Daniel Buysse
Daniel J. Buysse, M.D., FAASM

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science

UPMC Endowed Chair in Sleep Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Awarded in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Daniel J. Buysse, an innovative clinical scientist and caring physician, for his rigorous research devoted to understanding and improving the lives of patients with insomnia; for broadly conceptualizing sleep health; for developing behavioral interventions for sleep problems; for recognizing the clinical importance of interactions between sleep and circadian rhythms; for his history of national and international leadership, serving as a president of both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society; for his commitment to teaching and mentorship; and for serving as a role model of professionalism and generosity, modesty and kindness.

Dr. Buysse’s notable areas of scientific and medical contributions include:

  • Pioneering the development of psychometric instruments in sleep research, including one of the most widely used patient-reported outcome scales assessing sleep quality.
  • Trailblazing research on insomnia, from its very definition as a clinical entity to its pathophysiology, diagnostic assessment, novel treatment approaches, and comparative effectiveness trials across behavioral and pharmacological therapies.
  • Authoring clinical practice guidelines for the pharmacological and psychological/behavioral treatment of insomnia
  • Developing and co-developing innovative treatments for patients with insomnia and sleep and circadian rhythm problems.
  • Training multiple generations of prominent sleep researchers and clinicians across disciplines with remarkable success.

Harvard Medical School
Division of Sleep Medicine

2023 Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine Prize Recipient

See more information about the 2023 Sleep and Health Benefit Dinner.