null Richard Kimoff, MD

Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC , Glen site

Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Department of Medicine, Division of Respiratory Medicine, MUHC



Sleep apnea • upper airway • neuromuscular • clinical outcomes • cardiometabolic • congestive heart failure • pregnancy

Research Focus

My research focuses on obstructive sleep apnea, a condition characterized by repeated episodes of interrupted breathing during sleep due to blockage of the airway and understanding why the airway closes during sleep, and how the episodes of breathing interruption affect daytime alertness, thinking and energy levels, as well as the functioning of the heart and blood vessel system and some hormones. I am studying this in several different patient groups including patients with neurologic disease (multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease), patients with chronic heart failure, and in pregnant women who may also develop sleep apnea during pregnancy. I am also working to understand how best to treat sleep apnea when it occurs and minimize the complications that apnea can cause.

Selected Publications

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  • Pamidi S, Pinot L, Marc I, Schwartman K, Benedetti A, Kimoff RJ. "Maternal sleep-disordered breathing and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review and metaanalysis". AJOG 2013; Vol 209; doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2013.07.033

  • Côté I, Trojan DA, Kaminska M, Cardoso M, Benedetti A, Weiss D, Robinson A, Bar-Or A, Lapierre Y, Kimoff RJ. "Impact of Sleep Disorder Treatment on Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis" Mult Sclerosis J 2013; 19(4): 480-9.

  • Jobin V, Rigau J, Beauregard J, Farre R, Monserrat J, Bradley TD, Kimoff RJ. "Evaluation of upper airway patency during Cheyne-Stokes breathing in heart failure patients". Eur Resp J 2012; 40(6): 1523-30

  • Kimoff RJ, Hamid Q, Divangahi M, Hussain S, Bao W, Naor N, Payne RJ, Ariyarajah A, Mulrain K, Petrof BJ. "Increased Upper Airway Cytokine Expression and Oxidative Stress in Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea". Eur Respir J 2011; 38:89-97.

  • Champagne, K., K. Schwartzman, L. Opatrny, P. Barriga, L. Morin, A. Mallozzi, A. Benjamin, R.J. Kimoff. "Obstructive sleep apnea and its association with gestational hypertension." Eur Respir J 2009; 33(3):559-65.