Professor of Clinical Neurology, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Dr. Michael Thorpy, board-certified in sleep disorders medicine, is Director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at the Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. Both a clinician and a well-published researcher, Dr. Thorpy serves as Professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Thorpy served on the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Board of Directors and founded and directed the NSF's National Narcolepsy Registry, which was located at Montefiore Medical Center. He is past Chairman of the Sleep Section of the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Thorpy was born in New Zealand and earned his medical degree from the University of Otago in 1973. He has published extensively on narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep disorders. His seven books include "The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders". He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, including publications in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Thorpy's Sleep Medicine Home Page is one of the major sleep sites on the Internet, and his computerized textbook on sleep medicine, SleepMultiMedia (available on DVD-ROM), is the only one of its kind.
In 1993, Dr. Thorpy was awarded one of the sleep field's highest honors: The Nathaniel Kleitman Award from the American Sleep Disorders Association.
Dr. Thorpy is frequently quoted in the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Good Housekeeping. He has appeared on the "Today Show," "20/20," "Donahue," and given more than 100 television, radio, and print interviews.
1. The International Classification of Sleep Disorders: Diagnostic and coding manual. Diagnostic Classification Steering Committee; Thorpy MJ, Chairman. Rochester, Minnesota: American Sleep Disorders Association, 1990.
2. Thorpy MJ, (ed). Handbook of Sleep Disorders. In the series; Neurological Disease and Therapy, series ed, W. Koller. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1990.
3. Thorpy MJ, Yager J. The Encyclopaedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Facts on File Inc., New York, 1991.
4. Pocket Edition of the The International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Diagnostic Classification Committee; Thorpy MJ, Chairman. Rochester, Minnesota: American Sleep Disorders Association, 1991.
5. Goswami M, Thorpy MJ. A Primer of Narcolepsy. New York: Montefiore Medical Center, 1991.
6. Goswami M, Pollak CP, Cohen FL, Thorpy MJ, Kavey NB, Kutscher AH, (eds). Psychosocial aspects of narcolepsy. New York: Haworth press, 1993.
7. Thorpy MJ, Yager J. The Encyclopaedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. 2nd Edition Facts on File Inc., New York, 2001.
8. Thorpy MJ, Yager J. Sleeping Well. Facts on File Inc., New York, 2001.
9. Goswami M, Perumal. P, Thorpy M. Narcolepsy: A clinical guide. Springer-Verlag 2010
10. Thorpy M, Plazzi G. Parasomnias and other sleep-related movement disorders. Cambridge University Press (in Press) 2010
11. Thorpy MJ., Billiard M. Sleepiness: Causes, Consequences, Disorders and Treatment. Cambridge University Press (In Press) 2010
12 Thorpy MJ. SleepMultiMedia: A Computerized Textbook of Sleep Medicine. Sleep Multimedia Inc. New York (2010)
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The Associated Press interviews Dr. Michael Thorpy about a new study showing that regular disruption of nighttime sleep can lead to elevated blood sugar levels and a sluggish metabolic rate, setting the stage for diabetes.
The New York Times' Consult blog hosts Drs. Michael J. Thorpy and Shelby Freedman Harris. The two will answer reader questions about insomnia and sleeplessness the week of June 21.