Dr. Meeta Goswami has been the director of the Narcolepsy Institute since its inception in 1985 and is Assistant Professor of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She graduated with a dental degree from Bombay, India and received a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University in New York. Dr. Goswami is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, and the National Sleep Foundation (USA); she is also a member of the medical advisory board of the Narcolepsy Network, the national association for people with narcolepsy.
Since its inception in 1985, the Narcolepsy Institute was funded by New York State to provide information, referral, and psychosocial support services to individuals with narcolepsy and their families. Meeta Goswami, with Michael J Thorpy and others, edited the first book on Narcolepsy and Psychosocial Issues 1992; she has co-authored with Michael J Thorpy, the Narcolepsy Primer 2006 Second Edition, developed a Video on Narcolepsy, and publishes a semi-annual newsletter, Perspectives, on Narcolepsy. She has received awards for her contribution to narcolepsy, published several papers on Narcolepsy and has presented her papers nationally and internationally. Dr. Goswami is committed to integrating the social and medical sciences and applying this knowledge to enhance the quality of care provided to patients and improving the quality of life of those who have narcolepsy. As the director of the Narcolepsy Institute, Montefiore Medical Center for more than 27 years, Dr. Goswami learned that patients benefit most when their medical care for narcolepsy is integrated with comprehensive psychosocial support at the individual level and in group sessions. It is rewarding, indeed, to observe the improvement in patients’ mood, demeanor, self-esteem, organization of daily activities, and productivity levels when patients avail themselves of the support services at the Narcolepsy Institute.