Expert Conversations: Pediatric Sleep Medicine and COVID-19




In this podcast, David Ingram, MD, moderates a conversation with Maida Chen, MD; Pallavi Patwari, MD; Kevin Smith, PhD; Bobbi Hopkins, MD; and Michael McLeland, PhD, about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting pediatric sleep medicine. Solutions for moving clinic visits to telehealth, concerns about pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, and adaptations in sleep labs are just a few of the topics that they discuss. The podcast is part of the American Thoracic Society’s “Breathe Easy Critical Perspective” series.

Additional Resource:

COVID-19 Resources. American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Accessed April 29, 2020.

David Ingram

David G. Ingram, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and is a member of the Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Team at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Maida Chen

Maida Chen, MD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

Pallavi Patwari

Pallavi P. Patwari, MD, specializes in sleep medicine and pediatric critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center and is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

Kevin Smith

Kevin C. Smith, PhD, specializes in pediatric sleep medicine and child psychology at Children’s Mercy Hospital and is a child psychologist and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Bobbi Hopkins

Bobbi Hopkins, MD, is the medical director of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Sleep Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is also part-time faculty at John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Michael McLeland

Michael McLeland, PhD, is the manager/technical director of the Sleep Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the director of the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.


Published in partnership with American Thoracic Society

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