"Sleep Medicine 2017--A Discipline in Transition"

"Sleep Medicine 2017--A Discipline in Transition"


The 2017 Southern Sleep Society faculty includes keynote addresses from Drs. David P.White, Sharokh Javaheri and Carlos H. Schenck. Steve Van Hout (Assistant Director of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine) will also be presenting on the "future of sleep medicine".  Special invited lecturers are Drs. Russell Rosenberg, Benjamin Reiss and David Rye.  Confirmed members and local presenters include Drs. Amir Sharafkhaneh, Richard Castriotta, Donald Watenpaugh, Denise Sharon, Ruskshanda Majid, William "Mac" Anderson, Karel Calero, Todd Swick, Philip Becker, Gregory Carter, Nilgun Giray, Max Hirshkowitz, Shariar Shahzeidi, John Herman and William Broughton.  The conference brings together the most distinguished leaders in the field of sleep medicine. This will be an unforgettable weekend in Houston, TX that you will not want to miss.  

The Technologist course faculty members are leaders in the field who are intimately involved in patient education, billing, coding and authorizations, corporate sleep and  and preparation for the evolving roles that sleep technologists will fill.   The faculty consists of past and current Presidents of AAST, BRPT and members of AAST Board of Directors.

Eva L. Alegria

Eva Alegria began her career as a Respiratory Therapist over 18 years ago and has since transitioned into sleep medicine.  She has worked in many clinical areas including ER, ICU's, PFT, and sleep.  She was a respiratory manager and assisted in the planning and development of a sleep center for St Lukes Hospital, Houston, TX.  Eva has assisted in accreditation and re-accreditation of sleep centers.  She currently serves as the sleep educator for the Baylor St Lukes Sleep Clinic and has also become a key point person in managing and preparing authorizations for sleep patients.  

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Ali J. Al-Himyary

Dr. Ali J. Al-Himyary is board certified in internal medicine and completed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where he also holds a Master of Public Health.  He is currently affiliated with CHI St. Luke’s Health - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Academic Appointments and works at Kelsey Seybold Clinic.  Dr. Al-Himyary earned his medical degree at Kuwait University, Kuwait City, and completed his internship and residency at the University of Illinois. He has a Nutritional Support fellowship at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  Dr. Al-Himyary is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Professional Sleep Society.

Amber Allen

Amber Allen has been in the sleep field for 8 years and currently serves as the Program Coordinator to the CAAHEP-accredited Polysomnographic Technology Program at Collin College in McKinney, TX. Prior to coming to Collin College, she worked as an RPSGT for the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Amber has presented at numerous sleep and respiratory care conferences at both the national and state level and has also been elected to the BRPT Board of Directors.  She is passionate about educating students and the public about the importance of sleep.  Prior to her career in sleep, Amber was a child prodigy who started college at 14. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at 19, she began her post-collegiate career in the music industry in Nashville, where she worked for 8 years, including appearances on American Idol and as an extra in film and TV projects with some of the biggest names in music.

