Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The Yale Sleep Center opened in 1997 under the direction of Dr. Vahid Mohsenin and became accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) the same year. The Yale Center for Sleep Medicine is renowned nationally and internationally for its excellence in clinical care and research. It is truly a multidisciplinary center with active participation of faculty from various departments in clinical, research and educational missions of the Center. The Yale Sleep Center has performed over 11,078 polysomnographies and numerous Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT). The Yale Sleep Center has become a major referral center in Connecticut, performing about 200 polysomnographies and 4 MSLTs each month. The Center is comprised of three fully AASM-accredited centers with a total of 10 monitoring bed units. The Center receives referrals from all Connecticut counties as well as northeast states.

The objective of the sleep fellowship is to prepare physicians to become outstanding board-certified clinicians in sleep-disordered Medicine with sleep-related research training to allow them to pursue an academic career in sleep medicine. The program will ensure that the fellows participate in an interdisciplinary care of patients of all ages and genders that incorporates aspects of psychiatry, psychology, neurology, internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, ENT, endocrinology, bariatrics, oral maxillofacial. The fellows will acquire detailed knowledge of the sleep and respiratory control centers, physiology and neurobiology underlying sleep and wakefulness. The fellows will manage sleep disorder patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The program is structured for fellows to achieve appropriate cognitive and technical knowledge, professional as well as humanistic attitudes and practical knowledge in the field of Sleep Medicine to allow them to function as highly competent sub-specialists in the field.

Sponsoring Institutions

Yale University is the sponsoring institution and assumes ultimate responsibility for the sleep program. Dr. Naftali Kaminski is the Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Meir Kryger is the Program Director of the Sleep Fellowship Program and Dr. Melissa Knauert is the Associate Program Director.

The fellows rotate through the Adult and Pediatric Yale Sleep centers. The Yale Sleep Center is located in North Haven, CT on 8 Devine Street. The Yale Pediatric Sleep Laboratory is located within Yale-New Haven Hospital.  The fellows also rotate at the West Haven VA. 

The fellows also provide consultation to the hospitalized sleep-disordered patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit and on the wards. They have a continuity sleep clinic at Yale University for pediatric and adult outpatients.

The fellows participate in numerous educational activities in the section of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and around the School of Medicine.

Starting in 2015, the Yale Sleep  Medicine Fellowship Program will participate in ERAS and the Match for 2016 recruitment.  

Participating Institutions

To enhance their multidisciplinary exposure, the fellows also participate in various clinics rotating between private psychology, psychiatry dentistry, neurology, pediatrics, Otolaryngology, oral maxillofacial surgery, endocrine/obesity and bariatric surgical clinics. It will give the fellows some exposure to the private practice sector. The program director ensures that there will be continuity of the educational experience at those participating institutions.


Susan Porto  
Fellowship Coordinator, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine 

Yale School of Medicine
Dept of Internal Medicine
Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

300 Cedar Street, TAC S425 
P.O. Box 208057
New Haven, CT 06520-8057

Phone: 203.785.3207