Dear Pediatric Sleep Community:
It is with great sadness that I write to share the heartbreaking news that Carole L. Marcus, Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), died Sunday afternoon after a brief hospitalization.
Carole was a remarkable clinician, clinical investigator, and educator who leaves behind legions of friends, colleagues, students, and mentees at CHOP, the University of Pennsylvania, and throughout the ATS both nationally and internationally. She improved the lives of countless patients through her unique clinical expertise and her high impact patient-oriented research. She served as Director of the CHOP Sleep Center and the CHOP Clinical and Translational Research Center/Center for Human Phenomic Science and was Associate Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carole grew up in South Africa and obtained her medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. She completed residency training at SUNY Brooklyn and fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She was a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University from 1991 to 2003 before being recruited to CHOP.
Carole was recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in sleep medicine. She had a remarkable research career that was always evolving. She performed detailed physiological studies on the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), describing the relative roles of anatomy and neuromotor control of the upper airway from infancy to adolescence. In recent years she performed multi-center clinical trials with colleagues across the country studying neurobehavioral effects of OSA and culminating in a recent trial of adenotonsillectomy vs watchful waiting in the treatment of pediatric OSA. She held virtually every leadership position in pediatric sleep medicine at some point during her abbreviated career and received numerous awards, including the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award in Sleep Medicine. She was an active participant in the ATS serving in many roles in the SRN assembly including on both Planning and Program Committees. Her colleagues and mentees will remember her as a tireless advocate for the interdisciplinary approach to the care of children with sleep disorders.
She was surrounded by family at the time of her premature death and died very peacefully. Please keep Carole and her family in your thoughts – we will all miss her greatly. Details of funeral arrangements are available.
David Gozal, MD, MBA