William "Mac" Anderson
Dr. William Anderson is Professor, Internal Medicine at USF-Morsani Collge of Medicine in Tampa, FL.  He is a practicing Pulmonologist at Tampa General Hospital and has multiple hospital affiliations in the Tampa area, including Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years.. He is one of 9 Physicians at Memorial Hospital of Tampa who specialize in Pulmonary Disease.  He also is the Director of the Sleep Fellowship Training Program at USF Health.
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Kevin Asp
Kevin is President at Inbound Med and SomnoSure, Inc.  He is past owner of Alaska Sleep Clinic and Sleep Technology Institute.  Kevin is currently a Director at Large of The American Association of Sleep Technologist and lives in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Philip Becker
Dr. Becker is President and founding partner of Sleep Medicine Associates of Texas, PA and has more than 30 years experience in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, specializing in snoring and sleep apnea. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His primary specialty is in psycho physiologic functioning as it relates to sleep problems such as sleep apnea. His extensive sleep disorders research includes a special interest in restless legs syndrome. Dr. Becker has lectured and taught sleep disorders medicine at universities and facilities across the country. He has published over 60 articles, chapters and abstracts on a variety of sleep disorders. He has served as Treasurer for the American Board of Sleep Medicine, as a Medical Advisor to the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, and as the former Chair of the Health Policy Committee for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Other professional memberships include the Sleep Research Society and the American Medical Association. He is a past President of the Southern Sleep Society.
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Marietta Bibbs
Marietta is Manager of Sleep Disorders and Neurodiagnostics at Morton Plant Mease Healthcare in Clearwater, FL and has worked in sleep disorders technology since 1978.  She is currently in her second term as Director-At-Large of the American Association of Sleep Technologists and is past President of the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).  Marietta coordinates the Southern Sleep Society Meeting and is actively involved in community and civic organizations as well as her Sorority (Delta Sigma Theta).
Rita Brooks
Rita is Director of  Diagnostic Services and Clinical Informatics with responsibility for the sleep centers at Capital Health in Trenton, New Jersey,  She has been involved in sleep technologist education and advocacy for over 25 years, is a past President and current President-Elect of the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) and past President of the New Jersey Association of Sleep Technologists.   She is a member of the AASM Scoring Manual Editorial Board and has previously served on the AASM DME accreditation Task Force and the ABSM Board of Executive Directors.  She is also Co-Editor of the Fundamentals of Sleep Technology, 2nd Edition Textbook and the Fundamentals of Sleep Technology Workbook and is actively involved in sleep technologist education and has developed CAAJHEP accredited Sleep Technology Associates and Certificate programs at Thomas Edison State University and operates a clinical course site for these programs.
William Broughton
Dr. William Broughton received his medical degree from University of South Alabama College of Medicine and has been in practice for 33 years. He is a Pulmonologist and Sleep Medicine Practitioner and a professor at University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Broughton is one of three physicians at University of South Alabama Medical who specialize in Pulmonary Disease. Dr. William Broughton, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine. He is a past recipient of the Top Doctor Castle Connolly Award in 2014. He has numerous publications on sleep medicine and pulmonary medicine. Dr. Broughton is the current President of The Southern Sleep Society.
Karel Calero

Dr. Calero is Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine at University of South Florida College of Medicine.  He received his Medical Degree from the University of Miami completed Residency in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and sleep medicine fellowship at USF Health, Tampa, FL.  Dr. Calero practices Pulmonology in Tampa and is affiliated with several hospitals in the area, including James A. Haley VA Hospital and Tampa General Hospital.  He is one of 15 doctors at James A. Haley and one of 36 at Tampa General Hospital who specialize in Pulmonary Disease.  He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish. He is a past recipient of the Founders' Award from the Southern Sleep Society.

Gregory Carter
Dr. Carter is the Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern. He is currently on staff of the Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at St. Paul University Hospital. He was Chief of the Neurology and Sleep Medicine Section of the VA Medical Center in Dallas and spent 25 years there involved in basic and clinical research. Dr. Carter has extensive experience in epilepsy, stroke and clinical pharmacology. He has also served as Principle Investigator in a study of acute pharmacological intervention in new strokes and Co-Investigator in the NIH-sponsored ACE trail of aspirin and carotid endarterectomy as well as a NIAAA study on alcoholism. More recently he has been involved in applied research on the use of ambulatory cardiorespiratory sleep studies while continuing stroke research.
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Richard Castriotta
Dr. Richard J. Castriotta is a past President of the Southern Sleep Society and has been on the Faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Centr at Houston since 1995. He is President of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and Associate Faculty in the John P. McGovern Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit. He is Chair of the Health Affairs Committee and a member of the Executive Board of the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council. He is the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, Chairman of the Institutional Ethics Committee and Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center in Houston. He is Program Director for the University of Texas Sleep Medicine Fellowship and serves on the Coordinating Committee for the University of Texas Neurophysiology Fellowship. He is currently a member of the ACCP SEEK Editorial Board and the Medical Advisory Board of Pulmonary Fibrosis Advocates. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
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Brian Gaden

Brian is Vice President at Respiratory Quality Service in Houston, TX.   He has been a Respiratory Therapist for over 20 years and loves to present on the importance of treating sleep disorders to anyone who will listen. He has served in many clinical roles including the ICU, sleep laboratory and pulmonary function laboratory. Brian has been involved with the Texas Society for Sleep Professionals since the beginning.  He is also part time instructor for the Polysomnography program at Alvin Community College.  Brian is a past sleep consultant for Philips Home Healthcare. 

