Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Exceptional clinical training at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center

Nationally Recognized for Innovations in Sleep Medicine

About Our Program

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With its pioneering history and forward-thinking approach, the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at HCMC trains the next generation of sleep specialists in all aspects of sleep-wake and circadian disorders, including sleep neuroscience, parasomnias, hypersomnias, sleep-related movement disorders, and sleep-disordered breathing in cardiovascular and pulmonary disease settings.

Our dual-site program delivers a wide spectrum of patient diversity and clinical experience. Fellows rotate at dedicated sleep clinics within two of the region’s largest academic training hospitals, HCMC and the University of Minnesota-Fairview. Fellows work side-by-side with staff who are leaders in the field and passionate about teaching. Together, we are actively re-envisioning how we can innovate care delivery in sleep medicine.

Our program was founded in 1977 and ACGME-accredited beginning in 2005.

What sets us apart

  • History of discovery. Our fellows join a nationally recognized program with a long tradition of research and innovation. HCMC researchers were first to recognize several common sleep disorders, including REM sleep behavior disorder and its link to Parkinson’s disease, and sleep-related eating disorder and its relationship to restless leg syndrome. Our team continues to investigate these and other sleep-wake disorders with ongoing research and clinical trials.
  • Complex cases. As one of the country’s first sleep medicine centers, our 30-year history draws national and international referrals for complicated conditions and rare disorders. Fellows gain hands-on experience evaluating and treating patients with severe cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders, including heart and lung transplants; heart failure; pulmonary fibrosis; and complex neuromuscular diseases and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Rotations at HCMC also feature a large clinical population of neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Patient diversity. At HCMC, the region’s primary healthcare system for urban and underserved individuals, fellows care for patients from across the spectrum of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with healthcare needs at all levels of severity. Rotations at the University of Minnesota include patients from across a large hospital network. Both sites feature comprehensive pediatric experience.
  • Post-fellowship opportunities. More than 100 physicians have received advanced sleep medicine training at HCMC since our program was founded in 1977. Our alumni hold clinical and research positions around the world. Since 2005, 100% of our graduates who have taken sleep medicine board exams have passed.

About Our Facility

Fellows rotate in six-month blocks at dedicated sleep medicine clinics within Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota.

HCMC Facts

The Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center (MRSDC) is located in the main HCMC campus in downtown Minneapolis. Founded in 1977, the MRSDC provides in-patient and out-patient clinical services and conducts cutting-edge sleep disorder research.

HCMC’s Minneapolis campus spans five city blocks and houses in-patient and ambulatory services, our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, and numerous specialty clinics. HCMC provides the full spectrum of care for patients, from primary care to hospitalization through rehabilitation.

University of Minnesota Facts

The Sleep Medicine Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview provides comprehensive collaborative care for an array of sleep disorders. The clinic operates through a partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota Physicians, and is a division of Fairview Health Services, a statewide network of hospitals, clinics, and related health services.


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Muna Irfan, MD

Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program Director

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Danelle Sullivan

Program Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-8723

Hennepin County Medical Center
Department of Neurology
701 Park Avenue South P5.407
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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The Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program is ACGME accredited.

Learn More about Sleep Medicine at HCMC

Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center: The Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center (MRSDC) at HCMC is a fully-accredited, full-service sleep disorders center, offering an experienced, objective, and systematic approach to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-wake disorders.

Sleep Medicine Clinic, University of Minnesota: The Sleep Medicine Clinic at University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview provides comprehensive collaborative care for an array of sleep disorders.