George Rodway NP, PhD

George Rodway NP, PhD

George became interested in sleep disorders around 1999-2000 while he was a PhD student researching cardiovascular and genetic problems associated with sleep apnea. His scholarly work has been largely focused on sleep breathing disorders and hypoxia-related disease, including health studies that shed light on how people adapt, or fail to adapt, to high terrestrial altitudes.  

George has been interested/active in high altitude physiology and medicine as a clinician and researcher for more than two decades. This was an outgrowth of his personal activities in high altitude mountaineering. He has been able to merge profession and passion over the years doing things such as spending several seasons as a provider for high altitude search and rescue patrols on Denali in Alaska and doing high altitude field research in the Himalayas.  

He is the past president of the medical commission of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation, past vice-president of the International Society for Mountain Medicine, and currently a member of the administrative group for the international Diploma in Mountain Medicine.  

Outside of work, George enjoys hiking, climbing, flying small aircraft, and spending time with his wife and pets (not necessarily in that order!). 


Other Activities

Member, American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Member, Wilderness Medical Society

Member, International Society for Mountain Medicine

Journal Editor, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine


PhD, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005

FNP, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2000

MSN, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 1998

BSN, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, 1994

EMT-W, Stonehearth Open Learning School, Conway, NH, 1992

EMT, St. Thomas Hospital, Akron, OH, 1987

BS, Natural Resources, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1982


Orr E. Reynolds Award, American Physiological Society


Olarewaju A and Rodway GW (2022) An Introduction to Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. In Luu B, Kayingo G, and Hass VM (Eds). Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers, Springer Publishing.

Luks AM, McIntosh SE, Grissom CK, Auerbach PS, Rodway GW, Schoene RB, Zafren K, Hackett PH. (2019). Wilderness medical society practice guidelines for the prevention and treatment of acute altitude illness: 2019 update. Wilderness Environ Med. 30(4S):S3-S18.

Rodway G, Lovelace A, Lanspa M, McIntosh S, Bell J, Briggs B, Weaver L, Yanowitz F, Grissom C. (2016) Sildenafil and Exercise Capacity in the Elderly at Moderate Altitude. Wilderness Environ Med. 27:307-315.

Rodway, GW. Edsell ME, Wong B.,Windsor, J.S. (2011). Improving sleep at altitude: A comparison of therapies. Wilderness Environ Med. 22(4):316-320.

Rodway, G.W., Weaver, T.E., Mancini, C., Cater, J., Maislin, G., Staley, B., Ferguson, K.A., George, C., Schulman, D.A., Greenberg, H., Rapoport, D.M., Walsleben, J.A., Lee-Chong, T., and Kuna, S.T .(2010). Evaluation of Sham-CPAP as a Placebo in CPAP Intervention Studies. SLEEP, 33, 260-266.

Rodway, G., Hoffman, L.A., Choi, J .& Sethi, J. (2009). Exhaled nitric oxide in the diagnosis and management of asthma: Clinical implications. Chronic Respiratory Disease 6:19-29.

Rodway, G., Sethi, J.M., Hoffman, L.A., Conley, Y.P., Ryter, S., Choi, A.M.K., Zullo, T.G., Sanders, M.H. (2007). Hemodynamic and molecular response to intermittent vs. continuous hypoxia. Translational Research. 149(2):76-84.

Rodway, G., & Windsor, J. (2006). Airway mucociliary function at high altitude. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 17 (4), 271-275.

Rodway, G., Hoffman, L.A., & Sanders, M.H. (2003). High-altitude-related disorders: Pathophysiology, differential diagnosis & treatment. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 32, 353-359.

Rodway, G.. & Sanders, M.H. (2003). The efficacy of split-night sleep studies. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 7(5), 391-401.