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Nilgun Giray
Dr. Nilgun Giray is a past President of The Southern Sleep Society. She currently serves on the steering committee and as a volunteer faculty member for the Sleep Disorders Fellowship program at Baylor College of Medicine, and is a consultant at Baylor’s Sleep Disorders Center. She is fluent in Turkish as well as English. Dr. Giray obtained her medical degree from the University Of Istanbul School Of Medicine. After serving as an intern at the University of Zurich, she returned to Turkey to complete a Residency in Neurology at the University of Istanbul, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine. She completed a Fellowship in Sleep Disorders at Baylor College of Medicine and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Baylor. She subsequently completed a Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Before entering private practice, she served as a Staff Psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Medical Center in Houston. She is board certified in Psychiatry as well as Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
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John Herman
Dr. John Herman is a Clinical Psychologist who is board certified in sleep medicine. He is currently in private practice treating adult and pediatric patients for insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders using evidence based approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy. He also treats patients for anxiety and depression. He is past Director of the sleep disorders center at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He also was Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.
Max Hirshkowitz
Dr. Hirshkowitz is an internationally recognized sleep expert with 40 years of experience in sleep research and sleep disorders. A graduate of Tufts University (PhD an MS), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (BS) and Stuyvesant High School, he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and winner of the lifetime achievement award from the Texas Society of Sleep Professionals and distinguished service award from the World Association of Sleep Medicine. He is consulting professor, Stanford University School of Public Health and Full Professor (Emeritus) at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation and Field Editor for the Journal Sleep Medicine.
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Sharokh Javaheri
Shahrokh Javaheri, MD, a sleep physician at Bethesda North Hospital and professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is also affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.  He completed Medical School at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences  Medical School and Internship at Philadelphia General Hospital.  He completed Residency and Fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. 
Imran Khawaja
Dr. Khawaja is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota and staff physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.  He received is medical degree at King Edward Medical School in Lahore, Pakistan and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.  He completed a fellowship in sleep medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. 
Laura Linley
Laura is the current President of the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) and Vice President of Clinical Operations for Advanced Sleep Management in Richardson, TX. Laura started her medical career in Respiratory Therapy and then advanced into Sleep Medicine over 15 years ago. Laura has been on the AAST Board of Directors for the past 5 years and worked on various AAST committees throughout her career. She has been a contributing writer for sleep industry journals and an invited lecturer for national and regional conferences. She has worked in numerous areas of the sleep field and has been instrumental in opening multi-site sleep centers and assisting with AASM accreditation.
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Ruckshanda Majid
Dr. Ruckshanda Majid has been a faculty member and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX since 2009. She received her medical degree from the Aga Khan University in 1998. She completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at Houston in 2004 where she also completed Fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care with additional one year specialization training in Sleep Medicine. She also completed a two-year program in the Masters of Clinical Science course, graduating with several honors. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Majid is Associate Program Director for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at UTHSC and has been coordinating the education and structure of the training program for the Pulmonary and the Sleep Fellows. She is also Associate Medical Director of the Memorial Hermann Sleep Center and the Co-Director of the Harris Health Systems Sleep Disorders Center. She is a member and fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). She also serves on the Harris County Health Systems Critical Care Committee, and was recently appointed to the Medical School Faculty Senate, the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC), the Medical School Diversity committee, and the Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee (SEPC). Dr. Majid’s awards and honors include recipient of Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award three years in a row and voted the “Best Teaching Faculty” in 2011 and 2013 by Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellows.
Jayme Matchinski

Jayme Matchinski, JD has extensive experience in health and corporate law  and assists healthcare companies deal with regulatory and operational issues, such as compliance, reimbursement, licensure and certification affecting health care providers, as well as with the purchase, sale and formation of health care entities. She  has successfully represented health care providers in reimbursement claims against insurance carriers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She works with physicians and health care systems in the licensure, certification, legal structure and reimbursement structuring of sleep disorder centers, rehabilitation hospitals and facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Jayme has a wealth of experience in the area of sleep medicine and writes the “Legal Notes” column in A2Zzz Magazine.  She is currently working at Greensfelder Law Firm in Chicago, IL

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Cheryl May

Cheryl works at Kelsey Seybold Clinic, Houston, TX where she is intimately involved in patient education and PAP compliance.

