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Dr. David Gozal

Vice President

American Thoracic Society

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American Thoracic Society

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New York, New York 10004

United States

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The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is a non-profit, international, professional and scientific society for respiratory, critical care and sleep medicine. The ATS is committed globally to the prevention and treatment of respiratory disease through researc ... more

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Employment History

Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
University of Chicago

Chair of Pediatrics At Comer Children's Hospital
University of Chicago

Herbert T. Abelson Professor In the Department of Pediatrics
University of Chicago

Founding Director KCHRI and Vice-Chair for Research
University of Louisville

Professor of Pediatrics
University of Louisville

Professor of Paediatrics
University of Louisville

Comer Children's Hospital

Herbert T. Abelson Professor of Pediatrics
Comer Children's Hospital

Pediatric Sleep Medicine Physician
Comer Children's Hospital

Chairman of Pediatrics
University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital

Chairman of Paediatrics
University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital

Herbert T. Abelson Professor and Chairman



Board Member
American Thoracic Society

American Thoracic Society




M.D. Louisville

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ATS Leadership

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David Gozal, MD

David Gozal, MD, was installed as vice president. He will serve as ATS president from 2016 to 2017. Dr. Gozal is the Herbert T. Abelson professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Planning Committee, and will co-chair the Audit and Finance Committee. He also serves on the ATS Foundation Board of Trustees.
An ATS Member since 1991, Dr. Gozal was honored as an 2002 Amberson Lecturer and delivered the presentation "Neurobehavioral Deficits of Sleep-Disordered Breathing: Evidence For Developmentally-Regulated Brain Injury, Inflammation and Repair. He's a member of the Assemblies of Sleep Respiratory & Neurobiology and Pediatrics and had served on the ATS Board of Directors as chair of the SRN (then RNS) from May 2001 to June 2003, and also served in the Planning and Evaluation and Health Policy Committees, and on the SRN Assembly Planning Committee. He also served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Before joining the University of Chicago in 2009, Dr. Gozal established the Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville, and had also taught at Tulane University, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Southern California. Early in his career, Dr. Gozal helped to develop rural health care networks in Cameroon, West Africa, and was honored as a "Knight of the Order of Merit" of Cameroon.

ATS News

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Board of Directors

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David Gozal, MD

Vice President

ATS News :: ATS News

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David Gozal, MD Secretary-Treasurer

Obesity | Dr. Walt's Health Blog

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"In the United States, the sleep of our children is clearly not enough," said lead researcher Dr. David Gozal, chair of pediatrics at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago.

Gozal's team monitored the sleep patterns of 308 children for a week and compared their sleep patterns with their body mass index (BMI), which is a measurement that takes into account height and weight. The children, who were 4 to 10 years old, averaged eight hours of sleep a night.
"This is way lower than the recommended amount of sleep that kids should get, which is about 9.5 to 10 hours at this age," Gozal said.
Among the children who got the recommended amount of sleep, the risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems was nil, Gozal said.
"But, as the amount of sleep became shorter and the regularity of sleep became less organized, the risk for obesity increased," he said.
"Kids who had the shortest sleep and had a more disorganized sleep schedule had more than a fourfold increase in the risk of being obese," he noted.
These children also had increased risk for cardiovascular problems and pre-diabetes, Gozal said.
However, if these children consistently slept longer on weekends to compensate, the risk for obesity and metabolic problems was reduced to a 2.8-fold increase. "It did not normalize it. It's still a risk but not as much as keeping your crazy short sleep schedule even during weekends," Gozal said.
It is this combination of less sleep and irregular sleep that appears to result in metabolic problems, such as high blood sugar, Gozal said.
The report is published online Jan. 24 in advance of print publication in the journal Pediatrics.
Gozal says that other studies have shown that inadequate sleep has biological effects, including high blood sugar and cravings for sweet and high-fat foods. Insufficient sleep also makes it harder to lose weight, he said.
"All this would suggest that sleep is an important regulator of metabolism," Gozal said. "If we abuse our sleep by not sleeping enough, then we are likely to pay the price by being heavy and being at risk for cardiovascular and all the other metabolic complications," he said.
Children are sleeping less for various reasons, Gozal said. Busy family schedules and electronic media - cell phones, computers and TV - interfere with healthy bedtime routines. The result is that sleep suffers, he said, noting that while bedtime can be extended, we still have to get up at the same time.
"Children should follow a regular [sleep] schedule," Gozal said. "Follow the rule of sleep and you will be happy," he urged.
The study found that parents tend to overestimate the amount of sleep their kids get, usually by 60 to 90 minutes, Gozal said.

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