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Stuart F. Quan, M.D.
Dr. Quan is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He did residency training in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and fellowships in Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and University of Arizona respectively. Currently, he is the Gerald E. McGinnis Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Editor of the Sleep and Health Education Program at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine. In addition, he is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Arizona where he was Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Associate Head of the Department of Medicine, Program Director of the General Clinical Research Center and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Dr. Quan also has served as the president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (1999-2000) and was on the board of directors of the American Board of Sleep Medicine (1990-96), a member of the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (2006-11); and chair of the Sleep Medicine examination committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine (2007-11). In addition, he co-authored the new sleep scoring manual for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Quan's current research activities focus on the epidemiology of sleep and sleep disorders, particularly sleep disordered breathing.

Entries by Stuart F. Quan, M.D.

The Sleep Paradox: We Need It But Choose Not to Get It

(15) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 8:13 AM

Is sleep essential for life? In 1978, a pioneering sleep researcher wrote "If sleep does not serve an absolutely vital function, then it is the biggest mistake the evolutionary process has ever made." Today, current sleep scientists have verified that this was not an evolutionary error and that...

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Sleeping on a Jet Plane

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 8:39 AM

I am at 30,000 feet in the air sitting in an airplane, a narrow metal tube 12 feet across. Fellow passengers ahead and behind me are sleeping because we boarded at 7:20 a.m., and like myself probably had awakened at 5:00 a.m. or earlier to be at the airport on...

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Thanksgiving and Sleep Deficiency

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 10:38 AM

One of most meaningful holidays for all Americans is Thanksgiving, the last Thursday in November. It is the time when millions of us travel near and far by car, rail and plane sometimes enduring icy roads, crowded airports and unexpected delays to visit our friends and relatives. With the changing...

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Body Language: Not Just a Political Message

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 12:05 PM

In the aftermath and post-mortem discussion of President Obama's performance during his first debate with Governor Romney, one television pundit opined that the president's body language exhibited the wrong non-verbal cues to the approximately 67 million television viewers. Just as body language may be an important...

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Sleepier at the Democratic National Convention

(6) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Are we better off than now than four years ago? That was the minefield question asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News to Obama advisors yesterday. While Democrats attempt to formulate a coherent response this week at their national convention in Charlotte, we can ask the same question to ourselves...

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Sleepless at the Republican National Convention

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 10:28 AM

Having missed Tropical Storm Issac, I managed to fly into Tampa to represent the Harvard Division of Sleep Medicine as part of the Huffington Post's Health Oasis at the Republican National Convention. As one might imagine, the site of the RNC is a flurry of activity with delegates, party officials,...

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More Sleep Equals Less Weight -- An Opportunity Lost?

(23) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 9:36 AM

There is an epidemic of obesity in this country affecting all ages, both genders and all ethnic groups. Thus, the report "Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation" from the prestigious Institute of Medicine, adds to the decibel of beating drums calling for national...

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