David Gozal, MD

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Dr. Gozal is currently the Herbert T. Abelson Professor at the University of Chicago, where he also holds the title of Pritzker Scholar. He received his MD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completed his pediatric residency at the Haifa Medical Center in Israel, and then spent two years in Cameroon, West Africa, developing rural healthcare networks, for which he received the title of “Knight of the Order of Merit.” He then completed his pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine training at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in 1993 and joined the faculty at the University of Southern California and UCLA. In 1994, he moved to Tulane University, where he rose through the ranks and was appointed tenured Professor and Constance Kaufman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology Research.

From 1999 till 2009, Dr. Gozal was at the University of Louisville as the Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair for Pediatric Research, Distinguished University Scholar, Vice-Chair for Research, Director of the Kosair Children’s Research Institute, and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, both of which were recognized as programs of distinction by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Gozal joined the University of Chicago as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of Comer Children’s Hospital, a position he has held till June 2014. 

Dr Gozal’s research interests emphasize bench to bedside approaches to pediatric sleep disorders, with projects encompassing a wide range of interests, such as gene and cellular regulation in hypoxia  and sleep disruption, murine models of sleep disorders, and genomic and proteomic approaches to clinical and epidemiological aspects of sleep in children, including collaborative work in several countries around the world. 

In addition to his membership and previous committee service in multiple professional societies, he is slated to become President of the American Thoracic Society in 2016, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sleep  Research Society, deputy editor for the journals Sleep and Frontiers in Neurology, and a regular member of the NNRS study section at NIH, as well as serving on the editorial boards of several leading journals in the field. He has been the recipient of multiple professional accolades including the ATS Amberson Lecture in 2002, and most recently was awarded the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2013.  His research work is supported by the NIH, he has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles, >115 book chapters and reviews, 3 books, and > 800 scientific abstracts, and has extensively lectured all over the world.