Meir Kryger MD, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) and Clinical Professor of Nursing

Biographical Info

Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC, joined the Yale School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Health System, November 2011. 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., and served as Board. 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

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.

Education & Training

McGill University (1969)
McGill University Faculty of Medicine (1971)
Royal Victoria Hospital, Internal Medicine (1972 - 1973)
Meakins-Christie Laboratories (McGill University), Pulmonary Physiology (1973 - 1974)
University of Colorado Medical Center, Pulmonary Medicine (1974 - 1977)
Board Certification
Sleep Medicine (Internal Medicine), Board Certified  (2009)
Board Certification
Internal Medicine, Board Certified  (1976)
Board Certification
Pulmonary Disease, Board Certified  (1976)

Honors & Recognition

  • Distinguished Scientist Award
    Canadian Sleep Society at World Association of Sleep Medicine (2011)

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