As a pediatric neurologist, I care for children and young adults with neurologically based sleep conditions including narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome (RLS), periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) and sleep-related epilepsy. Through my work with collaborative clinics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, I also see patients with special needs and sleep concerns, as well as circadian sleep disorders.
I work with a group of neurologists, pulmonologists, otolaryngologists, psychologists and basic scientists. This team approach allows the Cincinnati Children’s sleep program to develop new clinical care models and collaborate when caring for the most complex sleep disorders.
My research focuses on understanding the causes of sleep-related movement disorders in children, such as RLS, and identifying the best way to treat them. We study the role certain therapies for epilepsy may play in sleep. We’re also working to bridge the divide between circadian research and the clinical treatment of circadian sleep disorders.
I am honored to be a recipient of the Wayne Hening Young Investigator Award from the International RLS Study Group for my RLS research.
Neurology, Sleep Disorders, Pulmonary Medicine
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Improvement of Parasomnias After Treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome/ Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in Children. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2019; 15:743-748.
Pharmacological Management of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in Children. Pediatric Drugs. 2018; 20:9-17.
Epidemiology and Pathophysiology of Childhood Narcolepsy. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews. 2018; 25:14-18.
Outcomes of long-term iron supplementation in pediatric restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder (RLS/PLMD). Sleep Medicine. 2017; 32:213-219.
Central Hypersomnia. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology. 2015; 22:93-104.
Transitional Care of Sleep-Disordered Breathing: Management. Sleep Medicine. : Springer Nature; Springer Nature; 2023.
0783 Sleep Continuity and Quality in Adolescents with Functional Abdominal Pain. Sleep. 2023; 46:a345-a346.
0774 Characterization of sleep spindles and sleep architecture in adolescents with functional abdominal pain. Sleep. 2023; 46:a341-a342.
A Word of Caution: Adenotonsillectomy May Help Reduce Central Apneas, but It Is Not a Treatment for Central Sleep Apnea. The Laryngoscope. 2023; 133:E8-E9.
Periodic limb movements during wakefulness in children with RLS and PLMD. Sleep Medicine. 2022; 100:s203.