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MD, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Memphis, TN MD, PhD, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Memphis, TN
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA
UPMC PresbyterianChildren's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMCUPMC Mercy
View Dr. Benhayon’s full list of publications on PubMed.
Dr. Benhayon is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Triple Board Program in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Child Psychiatry. His main interest is in sleep, an area of medicine that is integral to both physical and mental health. Clinical training in pediatrics and psychiatry has made him acutely aware of the need for better psychiatric treatments for physically ill children. Sleep requirements are greater in physically ill children, and sleep disruption adds to their overall medical burden. It is suspected that the inflammatory response is affected by sleep disruption, and vice versa, however the mechanisms responsible are poorly understood. Using inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a model, his research work focuses on the interactions between inflammation, sleep disruption, and psychiatric dysfunction. Patients with IBD have higher rates of depression and anxiety as opposed to patients with other chronic illnesses. Sleep disruptions are also extremely common in patients afflicted with IBD, therefore it would seem to be an ideal model system in which to study the relationship between sleep, psychiatric illness and medical disease.
Dr. Benhayon is also an active member of the Pediatric Behavioral Health Consultation and Liaison service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC as well as a Staff psychiatry in the emergency room at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside.
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