W. Christopher Winter

W. Christopher Winter MD (born 1972 in Roanoke, Virginia) is a sleep medicine specialist and neurologist. He has practiced sleep medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2004, but has been involved with sleep medicine and sleep research since 1993 when he began working as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Paul Suratt at the University of Virginia Sleep Disorders Center. Currently, he is the medical director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center in Charlottesville, Virginia and President of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Winter was recently appointed to the Advisory Board as their first sleep medicine specialist.
Winter has been a speaker for pharmaceutical companies and has lectured on behalf of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Cephalon. He has also been a speaker for Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and Major League Baseball.
As a recipient of research awards from both the Sleep Medicine Society and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Winter has authored numerous scientific papers and abstracts dealing with sleep and has been a presenter at international sleep meetings. He has been quoted in a number of national publications, including articles in Men’s Health on polyphasic sleep and a comprehensive health audit.
Currently, Dr. Winter's research deals with sleep and its effect on athletic performance. In June 2010, his research on chrontype effects on professional baseball pitchers was presented in San Antonio. Articles about this study appeared in several media outlets including and MSN Health & Fitness. Major League Baseball awarded him with a grant in November 2006 to study the effect of travel and circadian advantage on team performance. This study was published in September 2009 in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Articles featuring his work on circadian advantage have appeared in Scientific American, the LA Times, and ScienceNews. He has also appeared on NPR's Science Friday. He has written an article on jet lag and how it affects triathletes in Triathlete magazine.
Winter is also studying the causes of sleepiness in Division I-A college football players and recently presented his findings on 560 current players at the annual international sleep meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Winter is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received his medical degree from Emory University. While at Emory, he continued his sleep research under Dr. Donald Bliwise at the Emory University Sleep Disorders Center. He completed his Neurology residency at the University of Virginia and won a national American Academy of Neurology Teaching Award during his chief year. He completed his Sleep Medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina Sleep Disorders Center under Dr. Bradley Vaughn. Winter is board certified in both neurology and sleep medicine.
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