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Sleep Disorders Specialist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Neurology, Sleep Disorders, Pulmonary Medicine

Research Divisions

Pulmonary Medicine

My Locations

My Education

MD: Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Improvement of Parasomnias After Treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome/Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in Children. Gurbani, N; Dye, TJ; Dougherty, K; Jain, S; Horn, PS; Simakajornboon, N. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2019; 15:743-748.

Pharmacological Management of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in Children. Rulong, G; Dye, T; Simakajornboon, N. Pediatric Drugs. 2018; 20:9-17.

Epidemiology and Pathophysiology of Childhood Narcolepsy. Dye, TJ; Gurbani, N; Simakajornboon, N. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews. 2018; 25:14-18.

Outcomes of long-term iron supplementation in pediatric restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder (RLS/PLMD). Dye, TJ; Jain, SV; Simakajornboon, N. Sleep Medicine. 2017; 32:213-219.

Central Hypersomnia. Dye, TJ; Jain, SV; Kothare, SV. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology. 2015; 22:93-104.

Clinically Asymptomatic Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Infants with Single-Ventricle Physiology. Stamm, RW; Henry, BM; Sawnani, H; Simakajornboon, N; Rulong, G; Ollberding, NJ; Hanke, SP; Dye, TJ; Cooper, DS. (2020) Elsevier BV. 218:92-97.

Topical Review: A Biopsychosocial Framework for Pediatric Narcolepsy and Idiopathic Hypersomnia. Graef, DM; Byars, KC; Simakajornboon, N; Dye, TJ. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2020; 45:34-39.

Clinical presentation, diagnosis and polysomnographic findings in children with migraine referred to sleep clinics. Domany, KA; Nahman-Averbuch, H; King, CD; Dye, T; Xu, Y; Hossain, M; Hershey, AD; Simakajornboon, N. Sleep Medicine. 2019; 63:57-63.

Sleep-disordered breathing in pediatric patients with Rett syndrome. Sarber, KM; Howard, JJ M; Dye, TJ; Pascoe, JE; Simakajornboon, N. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2019; 15:1451-1457.

How does one choose the correct pharmacotherapy for a pediatric patient with restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder?: Expert Guidance. Dye, TJ; Gurbani, N; Simakajornboon, N. Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy. 2019; 20:1535-1538.