Dr. Robert C. Basner, MD

Dr. Basner, Professor of Clinical Medicine, is American Board of Internal Medicine certified in the specialties of internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine, and is also a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. An Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he is an internationally recognized clinician, researcher, and educator in sleep medicine and sleep and respiratory physiology, with a long standing interest in the physiology of autonomic, cardiovascular, and ventilatory modulation and interactions in awake and sleeping humans. He is an awardee of the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Sleep Academic Career Award program and the American Physiological Society, and an elected member of the Central Society for Clinical Research.

Dr. Basner is a steering committee member and American Thoracic Society voting member on the National Sleep Awareness Roundtable. He has chaired numerous international research and educational symposia and post graduate courses in sleep and respiratory medicine and physiology, and is current Chair of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine "Interpreting Sleep Studies" course. He is a co-editor of UpToDate, and serves on numerous editorial boards and study sections concerning sleep and respiratory physiology.

Dr. Basner is also director of the Pulmonary Diagnostic Unit at Columbia University Medical Center, consultant to the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center, and a member of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Measurement Development Panel of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Basner currently holds numerous grants as principal investigator and co-investigator, including grants from the ALS Association/Will Rogers Respiratory Institute Grant Program and the Muscular Dystrophy Association; he is a sleep protocol subcommittee member of the NIH/NHLBI sponsored investigation, "Sleep-Disordered Breathing During Pregnancy and Risks to Cardiovascular Health."