Dr. Peter Karczmar: Salon at the Athenaeum

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Dr. Peter Karczmar Discussion on Sleep

karczmarCoastal Medical Sleep Disorders Center Medical Director and Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Assistant Professor of Medicine Dr. Peter Karczmar will discuss “Sleep: The Final Frontier…And Why Thomas Edison Ruined It.” For most of the human experience, sleep and death walked hand in hand. It was only in the 1950s that we made discoveries that deepened our understanding of what sleep is and why it’s important. Our modern 24/7 world is not conducive to proper sleep, yet we long for a good night’s sleep no less than our ancestors did. Karczmar considers the history of sleep, its representation in literature, and our current understanding of why no one gets enough of it.

Event is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Peter Karczmar: Dr. Peter Karczmar is a board-certified specialist in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.  He is also board-certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.  He graduated from Columbia University and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  His practice provides comprehensive care for patients with breathing and sleep disorders.  His focus encompasses all aspects of pulmonary disorders including, but not limited to asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis/interstitial lung disease, work-related lung disease, chronic cough, and lung cancer.  The sleep medicine portion of his practice includes care of patients with insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, and parasomnias (abnormal behaviors during sleep).

Dr. Karczmar is also active on many committees at Coastal Medical and the Miriam Hospital, where he served as the Medical Staff President through 2012.  He is also the recipient of several awards for excellence in teaching at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor.  These include the Internal Medicine Residency Program Teaching Award, the Dean’s Teaching Recognition Award, and the Beckwith Family Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Sponsors: Kate and Arthur Chute

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