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Benjamin Reiss
Benjamin Reiss (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 1997) specializes in 19th-century American literature, disability studies, and health humanities. His new book Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World, will be published by Basic Books in 2017. It uses literature, history, science, and psychology to explain how our society created rules and expectations for human sleep that seem to work for few and are thus in constant need of micro-management, medical attention, and pervasive worry. Reiss is also the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum's America (Harvard UP, 2001; repr. 2010) and Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2008), as well as essays in journals including American Literature, American Literary History, Social Text, ELH, American Quarterly, Sleep Health, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Slate. He is co-editor editor of the Cambridge History of the American Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Keywords for Disability Studies (New York University Press, 2015). Professor Reiss teaches courses in traditional literary periods (such as the Nineteenth-Century American Novel and Antebellum American Literature), as well as courses that blend literary analysis with cultural studies, cultural and social history, and the history of medicine and disability. These include Literature and Madness; Sleep Across the Disciplines; and Disability and American Culture. Reiss has also taught at Tulane University, and he is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the NEH, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and Emory's Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.
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Mary W. Rose

Dr. Rose is Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep, at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.  Her research and clinical interests have focused on sleep disorders for more than 25 years.  Over the course of her academic career, she has published several peer review articles, written book chapters, lectured both nationally and regionally, and been involved in several sleep organizations. She has also participated in numerous research projects and received grants related to sleep.

Russell Rosenberg
Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D, D.ABSM, is the Founder and Director of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology. A clinical psychologist and board certified sleep specialist, Dr. Rosenberg lectures and teaches internationally on a range of sleep medicine topics. His areas of expertise include insomnia and disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in clinical research at NeuroTrials Research Inc. Dr. Rosenberg, a native of St. Louis, received his Ph.D. at Ohio State University and completed a sleep residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, in Chicago. His teaching and leadership at the Atlanta School are rooted in his professional, clinical, and research experience as Director of the Northside Hospital Sleep Medicine Institute in Atlanta for sixteen years. An avid photographer, Dr. Rosenberg enjoys taking photos in new destinations and familiar places and often packs his camera on the teaching circuit.
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David B. Rye
David Rye, MD, PhD is Director of Research at Emory Healthcare’s Program in Sleep Medicine and Professor of Neurology at Emory School of Sleep Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in Narcolepy and related sleep disorders of hypersomnia and movement disorders with a focus on Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Dr. Rye was a part of the team that identified the first gene variant associated with RLS. He also led the team that identified the link between RLS and high blood pressure and related vascular risks. He formerly chaired the RLS Medical Advisory Board and is on the Board of the Narcolepsy Network. Dr. Rye is past recipient of the AASM’s Neurology Sleep Science Award and the Sleep Research Society’s Oustanding Scientific Achievement Award. He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health.
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Carlos H. Schenck
Dr. Carlos H. Schenck graduated from Johns Hopkins University, received his Medical Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed a Psychiatry residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he is a Professor. He has been a staff psychiatrist at Hennepin County Medical Center since 1981 and is a member of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center (MRSDC). He served as co-Chairman of the Parasomnias Committee for the International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Dr. Schenck is a member of the AASM Nosology Committee as well as the AASM Movement Disorders Task Force. Dr. Schenck has also published several books and articles, and participated in a documentary film on Parasomnias.
Amir Sharafkhaneh
Dr. Sharafkhaneh is an associate professor of medicine and program director of Sleep Medicine. He received his Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine and he is  Medical Director at the Sleep Disorders and Research Center at the Michael E DeBakey, VA Medical Center both located in Houston Texas. Dr. Sharafkhaneh is board certified in internal medicine pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. He also has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Clinical Research. Since 2002, Dr. Sharafkhaneh has conducted numerous research studies on respiratory diseases including asthma, COPD, bronchitis and emphysema. He is an active member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society, and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr Sharafkhaneh is on the review panel of the journals Chest Respiratory Medicine, International Journal of COPD, Thorax, Journal of Affective Disorders and Sleep. Dr Sharafkhaneh received his MD at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 1990 and his PhD in public health at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2008. His extensive publication experience includes 40 journal articles, 12 book chapters and 20 abstracts.
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Mary Smith

