Jeffrey Ellenbogen


Jeffrey Ellenbogen sleeping
Director, The Sound Sleep Project™
Mission: to optimize health and performance through advanced sleep and neuroscience
Jeffrey Ellenbogen firefighter
Fire Surgeon and Firefighter, BCoFD
Purpose: to rapidly respond with peak performance in extreme elements 




  • Postdoctoral Fellow


  • Masters Degree, Medical Sciences (MMSc)

  • Thesis: Sleep's Influence on Memory


  • Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiolgy

  • Residency: Neurology

  • Internship: Medicine

Tufts University


  • Medical Degree (MD)


  • Bachelor's Degree (With honors, The History of Art)


U.S. Department of Defense
2019 - 2022


Uniformed Services University

National Intrepid Center of Excellence

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 


Clinical roles: Neurologist & Sleep-Medicine Doctor 

Research roles: neurophysiology of sleep; neuro-engineering of sleep physiology; acoustics and sleep 

The Sound Sleep Project

2012 - present


This project undertakes and employs advanced sleep research in order to optimize performance, health, and wellness of people.  

Harvard Medical School
2007 - 2013


  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

  • Director, Sleep Division, Mass General Hospital​​



Neurologist Jeffrey Ellenbogen Talks Sleep on WUTB

When you go to sleep, your heart still beats, your lungs still exchange gases, but your brain makes a drastic and incredible shift in physiology. Respect that process and you're already 95% on your way to a great night's sleep.

Sleep Specialist Jeffrey Ellenbogen Discusses Sounds and Sleep with NPR

Sleep is symphony -- evolving over time, telling a story. Knowing that code will help people sleep in noisy environments, like the hospital.

Rachel Martin interviews Dr. Jeffrey Ellenbogen - Jeffrey Ellenbogen

Neil deGrasse Tyson Visits the Lab of Jeffrey Ellenbogen

Jeff Ellenbogen is hard at work on studies aimed at finding out how sleep can boost high-performance skills like surgery. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of NOVA ScienceNOW (PBS), visits Ellenbogen's lab and takes a crack at laparoscopic surgery.










For an expanded list of publications on Pubmed,  click here.

Ellenbogen JM. Wind turbine noise and sleep. Sleep. 2022.

Goldstein JN, Ellenbogen JM. Emergency Neurology. Seminars in Neurology. 2019.

Fogarty AE, Guay, CS, Simoneau G, Colorado BS, Segal GR, Werner JK, Ellenbogen JM. Head Motion Predicts Transient Loss of Consciousness in Human Head Trauma a Case-Control Study of Mixed Martial Artists. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2019.


Gottlieb DJ, Ellenbogen JM, Bianchi MT, Czeisler CA. Sleep deficiency and motor vehicle crash risk in the general population: a prospective cohort study. BMC Medicine. 2018.

Akeju O, Hobbs LE, Gao L, Burns SM, Pavone KJ, Plummer GS, Walsh GS, Houle TT, Kim SE, Bianchi MT, Ellenbogen JM, Brown EN. Dexmedetomidine promotes biomimetic non-rapid eye movement stage 3 sleep in humans: A pilot study. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2017.


Guay CS, Ellenbogen JM. Emergency Sleep Medicine. Seminars in Neurology. 2017.


Prerau MJ, Bianchi MT, Brown RE, Ellenbogen JM, Patrick PL. Sleep neurophysiologic dynamics through the lens of multitaper spectral analysis. Physiology. 2017.


Ellenbogen JM. Sleepiness. Seminars in Neurology. 2016


Prerau MJ, Hartnack KE, Obregon-Henao G, Sampson A, Merlino M, Gannon K, Bianchi MT, Ellenbogen JM, Purdon PL. Tracking the Sleep Onset Process: An Empirical Model of Behavioral and Physiological Dynamics. PLOS Computational Biology. 2014


Ellenbogen JM. Noise-induced sleep deprivation: Toward sleeping soundly on noisy nights. In: Bianchi MT. Sleep Deprivation: Effects on Mind, Body, and Disease. Springer New York Heidelberg Dordrecht London; 2013.


Babadi B*, McKinney SM*, Tarokh V, Ellenbogen JM. Data-Driven Bayesian Algorithm for Sleep Spindle Detection (DiBa). IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering. 2012;59(2):483-93.


Buxton OM*, Ellenbogen JM* (co-first author), Wang W, Carballeira A, O’Connor S, Cooper D, Gordhandas AJ, McKinney SM, Solet JM. Sleep Disruption Due to Hospital Noises: A Prospective Evaluation. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012; 157:170-179.

Ellenbogen JM. Pace-Schott EF. Drug-induced sleep: Theoretical and practical considerations. Pflugers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology. 2012;463(1):177-186.

McKinney SM, Dang-Vu TT, Buxton OM, Solet JM, Ellenbogen JM. Covert waking brain activity reveals instantaneous sleep depth. PLoS One. 2011;6:e17351.


Dang-Vu TT, McKinney SM, Buxton OM, Solet JM, Ellenbogen JM. Spontaneous brain rhythms predict sleep stability in the face of noise. Current Biology. 2010;20:R626-R627.


Ellenbogen JM, Hu PT, Payne JD, Titone D, Walker MP. Human relational memory requires time and sleep. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, U S A (PNAS). 2007;104:7723-8.


Ellenbogen JM, Hulbert JC, Stickgold R, Dinges DF, Stickgold R, Thompson-Schill SL. Interfering with theories of sleep and memory: Sleep, declarative memory and associative interference. Current Biology. 2006;16:1290-1294


Ellenbogen JM, Payne JD, Stickgold R. The role of sleep in declarative memory consolidation: passive, permissive or active or none? Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 2006;16:716-22.

Ellenbogen JM. Cognitive benefits of sleep, and their loss due to sleep deprivation. Neurology. 2005;64:E25-7.

Scientific American Mind article by Stickgold and Ellenbogen

Stickgold and Ellenbogen. Quiet! Sleeping Brain At Work

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) article by Jeffry Ellenbogen

Ellenbogen et al. Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Wind Turbine study by Jeffrey Ellenbogen