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Valley Welcomes New Director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., M.S., Leads Valley’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center

Valley Health System is pleased to announce that Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., M.S., has joined Valley Medical Group as Director of The Valley Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center. 

Dr. Zandieh is triple board-certified in sleep medicine, pediatric pulmonology, and pediatrics.  As a pediatric sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Zandieh focuses on the comprehensive care of patients from infancy to young adulthood. 

“Sleep is vital,” she says. “Poor sleep and sleep deprivation are associated with cognitive impairment, obesity, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disturbances, daytime behavior problems, diabetes, and hypertension. By focusing on this important yet often neglected aspect of health, I strive to optimize a child's potential.”

Some of the most common sleep disorders to affect children from birth to young adulthood are apnea of prematurity, obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, behavioral sleep-related problems, restless leg syndrome, delayed sleep phase disorder, parasomnias, and narcolepsy. 

“Sleepiness in children is not normal,” notes Dr. Zandieh. “During our initial evaluation we uncover what might be affecting each child’s ability to attain healthy sleep patterns.”

Risk factors for sleep disorders might include obesity, craniofacial disorders that affect breathing, lung disease, large tonsils and adenoids, depression, metabolic syndrome, behavioral sleep issues, hormones, thyroid disease, anxiety, asthma, and epilepsy. Children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular disorders are also at risk for sleep disorders. 

Symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders might include:
·    snoring or noisy breathing during sleep
·    excessive daytime sleepiness or trouble focusing
·    attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 
·    irritability during the day 
·    difficulty falling or staying asleep

“Sleep problems often require a combination of treatment modalities,” says Dr. Zandieh. “By collaborating with parents, we can help our patients attain the foundations of good sleep for the rest of their lives as well as treat medical problems that may co-exist.”

Patients may be referred to the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center by their pediatricians or other physicians, or parents may call directly to make an appointment. Dr. Zandieh’s systematic approach to treating sleep disorders includes a medical consultation, evaluation, testing/sleep monitoring, diagnosis, and recommended treatment plan. 

Dr. Zandieh is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She received her medical degree at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, and she completed her residency in pediatrics at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein Medical College in New York City. Dr. Zandieh completed a research fellowship at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in clinical epidemiology and health services research, and went on to complete two clinical fellowships in pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her current research focuses on the evaluation and clinical impact of sleep disorders in children and adolescents. 

For more information about Valley’s children’s services, visit and click on Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center from the drop-down menu at the top right of the page. To make an appointment at the Center, please call 201-447-8152.