Mary Smith is a Ziglar Legacy Certified trainer, coach and leadership development expert with 28 years as an educator, 8 of which were in developing and teaching staff development, curriculum writing and coaching/mentoring teachers.  Mary is an active member of Toastmasters and Association for Talent Development Houston.   ​ She has presented at various educational conferences throughout Texas including Rigor, Relevance and Relationships. She is deeply involved in presenting staff development to teachers and admnistrators throughout the state of Texas. She conducts training for teachers, administrators, counselors and superintendents offering CPE credit for many of her trainings. 

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Shariar Shahzeidi
Dr. Shahzeidi is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is currently Chief Pediatrician and Medical Director at Grand Health Institute in Miami, FL. He not only has expertise in Pediatric Sleep Medicine and Pulmonology, but also has vast experience in adult ventilation and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). He graduated in Thoracic Medicine from Brompton Hospital in London, England, then pursued further education in Pediatric Pulmonology at The Children's National Medical Center at George Washington University. He is former Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at The University of Miami.
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Denise Sharon
Dr. Denise Sharon is board certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and has practiced sleep medicine exclusively for over 10 years. Her primary specialty is in sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, insomnia and sleep disorders associated with medical or psychiatric disorders. Her approach centers on the patient, child or adult, and his or hers psychophysiologic functioning as it relates to normal and disordered sleep in the clinical setting and in research. Her goal is to increase awareness to the health and safety benefits of a restful sleep and the importance of diagnosing and effectively treating sleep disorders. Dr. Sharon is also a clinical professor at Tulane University School of Medicine. She has been instrumental in the development and accreditation of the combined adult and pediatric sleep medicine fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine and served as co-director of the program that successfully graduated all of its fellows. Dr. Sharon has presented and discussed sleep related topics at national and international professional meetings. She has authored and co-authored many articles and abstracts on a variety of sleep disorders and serves as peer reviewer for professional journals. Dr. Sharon is actively involved in committees and boards of professional and patient oriented sleep organizations allowing her to promote issues such as sleep education, sleep in women, sleep in children and adolescents, CPAP compliance and sleep related movement disorders.
Todd J. Swick

Todd J. Swick, M.D. is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine (American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with a subspecialty in Sleep Medicine).  He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at The University of Texas School of Medicine-Houston and is Senior Medical Director of Neurology and Sleep Medical Consultants of Houston. He has recently been hired as an International Sleep Medicine Consultant for the Medipert Sleep Medicine Center in Beijing, China. He the Medical Director of the North Cypress Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center and Apnix Sleep Diagnostic Centers in Houston, Texas. He has been practicing in Houston, Texas for the past 34 years and has spent the last fifteen years doing sleep medicine on an exclusive basis.  He has close to 4000 patients in his practice and one of the largest Narcolepsy practices in Texas. 

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Steve Van Hout
Steve Van Hout is Assistant Executive Director of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Donald Watenpaugh

Dr. Watenpaugh graduated from the University of North Texas, Denton with a BS and MS in Biology.   He earned his PhD in Physiology in  1995 and later joined the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth where he worked on demonstrating how sleep breathing problems increased blood pressure.  He also helped document adverse effects of sleep restriction on cardiovascular function.  Dr. Watenpaugh initially joined Sleep Consultants, Inc. as a sleep study analyst and became a caregiver in 2004.  He earned board certification in sleep medicine in 2005, and he has served as Director of Sleep Consultants, Inc. since that time.  He has directly supervised the research and/or clinical training of 37 undergraduate/graduate students and physicians.  He also has extensive classroom teaching experience and is adjunct professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas, Arlington, TX. 

David P. White
Dr. White graduated from Emory University Medical School and completed training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He has held a number of positions at various universities over his career and is currently a Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and works heavily with both Philips Respironics and Apnicure. Some of his major accomplishments include being President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Chairing the Task Force to write the research plan addressing sleep and its disorders for the National Institutes of Health, and being the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal SLEEP. He was also on the test writing committees for the American Board of Internal Medicine for both Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine. Finally, his principle research interest has been the pathophysiology of disorders of breathing during sleep about which he has published over 200 original papers.