Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
211 South Ninth Street, Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-4703

Letter from Director

I’m delighted to learn of your interest in the Fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.

Our program is based within the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center, the first sleep medicine program to be established in Philadelphia. Although the ACGME-accredited fellowship was instituted in 2005, the Center has hosted fellows since the mid 1980’s.  Our program is affiliated with Jefferson Medical College, one of the oldest and largest medical schools in the country and an institution rich with medical history.

Our primary goal is to develop independent practitioners of sleep medicine.  We provide a comprehensive curriculum which is suitable for physicians from all host disciplines.  Core faculty members include Karl Doghramji, MD (Program Director), Dimitri Markov, MD, Ritu Grewal, MD and Zhanna Fast, MD.  The program has 20 additional faculty members representing multiple disciplines including otolaryngology, pulmonary medicine, psychiatry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, neurology, psychology, pediatrics, cardiology, gastroenterology, and nutritional health. The diversity in faculty reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum.  Fellows experience patients and perform testing in a wide range of diagnostic entities, utilize and learn the gamut of therapeutic options in sleep medicine, and develop competency in the evaluation and management of inpatient and outpatient sleep disorders in all age ranges. Fellows are also actively involved in teaching and research. Those who have completed our program have obtained careers in both academic and clinical environments. 

I invite you to learn more about our program through this website.

If you wish to apply for a fellowship position, please forward your request and any other questions to Christina Oh, Education Coordinator, at 211 S. Ninth Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19107. You may also contact Christina by telephone at 215-955-4847.


Karl Doghramji, MD
Program Director, Fellowship in Sleep Medicine


Just a little bit about me. I graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1980 and did my Internal Medicine internship at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center from 1980-1981 and my Psychiatry residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from 1981-1984. I then began my career in sleep medicine at a time when there were only a handful of physicians in the field by completing my fellowship in sleep medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York.  Since then, I have been Medical Director of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center.  Over the years, I climbed the academic ladder and, in 2001, achieved the rank of full Professor.  I dedicate all of my academic and clinical time to teaching and research in sleep medicine, and to evaluating and treating patients with sleep disorders.  

I have been an active member of many professional organizations and have, for nearly two decades, been the director and lecturer for national and international courses pertaining to sleep disorders.  I have held numerous committee positions with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and have served as an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.  In 1998, I was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and in 1994, was elected Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  I have served as a reviewer for numerous medical journals and have authored more than 150 journal publications and book chapters and have edited and written three books.  My published works and research have focused on sleep and its disorders.

What does this mean for you?  I use my experience, both professional and personal, to make your fellowship a meaningful and fun learning experience.

I invite you to explore our web site to learn more about us.