Dr. Christopher Winter has practiced sleep medicine and neurology in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2004, but has been involved with sleep medicine and sleep research since 1993. As the owner of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, CNSM Consulting and the Medical Director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center, Dr. Winter is not only an active participant in patient care, but a dynamic speaker and researcher on the science of sleep.
Dr. Winter’s current research focuses on sleep and athletic performance. In 2006, Major League Baseball awarded him a grant to study the effect of scheduling and time zone travel on team performance. In the winter of 2008, he was an invited lecturer at the MLB winter meetings in Las Vegas, NV. He has served as a consultant for several baseball teams including the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition to MLB teams, he currently is the sleep medicine specialist for NBA teams including the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Washington Wizards as well as NHL teams including the Washington Capitals. In addition to professional athletes, Dr. Winter has studied the sleeping characteristics of 560 Division I-A college football players, and works with several collegiate teams to help optimize their sleep. Dr. Winter has also consulted with the Omaha Nighthawks professional football team.
His expertise in sleep as it relates to health and fitness led to Dr. Winter being named to the Men’s Health Magazine Health Advisory Board. He regularly answers readers’ questions about sleep and contributes to its articles as well as articles in Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and Details. He’s also written articles for other magazines including Triathlete and writes a blog entitled Shut Up and Sleep for the Huffington Post.
Dr. Winter is a highly sought after speaker among private and commercial companies and has lectured on behalf of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Cephalon. Through these lectures, Dr. Winter has educated hundreds of physicians about various topics in sleep medicine. In addition, his wit and enthusiasm for sleep medicine make him especially well-suited for addressing non-physicians about the importance of sleep and has been a resource for organizations such as Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA).
Dr. Winter is an Echols Scholar graduate of the University of Virginia and received his medical degree from Emory University. He completed his Neurology residency at the University of Virginia and won a national American Academy of Neurology Teaching Award during his chief year. He completed his Sleep Medicine fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The recipient of research awards from the Sleep Medicine Society and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Dr. Winter has authored numerous scientific papers and abstracts dealing with sleep and has been a presenter at many international sleep meetings. Dr. Winter is board certified in both neurology and sleep medicine. He enjoys not only studying athletics, but is an avid triathlete himself.