Orfeu Buxton, PhD

Orfeu Buxton, PhD

Orfeu Buxton, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Neuroscientist, Department of Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Dr. Buxton’s research primarily focuses on 1) the causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace, home, and society, and 2) the health consequences of chronic sleep deficiency, especially cardiometabolic outcomes, and the physiologic and social mechanisms by which these outcomes arise.This work involves both inpatient and field-based interdisciplinary human research studies.  Successful aging is a central focus. Dr. Buxton serves on the Internal Advisory Board and as a site-PI for the  Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being.  Dr. Buxton leads the Biomarker and Actigraphy Data Coordinating Center for the Work, Family, and Health Study, among others.

Dr. Buxton earned his doctoral degree in Neuroscience from Northwestern University, and then had post-doctoral training in sleep and endocrinology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Buxton was a co-founder of the National Postdoctoral Association (nationalpostdoc.org), a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. In the Harvard Division of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Buxton serves as Chair of the Education Committee.  Dr. Buxton also teaches at Harvard University.