445-2165 (Sleep Center)

Fax: 216-445-1022 (Director)


Faculty (Name, Email address)


Nancy Foldvary, D.O.   Director, Sleep Disorders Center and Sleep 

                                        Medicine Fellowship

Dudley Dinner, M.D.

Joseph Golish, M.D.

Prakash Kotagal, M.D.

Harold Morris, M.D.

Types of Training Available


Clinical Neurophysiology/Sleep Medicine Fellowship.          Board-certified/eligible neurologists and psychiatrists may apply. Two positions are available per year.

Types of Funding Available

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Current Trainees (Names and Email address)

    Eve Rogers, M.D.

    Joel De’Ocampo, M.D.

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

Lynn Liu, M.D. Department of Neurology, University of Rochester

Timothy Walters, M.D. Columbus Sleep Consultants, Columbus, Ohio

Alon Avidon, M.D. Department of Neurology, University of Michigan

Mohammed Paracha, M.D.

Yash Mendirhatta, M.D. Department of Neurology, Georgetown University

Farrukh Quereshi, M.D. Pakistan

Stanley Wolberg, M.D. South Africa

Vincent McCarthy, M.D. Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Tennessee

A. Cosmo Caruso, M.D. Pulmonary Physicians Office Inc., Kansas City, Missouri

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

Human clinical and basic research and clinical practice
Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric sleep disorders
Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG and Epilepsy Monitoring
Relationship between epilepsy and sleep
Evaluation of sleep in pulmonary and neurologic disorders
Noninvasive evaluation of upper airway resistance

Technical Capabilities of Lab        

8-bed laboratory with 64 channel video and digital EEG capabilities
Esophageal pressure monitoring capability
MSLTs and MWTs
Nocturnal penile tumenscence monitoring
Neonatal sleep recordings including ambulatory apnea screening

Primary Training Focus

        Human (Clinical Research)
        Human (Clinical Practice)

The evaluation and treatment of patients with sleep disorders and interpretation of polysomnography including routine EEG and Video EEG recordings.

Other Training Opportunities       

Fellows spend the first month of the program in a Clinical Neurophysiology course. One half-day per week throughout the year is spent in EEG. Fellows have rotations in ENT, Psychology, Dentistry and Respiratory therapy for exposure to the surgical treatment of sleep-disordered breathing, behavioral techniques for insomnia, the use of oral appliances and CPAP.

Representative Publications For the Last Five Years

Aboussouan LS, Golish JA, Wood BG, Mehta AC. Dynamic Pharyngoscope in Predicting Outcome of Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for Moderate and Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Chest 1995;107:946-51

Benbadis SR, Wolgamuth BR, Perry MC, Dinner DS. Dreams and Rapid Eye Movement Sleep in the Multiple Sleep Latency Test. Sleep 1995;18:105-8

Benbadis SR, QU Y, Perry MC, Dinner DS, Warnes H. Interrater reliability of the multiple sleep latency test. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1995;95:302-304

Dinner DS. Chronophysiology.(Editorial) Journal of Clin Neurophysio 1996;13:1

Benbadis SR, Perry MC, Wolgamuth BR, Mendelson WB, Dinner DS. The multiple sleep latency test: comparison of sleep onset criteria. Sleep 1996;19:632-6

Aboussouan LS, Golish JA, Dinner DS, Strome M, Mendelson WB. Limitations and promise in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Respiratory Medicine 1997;91:181-91

Benbadis SR, Mascha E, Perry MC, Wolgamuth BR, Smolley LA, Dinner DS. Association Between the Epworth sleepiness Scale and The Multiple Sleep Latency Test in a clinical population. Annals of Internal Medicine 1999;130:289-92

Loh, NK. Dinner DS, Foldvary N, Skobieranda F, Yew WW. Do Pateints With OSA Wake Up With Headaches: Archives of Internal Medicine 1999;159:1976-8

Foldvary N, Caruso AC, Mascha E, Perry M, Klem G, McCarthy V, Qureshi F, Dinner D. Seizure Detection During Polysomnography. Sleep 2000;23:221-229

Bartolo A, Clymer BD, Burgess R, Turnbull JP, Golish JP, Perry M. Arrhythmia Detection and Heart Rate Estimation During Overnight Polysomnography Studies. IEEE Trans. On Biomedical Engineering (in press)

Obenza Nishime E, Liu L, Coulter TD, Gassler JP, Dinner DS, Mills RM. Heart failure and sleep-related breathing disorders. Cardiology in Review 2000;8:191-201.

Bartolo A, Clymer BD, Golish JA, Burgess RC. The Polysomnogram Assay (PSGA): A Method to Represent the Overnight Polysomnogram in a Condensed Format. Computers in Biomedical Research (in press)

Foldvary N, Perry M, Lee J, Dinner D, Morris H. The Effects of Lamotrigine on Sleep in Patients with Epilepsy (in press)

www link for the Lab

Faculty Research Interests

Dudley Dinner, M.D. is a staff neurologist in the Department of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His research interests include the relationship between sleep and epilepsy and sleep in neurologic disorders. He has extensive clinical experience in Sleep Medicine and has been involved in fellowship training for nearly 20 years.

Nancy Foldvary, D.O. is currently the Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Clinical Neurophysiology: Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. A neurologist in the Section of Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders, Dr. Foldvary has ongoing research studying the effects of antiepileptic drugs on sleep and vigilance, and hypersomnia and sleep disorders in patients with epilepsy.

Joseph Golish, M.D. is a staff physician in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Golish is actively involved the Sleep Medicine training program for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellows. His research interests include the development of noninvasive measures of upper airway resistance and sleep disorders in patients with pulmonary disease.

Prakash Kotagal, M.D. is a pediatric epileptologist and sleep medicine specialist in the Department of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Kotagal is head of the Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program and evaluates pediatric patients with sleep symptoms in the Sleep Disorders Center.

Harold Morris, M.D. is Head of the Section of Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Morris has nearly 20 years of clinical experience in the areas of clinical neurophysiology, sleep medicine and epilepsy. He has a variety of research interests including neurophysiology, the surgical treatment of epilepsy, and sleep disorders.