Rhythms of Life: Daniel Buysse

September 16, 2020

Dan Buysse has spent nearly forty years studying circadian rhythms and has become one of the most impactful thought leaders in sleep medicine. He has made significant contributions in advancing circadian science, translating research into practice, and training the next generation. Yet, before becoming a doctor and building a career at the University of Pittsburgh, Dan was a kid like any other. Going to college, let alone being a doctor, was aspirational. 

About Buysse

Daniel Buysse, MD, is the UPMC Professor of Sleep Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Buysse also directs the Center for Sleep and Circadian Science, leads a post-doctoral training program in translational research in sleep medicine, and serves as director of the CTSI’s Participant and Clinical Interaction Core.  He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh.


Key Highlights

  • 1:37 Blue collar background
  • 4:20 College and Medical School
  • 6:59 Fantastic in Literature
  • 8:43 Why study sleep?
  • 12:43 Explosion of knowledge
  • 15:39 The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index
  • 10:02 Sleep during a pandemic
  • 22:09 Running for 50 years
  • 23:52 Persistent
  • 25:14 The circle of life