Vanderbilt Department of Neurology

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Beth Ann Malow, M.D.

Professor of Neurology


Dr. Malow received her B.S. degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1984 and her M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. She then did her internship in Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY from 1987-88. Her residency in the Harvard-Longwood Neurological Training Program in Boston, MA from 1988-91 was followed by a fellowship in epilepsy, EEG, and sleep at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD from 1991-94.

In 1995 she received a Clinical Investigator Development Award from the NIH while on faculty as assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she completed an M.S. degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis in 1997.

Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Malow was a tenured associate professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan and director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program and the General Clinical Research Center Sleep Program.

She is board certified in both Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine, and serves as an editorial board member and ad hoc reviewer for a number of professional journal and NIH study sections.


My clinical, educational, and research programs focus on the impact of treating sleep disorders on neurological disease. My own research has emphasized the interface of sleep and epilepsy, and more recently, sleep, autism, and related disorders of neurodevelopment. Through collaborations and mentorship, I am also involved in the study of sleep as relates to medical disorders, including diabetes, pulmonary disease, and cancer, as well as aspects of sleep medicine related to genetics and circadian biology. 

My administrative responsibilities include establishing and directing (1) An expanding sleep disorders division; (2) A multidisciplinary sleep center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which includes neurology, pulmonary, and pediatric sleep clinics as well as two hotel based sleep centers; and (3) An ACGME-accredited fellowship program in sleep medicine.

Click here to link to Dr. Malow's research studies.

Chihorek AM, Abou-Khalil B, Malow BA. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with seizure occurrence in older adults with epilepsy. Neurology 2007;69:1823-1827.

McGrew SG, Malow BA, Henderson L, Wang L, Song Y, Stone WL. A developmental and behavioral questionnaire for autism spectrum disorders. Pediatric Neurology 2007; 37(2): 108-116. '

Andersen IM, Kaczmarska J, McGrew SG, Malow BA. Melatonin for insomnia in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child Neurology 2008; 23(5): 482-5.

Malow BA, Foldvary-Schaefer N, Vaughn BV, Selwa LM, Chervin RD, Weatherwax KJ, Wang L, Song, Y. Treating obstructive sleep apnea in adults with epilepsy: A randomized pilot trial. Neurology 71(8):572-7.

Malow BA, McGrew S. Sleep Disturbances and Autism. In: Silber M, Ed, Neurologic Disorders in Sleep.  Sleep Medicine Clinics 2008; 3:479-488.

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