David Gozal

The Herbert T. Abelson Professor of Pediatrics, Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Member The Grossman Institute for Quantitative Biology and Neuroscience
Committee on Neuroscience and Neurobiology
The University of Chicago

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 M.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completed his pediatric residency at the Haifa Medical Center in Israel, and then spent 2 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, 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, 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. From 2009 till 2014, Dr. Gozal served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. Dr Gozal’s research interests include projects 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. More recently, he has begun exploration of the role of the gut microbiome in sleep disorders and associated morbidities.  

He is the current Immediate Past President of the American Thoracic Society, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sleep Research Society 2014-2016, is editor in chief of the Journal of Child Science, deputy editor for the journals Sleep and Frontiers in Neurology. He has been the recipient of 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 and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Sleep Foundation.  His research work is supported by grants from the NIH, he has published over 585 peer-reviewed original articles, >130 book chapters and reviews, 3 books, and > 850 scientific abstracts, and has extensively lectured all over the world.