The Sleep Center at CHOP evaluates and manages children with all types of sleep problems, including sleepdisordered breathing, narcolepsy, periodic limb movements disorder, parasomnias, and insomnia. The interdisciplinary Sleep Center includes pediatric pulmonologists, neurologists, and psychologists, all of whom are also board certified in sleep medicine.
Children’s Hospital supports an ACGME-accredited sleep fellowship in association with the University of Pennsylvania. The fellowship lasts one year with the option of an additional two years of research training.
The Sleep Center has recently opened two satellite sleep laboratories. In addition to the Main Campus sleep lab, which has 4 clinical and 2 research beds, a 4-bed lab opened at CHOP’s Specialty Care Center in King of Prussia, and another 4-bed lab opened in New Jersey (located at Virtua Voorhees Hospital). The satellite labs offer facilities and services comparable to those of the main lab.
The Sleep Center continues to be active in research. Currently, multiple studies are supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the University of Pennsylvania. Foci of research include the pathophysiology of childhood obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in children, and cultural differences in sleep in infants.
Teaching is also an important part of the CHOP Sleep Center mission. The center continues to educate international physicians in pediatric sleep medicine, with recent long-term visitors from China and Thailand. Sleep Center faculty and fellows participated in numerous scientific and educational presentations at national and international conferences over the last year, including conferences in Japan, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, Israel and South Africa.