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Dr. Hrayr Attarian
Dr. Hrayr Attarian
Professor of neurology and sleep medicine physician, Northwestern Medicine Chicago, Illinois, US
“I believe in empowering patients by educating them and partnering with them in their own care. I find it rewarding to help patients improve their sleep and, therefore, their quality of life.”
Areas of expertise
  • Sleep medicine
  • Neurology
“Having a good night’s sleep on a regular basis is such an important aspect of our overall health and well-being, and I take great joy in being able to help people on a daily basis improve their sleeping patterns.”
— Dr. Hrayr Attarian
  • Northwestern University – Professor, since 2010
  • Lebanese American University – Adjunct professor
  • Yerevan State Medical University – Adjunct professor
  • Loyola University – Associate professor, 2009–2010
  • University of Vermont – Associate professor, 2003–2009
  • Washington University – Assistant professor, 1999–2003
  • Board certified in sleep medicine and neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology
  • Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in sleep medicine
  • University of Minnesota – Fellowship in sleep medicine, 1999
  • University of Rochester – Fellowship in neurophysiology and epileptology, 1998
  • The State University of New York Upstate Medical – Residency in neurology, 1993–1997
  • American University of Beirut – Degree in medicine, 1992
  • American University of Beirut – Bachelor’s degree in general biology, 1988
Academic memberships
  • Member of the World Sleep Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Neurology, Society for Refugee Health, and American College of Chest Physicians
Awards and achievements
  • Excellence in Teaching Award at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2013–2021
  • Nicholas Vick Excellence in Teaching Award Winner at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2014
  • Patient Care Hero award from the American Academy of Dermatology, July 2019 
  • Chicago Magazine/Castle Connolly’s Best Doctors of Chicago, June 2020–2023
  • Outstanding Mentor Award American University of Beirut Medical Research Volunteer Program –International Program, 2023
Appearances and publications in other media

Published three textbooks and 75 peer-reviewed medical papers

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, vol. 19, no. 7, pp. 1191–98.,
01 Jul 2023
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness among Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers in Lusaka, Zambia
International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 387–91.,
02 Nov 2020
Syrian Female War Refugees: Preliminary Fibromyalgia and Insomnia Screening and Treatment Trends
Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 1125–33.,
01 Jul 2019
The Prevalence and the Predictors of Insomnia among Refugees
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