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John Weyl Winkelman, MD, PhD

  • Phone: 617-643-9101
Departments
Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Interests
Restless legs syndrome
Insomnia
Sleep Apnea
Sleep related eating disorder
Parasomnias
Locations
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
PhD, Harvard University
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Gender
Male
Patient Age Group
Adult
Accepting New Patients
Yes

Biography

Dr. Winkelman received his PhD in Psychobiology from Harvard University, an MD from Harvard Medical School and then completed both a residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was Medical Director of the Sleep Program at McLean Hospital and subsequently Medical Director of the sleep laboratory at Brigham and Women'ss Hospital. He is currently an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Sleep Disorders Clinical Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Winkelman's research has primarily focused in two areas: 1) epidemiology, physiology, cardiovascular consequences and treatment of restless legs syndrome, and 2) neurobiology and treatment of insomnia. He has lectured in and directed post-graduate medical education courses in sleep disorders nationally and internationally. Dr. Winkelman is chair of the American Academy of Neurology practice parameter committee for the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome, on the Executive committee of the International RLS Study Group, is an Associate Editor of Sleep and serves on the editorial boards of Sleep Medicine and CNS Drugs. He has published more than 100 articles, reviews and book chapters and is also the editor of the textbook Foundations of Psychiatric Sleep Medicine, Cambridge University Press (2011).

Pregabalin effectively treats restless leg syndrome, less likely than dopamine drugs to worsen symptoms

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Sleep Disorders Clinical Research Program
One Bowdoin Square
9th floor
Boston, MA 02114-2790

Phone: 617-643-9101
Phone 2: 617-724-7426

Neurology Associates
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-724-7426

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