National Sleep Foundation

Reviewer Profiles

Reviewer Profiles

Jerrold A. Kram, MD, FCCP, FAASM

Dr. Jerry Kram is the medical director of the California Center for Sleep Disorders which he founded in 1980 as one of the first free standing centers in the country and now has 8 locations. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine graduating with honors. He then went to the University of California San Francisco where he trained in Internal Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Pulmonary Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine. He has lectured extensively around the country on sleep disorders helping to advance the awareness of sleep disorders. He has conducted many clinical trials of treatments for various sleep disorders and published articles and chapters on this topic. He is on the faculty of the School of Sleep Medicine and Samuel Merritt University and a member of the Board of the National Sleep Foundation. He lives in Northern California with his wife and has 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

Meir H. Kryger, MD, FRCPC

Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC, is Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) at the Yale School of Medicine.  Previously he was Professor of Medicine, University of Manitoba where he established the first clinical laboratory studying patients with sleep breathing problems in Canada. Dr. Kryger has published more than 200 research articles and book chapters. He is the chief editor of the most widely used textbook in sleep medicine, The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, currently in its 5th edition and is the author of A Woman's Guide to Sleep Disorders, the Atlas of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and Kryger’s Sleep Medicine Review. Dr. Kryger was the first to diagnose and report obstructive sleep apnea in North America. His research was the first to show the feasibility of using noninvasive techniques to ventilate post-polio patients in their homes. His laboratory elucidated the interaction between heart failure and sleep respiration publishing the first systematic study of oxygen in this condition.  He has been president of both the Canadian Sleep Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation in Washington, D.C. He received the William C. Dement Award for Academic Achievement in sleep medicine. In 2011 he received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the Canadian Sleep Society at the meeting of the World Association of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Kryger graduated from the McGill University Medical School, interned at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and completed internal medicine training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. His pulmonary fellowship was at the University of Colorado, followed by two years of research training. He is boarded in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

Joseph Ojile, MD, FCCP, D.ABSM

Dr. Joseph Ojile is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clayton Sleep Institute, a sleep medicine clinical and research organization that includes branded and non-branded sleep clinics, an insomnia center and a research center. He is President of the Clayton Sleep Research Foundation, which produces the annual national conference, Updates in Sleep Medicine. He serves as Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine for Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation and serves as Chair of the Education Committee. For the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Ojile serves on the Practice Development Committee and in the Technology Evaluation Group. Dr. Ojile has managed clinical research studies that focus on sleep disorders, diabetes and pulmonary disease and regularly lectures at both national and international conferences on issues related to sleep disorders and pulmonary disease. He has been published in multiple scholarly journals on a variety of sleep medicine topics. Dr. Ojile is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the American Thoracic Society and a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Ojile is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pulmonary Diseases and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Ojile earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

James Frederic Pagel, Jr., MS, MD

Dr. Jim Pagel is board certified in Family Practice, Sleep Disorders Medicine, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He is Director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Southern Colorado and an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is ex-chair of the Education Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and founding president of the Colorado Sleep Society. He has authored more than 150 scientific publications in the field of sleep medicine. His books include: Primary Care Sleep Disorders A Practical Guide, (co-ed.) Humana Press (2007); The Limits of Dream – A Scientific Exploration of the Mind /Brain Interface, Academic Press (2008); and Dreaming and Nightmares, (ed.) Saunders (2010).

Emerson M. Wickwire, PhD, ABPP, CBSM

Dr. Emerson Wickwire is Sleep Medicine Program Director at Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Associates in Columbia, Maryland, and Assistant Professor, part-time, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in sleep. Dr. Wickwire is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine and cognitive and behavioral psychology. A recognized expert in the non-drug treatment of sleep disorders and comprehensive approaches to managing chronic disease, Dr. Wickwire has a particular interest in leveraging technology to improve patient care. He has published over two dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts, and has served as a reviewer for numerous academic publications. When he is not sleeping, Dr. Wickwire remains an active and award-winning medical educator. He currently serves on the education committees for both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the National Sleep Foundation. He has lectured at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Maryland, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and elsewhere.