The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Fellowship Training

History of the Montefiore Sleep-Wake Disorders Center 

  • Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) have a long tradition of excellence in Sleep disorder diagnosis, management and education.
  • Established in early 1975, the program was the first accredited program (1977) by the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers, now known as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  • As part of the Center, the narcolepsy program, which includes the National Narcolepsy Registry and the Narcolepsy Institute is a state sponsored advocacy and outreach program for patients with Narcolepsy.

Goals of the Fellowship Program 

  • To provide clinical training in all aspects of Sleep Medicine in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • To provide the opportunity for training and participation in basic and clinical research pertinent to the field of Sleep Medicine.

Requirements of Fellowship Application 

  • Successful completion of an accredited residency training program in a relevant discipline (i.e., neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine/pulmonary, pediatric pulmonary, or ENT) and board eligibility in that field.
Length of Fellowship: 
1 year
Start date: 
July 1st
January-August for the following year

Imran Ahmed, MD 
Assistant Professor of Neurology 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Co-Director, Sleep Medicine Training Program 
Montefiore Medical Center 
Neurology Department-Sleep-Wake Disorders Center 
111 East 210th Street 
Bronx, NY 10467

Clinical Practice 

  1. Fellows will evaluate and care for patients with sleep disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
    1. The inpatients are seen as consults. Sleep Medicine consults are called in either to the Pulmonary service or the Neurology service. The sleep medicine consults to the Pulmonary service are primarily for medical (pulmonary, internal medicine, cardiology) and surgical patients. The consults called in to the Neurology service are primarily for the evaluation of Neurology/Epilepsy and Pediatric patients. In addition, the pulmonary sleep medicine program is an inpatient sleep program with patients often being admitted for sleep studies directly from the inpatient service.
    2. The outpatients are seen in the subspecialty clinics. 
      Adult Pulmonary sleep clinic : the fellows see patients (new and their follow ups) and are supervised by David Appel, M.D., Diplomate of the ABSM. Adult Neurology sleep clinic : the fellows see patients (new and their follow ups) and are supervised by Michael Thorpy, M.D., Diplomate of the ABSM and Imran Ahmed, M.D. 
      Pediatric Pulmonary sleep clinic
       : the fellows see their follow up patients as well as new patients and are supervised by Ranaan Arens, M.D., Diplomate of the ABSM. 
      Pediatric Neurology sleep clinic : the fellows see their follow up patients as well as new patients and are supervised by Karen Ballaban-Gil, M.D., Associate Director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center. 
      ENT clinic : the fellows see new and follow up patients and are supervised by either Marvin Fried, M.D. or S. Parikh, M.D.
  2. Fellows will also have formal education and clinical experience with performing and interpreting diagnostic tests, including: poysomnography, MSLT, MWT, CPAP/BPAP titration/use, and Actigraphy.

Research Opportunities 

The Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in research projects.

 Sleep Medicine fellows have the option of taking course work in the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP). This program, funded by the NIH, provides future investigators with basic and applied knowledge in the core disciplines of clinical investigation: biostatistics and epidemiology. Additional course work is available in research ethics and medical communication, as well as elective courses geared to each participant’s interest. All program scholars will learn how to effectively design clinical research studies; how to ensure that high ethical standards are met; how to organize the study team; how to apply for and obtain funding; how to collect, manage, and analyze data; and how to report their results. This will enhance the scholars’ chances of developing successful careers in clinical research.

Department Chairman

Mark Mehler Mark F. Mehler, M.D. (bio)

Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chair of The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Alpern Family Foundation Chair in Cerebral Palsy Research
Director, Institute for Brain Disorders and Neural Regeneration

Letter from the Chairman