"Michael J. Thorpy, MD, board-certified in sleep disorders medicine, is director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Both a clinician and a well-published researcher, Dr Thorpy serves as professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is the past chairman of the Sleep Section of the American Academy of Neurology. In addition, Dr Thorpy is the past secretary of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and was founder and director of the NSF's National Narcolepsy Registry, which is located at Montefiore. Dr Thorpy was born in New Zealand and earned his medical degree from the University of Otago in 1973. He has published extensively on narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep disorders. His numerous books include the Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. He has written more than 50 articles, including publications in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr Thorpy's comprehensive computerized textbook of sleep, SleepMultiMedia (on CD-ROM), is the only one of its kind. In 1993, he was awarded one of the field of sleep’s highest honors: the Nathaniel Kleitman Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "