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About American Academy of Sleep Medicine

AASM Vision

Achieving optimal health through better sleep

AASM Mission

The AASM improves sleep health and promotes high quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards.


Established in 1975 as the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the only professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine.

As the leading voice in the sleep field, the AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in sleep medicine health care, education, and research.  The AASM has a combined membership of 10,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals.


The current Bylaws of the AASM were ratified by the AASM membership and approved by the AASM Board of Directors in July 2015.

AASM Bylaws

Board of Directors


Ilene M. Rosen, MD

Ronald D. Chervin, MD, MS
Immediate Past President

Douglas Kirsch, MD

Kelly A. Carden, MD, MBA


R. Nisha Aurora, MD, MHS David Kristo, MD Raman Malhotra, MD
 Jennifer Martin, PhD Eric Olson, MD Kannan Ramar, MD
Carol L. Rosen, MD James Rowley, MD

Executive Director

Steve Van Hout

Communications to the Board of Directors may be directed to the national office at contact@aasm.org.

1975–1987 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

1987–1988 Thomas Roth, PhD

1988–1989 Philip R. Westbrook, MD

1989–1990 Howard R. Roffwarg, MD

1990–1991 Jon F. Sassin, MD

1991–1992 James K. Walsh, PhD

1992–1993 Mark W. Mahowald, MD

1993–1994 Meir H. Kryger, MD

1994–1995 Paul A. Fredrickson, MD

1995–1996 June M. Fry, MD, PhD

1996–1997  David P. White, MD

1997–1998  Wolfgang W. Schmidt-Nowara, MD

1998–1999 Gihan A. Kader, MD

1999–2000 Stuart F. Quan, MD

2000–2001 Daniel J. Buysse, MD

2001–2002 John W. Shepard, Jr., MD

2002–2003 Andrew  L.  Chesson,  Jr.,  MD

2003–2004 Conrad Iber, MD

2004–2005 Michael J. Sateia, MD

2005–2006 Lawrence J. Epstein, MD

2006–2007 Michael H. Silber, MBChB

2007–2008 Alejandro D. Chediak, MD

2008–2009 Mary Susan Esther, MD

2009–2010 Clete Kushida, MD, PhD

2010–2011 Patrick Strollo Jr., MD

2011–2012 Nancy Collop, MD

2012–2013 Sam Fleishman, MD

2013–2014 M. Safwan Badr, MD

2014–2015 Timothy Morgenthaler, MD

2015–2016 Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, MS

2016-2017 Ronald D. Chervin, MD, MS


The Board of Directors selects the annual recipients of the AASM awards, which are presented in June during the plenary session of the SLEEP annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).

Established in 1981, the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award honors individuals dedicated to the sleep field who have made significant contributions in the areas of administration, public relations and government affairs. One of the world’s eminent sleep scientists, Nathaniel Kleitman formed the foundation for many areas of current sleep medicine by conducting groundbreaking research that included studies of REM sleep, circadian rhythms and the effect of drugs on sleep. Through his inventiveness and achievement, Dr. Kleitman left a vast impression on the sleep medicine field.

1981 Ismet Karacan, MD and Howard Roffwarg, MD

1982 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

1983 Elliot Weitzman, MD

1984 Mitchell Balter, PhD and Merrill Mitler, PhD

1985 Allan Rechtschaffen, PhD

1986 Christian Guilleminault, MD

1987 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

1988 Helmet Schmidt, MD and Helio Lemmi, MD

1989 Peter Hauri, PhD

1990 Thomas Roth, PhD

1991 Mary Carskadon, PhD

1992 Philip Westbrook, MD

1993 Michael Thorpy, MD

1994 Richard Ferber, MD

1995 James K. Walsh, PhD

1996 Allan I. Pack, MB, ChB, PhD

1997 Paul A. Fredrickson, MD

1998 Mark Mahowald, MD

1999 Jon F. Sassin, MD

2000 David P. White, MD

2001 J. Christian Gillin, MD

2002 Thomas Hobbins, MD

2003 Wolfgang Schmidt-Nowara, MD

2004 Daniel J. Buysse, MD

2005 Stuart Quan, MD

2006 John Shepard Jr., MD

2007 Andrew L. Chesson Jr., MD

2008 Conrad Iber, MD

2009 Michael J. Sateia, MD

2010 Michael H. Silber, MBChB

2011 Ronald R. Grunstein, MD

2012 Lawrence Epstein, MD

2013 Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, RPSGT, RST

2014 Alejandro Chediak, MD

2015 Nancy A. Collop, MD

2016 Jerome A. Barrett

2017 David F. Dinges, PhD

Established in 1994, the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award recognizes members of the sleep field who have displayed exceptional initiative and progress in the areas of sleep education and academic research. The award’s namesake, William C. Dement, MD, PhD, is one of the nation’s leading sleep researchers. His extensive publication of research, studies of REM sleep and development of the Multiple Sleep Latency Test greatly advanced the sleep medicine field. The William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award embodies the pursuit of knowledge, a commitment to teaching and an unceasing quest to disseminate truth.

1994 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

1995 Christian Guilleminault, MD

1996 Meir Kryger, MD

1997 Roger J. Broughton, MD, PhD

1998 Michael S. Aldrich, MD

1999 Wallace B. Mendelson, MD

2000 Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD

2001 Allan Pack, MB, ChB, PhD

2002 Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD

2003 Elio Lugaresi, MD

2004 David F. Dinges, PhD

2005 Jerome Siegel, PhD

2006 Robert W. McCarley, MD

2007 Mark Mahowald, MD and Carlos Schenck, MD

2008 Terry Young, MS, PhD

2009 David P. White, MD

2010 Stuart F. Quan, MD

2011 Mark H. Sanders, MD

2012 John Stradling, MD

2013 David Gozal, MD

2014 Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

2015 Carole L. Marcus, MBBCh

2016 Carol A. Landis, PhD, RN, FAAN

2017 Susan Redline, MD, MPH

Established in 2002, the Excellence in Education Award is presented to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the teaching of sleep medicine. The award serves to recognize and honor dedicated individuals who have skillfully taught and enhanced the knowledge of professional and lay people in the areas of sleep and sleep medicine.

2002 Richard Ferber, MD

2004 Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC and Marvin R. Dunn, MD (posthumous)

2006 Judith A. Owens, MD, MPH

2007 Vernon Pegram, MD

2008 Michael R. Littner, MD

2009 James A. Rowley, MD

2010 Richard B. Berry, MD

2011 Barbara Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP

2012 Teofilo L. Lee-Chiong, Jr., MD

2013 Suresh Kotagal, MD

2014 Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH

2015 Patrick J. Strollo, Jr., MD

2016 Neil Freedman, MD and Richard S. Rosenberg, PhD

2017 Michael H. Silber, MBChB, FAASM

Established in 1996, the Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy or Advocacy Award acknowledges an individual who has developed public policy that positively affects the healthy sleep of all Americans. This contribution is unique yet vital to the advancement of the field. U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.) continually supported sleep medicine initiatives and policy until his death at the age of 89 years in 2011. His work on behalf of the field was instrumental at increasing NIH funding for sleep, raising public awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), establishing the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, and supporting the nationally recognized sleep disorders research at the Oregon Health & Science University. Sen. Hatfield also chaired the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, introducing the driver fatigue initiative, which passed in 1995.

1996 Sen. Mark Hatfield

1997 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

1998 James K. Walsh, PhD

1999 James Kiley, PhD

2000 Rep. John E. Porter

2001 David Dinges, PhD

2002 Not Awarded

2003 Mark Mahowald, MD and Mary Carskadon, PhD

2004 Not Awarded

2005 Claude Lenfant, MD

2006 R. Bart Sangal, MD

2007 Paul Fredrickson, MD and Andrew O. Jamieson, MD

2008 Neil B. Kavey, MD

2009 Alejandro Chediak, MD

2010 Charles A. Czeisler, MD, PhD

2011 Mark R. Rosekind, PhD

2012 Judith A. Owens, MD, MPH

2013 Rita Brooks, RST, RPSGT

2014 Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS

2015 Michael J. Twery, PhD

2016 Janet B. Croft, PhD

2017 Anne Ferro

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