Board Certified Sleep Physician
Dr. Francis Buda’s extensive background makes him one of an elite number of sleep medicine specialists in the world to treat sleep disorders in infants and toddlers. He is board certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics (Fellow), and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special competence in Child.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Buda received his bachelor degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University and his doctor of medicine degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine. He moved to Boston for his postgraduate work, where he began an internship and residency at the Boston Floating Hospital for Children. He completed a three-year fellowship in neurology at Tufts New England Medical Center and an affiliating residency in neuropathology at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Buda spend the early phase of his career in teaching medical students and residents, at Letterman Army Medical Center, University of California Medical School both on the San Francisco and Davis campuses and then at the University of Florida Gainesville.
In the early 1980s, while at the University of Florida, he became interested infant sleep as it related to sudden infant death syndrome and established an infant apnea program in Jacksonville, which remains in operation today.
He left academia to move to Atlanta in the mid 80s where he entered private practice in Child Neurology, while continuing his work in infant sleep at the American Sudden Infant Death Institute. He joined the staff at Georgia Baptist Medical Center (now Atlanta Medical Center) and co-founded the Atlanta Center for Sleep Disorders, where he remains as medical director. He broadened his interest in sleep medicine to encompass all ages by studying at Stanford University in California and University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Because of his intense interest and growing patient load, Dr. Buda has limited his private medical practice to sleep disorders. He has joined the faculty at the Morehouse School of Medicine and lectures to students and residents about sleep.
Throughout his career, Dr. Buda has been involved in clinical research, has authored numerous articles for publication in medical journals, and produced a single author medical textbook entitled: The Neurology of Developmental Disabilities. He has recently published a book for the lay public entitled Holistic Sleep. He has presented his original research at numerous national and international medical meetings. His work on medical sleep disorders in children producing Attention Deficit Disorders and on sleep disorders in HIV positive patients as a cause of daytime fatigue have been presented at national and international conferences.
Throughout the Metro-Atlanta area, Dr. Buda is frequently invited to speak on sleep disorders at medical conferences and community-oriented programs. He appears on television and radio talk shows discussing the latest developments in sleep medicine. He is committed to enlightening the lay population about sleep disorders.