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About Christopher Schmickl, MD, PhD, MPH

Christopher Schmickl, MD, PhD, is board-certified in internal and sleep medicine. He practices general sleep medicine, with a focus on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially for patients interested in hypoglossal nerve (upper airway) stimulation or who are undergoing weight loss surgery.

He feels sleep is vital to good health and finds it very rewarding to see how transformative improvements in sleep can be for patients. His goal is to make recommendations that empower his patients to make informed decisions that are best for their condition and needs.

As a physician-scientist focusing his research on novel and personalized therapies for patients with OSA, he believes there are great synergisms between clinical and scientific work. He shares, "Being a clinician helps me design research that is clinically relevant and applicable, whereas my work as a researcher enables me to treat patients based on cutting-edge medical evidence."

Dr. Schmickl completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He did his residency in internal medicine at Boston University Medical Center.

In addition, he earned a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University. Dr. Schmickl received his medical and doctoral degrees from University of Witten/Herdecke Medical School in Germany.

He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

In his spare time Dr. Schmickl enjoys playing soccer, surfing, hiking, traveling, cooking and spending time with his family. A native of Bavaria, he is fluent in German as well as English.

UC San Diego Health Links
For more information, see Sleep Medicine Center.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • University Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany

Fellowship

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Residency

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Doctoral Degree

  • University Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany

Gender

  • Male

Languages

  • German

Date Joined Staff

  • 2018-09-01

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

Conditions and Treatments

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted