Gwynne Church, MD

Dr. Gwynne Church is a specialist in both respiratory conditions and sleep disorders in pediatric patients. She cares for children with pulmonary disorders such as asthma, exercise intolerance, restrictive lung disease and cystic fibrosis. As medical director of the Pediatric Sleep Laboratory, she oversees the evaluation of children with sleep disorders, including breathing difficulties during sleep, insomnia, sleep movement disorders and narcolepsy.

Dr. Church collaborates with the doctors and care teams of other UCSF specialty clinics to address sleeping disorders common to children with abnormalities of the face or head, neuromuscular weakness or upper airway obstruction. She is an integral faculty member of the pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine fellowship training programs.

Dr. Church earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed a residency in pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at UCSF, and a fellowship in sleep medicine at Stanford Medicine.
2006 - Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine
2005 - Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship, University of California San Francisco
2002 - Pediatric Residency, Children's Hospital Oakland
1999 - Medical School, Medical College of Wisconsin
Honors and Awards
  • Top Doctors List-Marin 2015-2021, 2021
  • Exceptional Women in Medicine-Castle Connolly, 2018
  • Great Save Award (for reducing cost and increasing efficiency), 2017
  • Faculty Enrichment Fund, 2015
  • Lead Reviewer Google Search Editorial Health committee, 2015
  • The Caring Tree Award, 2014
  • Cardiovascular Institute Fellowship Award University of California, San Francisco, 2003
  1. Food insecurity and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in cystic fibrosis households.
  2. Infant sleep: control of breathing and common sleep problems.
  3. Pulmonary Metagenomic Sequencing Suggests Missed Infections in Immunocompromised Children.
  4. Pulmonary Metagenomic Sequencing Suggests Missed Infections in Immunocompromised Children.
  5. Sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome requiring extracorporeal life support in an adolescent with mild cystic fibrosis.
  7. Long-Term Pulmonary Function and Quality of Life in Children After Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Feasibility Investigation.
  8. Newborn and Infant Sleep.
  9. California Thoracic Society website(
  10. Management of plastic bronchitis with topical tissue-type plasminogen activator.
  11. The role of polysomnography in diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea in pediatric patients.
  12. Positive fluid balance is associated with higher mortality and prolonged mechanical ventilation in pediatric patients with acute lung injury.
  13. Blood product transfusions and clinical outcomes in pediatric patients with acute lung injury.
  14. Plasma receptor for advanced glycation end-products predicts duration of ICU stay and mechanical ventilation in patients after lung transplantation.
  15. Transfusion-related acute lung injury in the paediatric patient: Two case reports and a review of the literature.
  16. Higher urine desmosine levels are associated with mortality in patients with acute lung injury.
  17. Biological markers of lung injury before and after the institution of positive pressure ventilation in patients with acute lung injury.