Debra E. Weese-Mayer, MD

Chief, Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics; Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Beatrice Cummings Mayer Professor in Pediatric Autonomic Medicine


Special Interests

Research in genetic disorders of the autonomic nervous system and respiratory control; congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS); rapid onset obesity with hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation, and autonomic dysregulation (ROHHAD);  sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); Rett syndrome​; development of tools to objectivity evaluate the autonomic nervous system

Research Interests

Autonomic medicine; circadian rhythms; developmental neurobiology; developmental genetics; endocrine genetics; pacemakers; respiratory diseases; sudden cardiac death

Biographical Information

Professional Organizations

Society for Pediatric Research, American Thoracic Society, American Autonomic Society Statement on Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics, CJ Foundation for SIDS Scientific Advisory Board, RADICA-FRE Scientific Advisory Board

Medical School

University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 1978

Postgraduate Training

Fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine and control of breathing, Lurie Children's (Formerly Children's Memorial Hospital), 1982-1986; Residency in pediatrics, Lurie Children's (Formerly Children's Memorial Hospital), 1978-1981


Board certified in: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, General Pediatrics

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