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Christian Guilleminault (1938-2019)

Christian Guilleminault (1938-2019) It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Christian Guilleminault (“CG” as he was known by colleagues) on July 9, 2019, from complications due to metastatic prostate cancer. Dr. Guilleminault died peacefully at the age of 80 with his wife, Priscilla Grevert, by his side. Dr. Guilleminault’s two sons, Eric Guilleminault (Scottsdale, Arizona) and Damian Guilleminault (Paris, France) were with him in his final weeks.

Dr. Guilleminault is famous for his involvement in the first classification and identification of sleep disorders. His groundbreaking research in the areas of sleep apnea, pediatric sleep disorders and narcolepsy made him a leader in the field of sleep medicine and research. It was his life’s mission to develop and bring awareness of this new field–the creation of sleep medicine.

Dedicating his life to advancing the science and clinical practices of treating sleep apnea and sleep related conditions, Dr. Guilleminault touched the lives of patients and colleagues, and remains a pioneer in the field of sleep medicine worldwide. Throughout his career, Dr. Guilleminault mentored hundreds of physicians and scientists.

Please see the World Sleep Society Page for comments and memories about CG from his colleagues in the sleep community


Dear Pediatric Sleep Community:

It is with great sadness that I write to share the heartbreaking news that Carole L. Marcus, Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), died Sunday afternoon after a brief hospitalization.

Carole was a remarkable clinician, clinical investigator, and educator who leaves behind legions of friends, colleagues, students, and mentees at CHOP, the University of Pennsylvania, and throughout the ATS both nationally and internationally. She improved the lives of countless patients through her unique clinical expertise and her high impact patient-oriented research. She served as Director of the CHOP Sleep Center and the CHOP Clinical and Translational Research Center/Center for Human Phenomic Science and was Associate Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Carole grew up in South Africa and obtained her medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. She completed residency training at SUNY Brooklyn and fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She was a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University from 1991 to 2003 before being recruited to CHOP.

Carole was recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in sleep medicine. She had a remarkable research career that was always evolving. She performed detailed physiological studies on the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), describing the relative roles of anatomy and neuromotor control of the upper airway from infancy to adolescence. In recent years she performed multi-center clinical trials with colleagues across the country studying neurobehavioral effects of OSA and culminating in a recent trial of adenotonsillectomy vs watchful waiting in the treatment of pediatric OSA. She held virtually every leadership position in pediatric sleep medicine at some point during her abbreviated career and received numerous awards, including the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award in Sleep Medicine. She was an active participant in the ATS serving in many roles in the SRN assembly including on both Planning and Program Committees. Her colleagues and mentees will remember her as a tireless advocate for the interdisciplinary approach to the care of children with sleep disorders.

She was surrounded by family at the time of her premature death and died very peacefully. Please keep Carole and her family in your thoughts – we will all miss her greatly.


David Gozal, MD, MBA


Professor Avi Sadeh, a pioneer in the field of pediatric sleep and actigraphy, died on September 19, 2016. Dr. Sadeh earned his B.A. and M.A. in psychology at Haifa University (Israel), and his D.Sc. from the School of Medicine, The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University (Providence, RI) before joining the faculty at Tel Aviv University (Israel) in 1992. Dr. Sadeh was a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in treating infants, children, and families. In addition to teaching and training dozens of graduate students in clinical child psychology, Dr. Sadeh was a leader in the field of pediatric sleep. He authored Sleeping Like a Baby, published by Yale University Press, and published over 130 scientific papers on sleep assessment methods, sleep disorders in infants and children, and on the links between sleep and child development. He was among the first researchers to demonstrate actigraphy as a valid way to estimate sleep-wake patterns. Dr. Sadeh also served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sleep Research, and was on the editorial board for Sleep Medicine Reviews and Sleep, as well as moderated the Pediatric Sleep Listserv for the past 19 years. Anyone who had the good fortune of knowing or working with Dr. Sadeh will remember him as a kind and caring colleague, who was dedicated to his family. He will be missed by all in the sleep community, and we send our deepest condolences to his family, including his wife Yael, his children Adi, Gili, and Roni, and his beloved grandchildren. 

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