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.

2019 Recipient: Patrick J. Strollo, Jr., MD

Dr. Strollo is a professor of medicine and clinical and translational science and vice chair of medicine for Veterans Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and he is chairman of medicine at the VA Pittsburgh Health System. Strollo has made numerous contributions throughout more than 30 years as an AASM member, especially by leading the AASM as the 2010 – 2011 president, serving as the AASM physician representative to the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, and representing the AASM within the AMA House of Delegates. He also has made a lasting, positive impact on the sleep field as chair of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board and through his research exploring the novel treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the impact of OSA on cardiovascular risk.

2018 Jack D. Edinger, PhD

2017 David F. Dinges, PhD

2016 Jerome A. Barrett

2015 Nancy A. Collop, MD

2014 Alejandro Chediak, MD

2013 Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, RPSGT, RST

2012 Lawrence Epstein, MD

2011 Ronald R. Grunstein, MD

2010 Michael H. Silber, MBChB

2009 Michael J. Sateia, MD

2008 Conrad Iber, MD

2007 Andrew L. Chesson Jr., MD

2006 John Shepard Jr., MD

2005 Stuart Quan, MD

2004 Daniel J. Buysse, MD

2003 Wolfgang Schmidt-Nowara, MD

2002 Thomas Hobbins, MD

2001 J. Christian Gillin, MD

2000 David P. White, MD

1999 Jon F. Sassin, MD

1998 Mark Mahowald, MD

1997 Paul A. Fredrickson, MD

1996 Allan I. Pack, MB, ChB, PhD

1995 James K. Walsh, PhD

1994 Richard Ferber, MD

1993 Michael Thorpy, MD

1992 Philip Westbrook, MD

1991 Mary Carskadon, PhD

1990 Thomas Roth, PhD

1989 Peter Hauri, PhD

1988 Helmet Schmidt, MD and Helio Lemmi, MD

1987 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

1986 Christian Guilleminault, MD

1985 Allan Rechtschaffen, PhD

1984 Mitchell Balter, PhD and Merrill Mitler, PhD

1983 Elliot Weitzman, MD

1982 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

1981 Ismet Karacan, MD and Howard Roffwarg, MD

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.

2019 Recipient: Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD

Dr. Ancoli-Israel is a professor emeritus of psychiatry and professor of research at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Throughout 35 years as an AASM member, she has made a lasting impact on the sleep field as a clinician and educator, including her service as research and education director at the UC San Diego Sleep Medicine Center. She also has helped advance the field of sleep and circadian science through her research in areas of critical
Importance, such as aging and cancer, and through her leadership in positions such as deputy director of the UC San Diego Stein Institute for Research on Aging and codirector of the UC San Diego General Clinical Research Center Gillin Laboratory of Sleep and Chronobiology.

2018 Naresh M. Punjabi, MD, PhD

2017 Susan Redline, MD, MPH

2016 Carol A. Landis, PhD, RN, FAAN

2015 Carole L. Marcus, MBBCh

2014 Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

2013 David Gozal, MD

2012 John Stradling, MD

2011 Mark H. Sanders, MD

2010 Stuart F. Quan, MD

2009 David P. White, MD

2008 Terry Young, MS, PhD

2007 Mark Mahowald, MD and Carlos Schenck, MD

2006 Robert W. McCarley, MD

2005 Jerome Siegel, PhD

2004 David F. Dinges, PhD

2003 Elio Lugaresi, MD

2002 Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD

2001 Allan Pack, MB, ChB, PhD

2000 Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD

1999 Wallace B. Mendelson, MD

1998 Michael S. Aldrich, MD

1997 Roger J. Broughton, MD, PhD

1996 Meir Kryger, MD

1995 Christian Guilleminault, MD

1994 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

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.

2019 Recipient: Loretta Colvin, ACNP-BC

Ms. Colvin is a clinical assistant professor of nursing at Maryville University and a nurse practitioner at SSM Health in St. Louis. Throughout nearly 10 years as an AASM member, she has served as chair of the AASM APRN/PA Task Force, two-time chair of the Sleep Disorders for the APRN/PA course, and member of both the AASM Education Committee and the AASM Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Her work has helped advance education for all members of the sleep team, and she has been a leader in advocating for the important role of advanced practice providers in the field of sleep medicine.

2018 Kingman P. Strohl, MD

2017 Michael H. Silber, MBChB, FAASM

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

2015 Patrick J. Strollo, Jr., MD

2014 Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH

2013 Suresh Kotagal, MD

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

2011 Barbara Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP

2010 Richard B. Berry, MD

2009 James A. Rowley, MD

2008 Michael R. Littner, MD

2007 Vernon Pegram, MD

2006 Judith A. Owens, MD, MPH

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

2002 Richard Ferber, MD

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.

2019 Recipient: Senator Anthony Portantino

Senator Anthony Portantino represents California’s 25th State Senate District. He recently reintroduced SB-328, “Pupil attendance: school start time,” which made it all the way to the governor’s desk in 2018 before being vetoed. The bill would require the school day for middle schools and high schools in the state to begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m., which is in agreement with an AASM position statement. The bill demonstrates that legislation promoting healthy sleep for teens can garner bi-partisan support, and it provides a model for other state legislators throughout the country.

2018 Arianna Huffington

2017 Anne Ferro

2016 Janet B. Croft, PhD

2015 Michael J. Twery, PhD

2014 Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS

2013 Rita Brooks, RST, RPSGT

2012 Judith A. Owens, MD, MPH

2011 Mark R. Rosekind, PhD

2010 Charles A. Czeisler, MD, PhD

2009 Alejandro Chediak, MD

2008 Neil B. Kavey, MD

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

2006 R. Bart Sangal, MD

2005 Claude Lenfant, MD

2004 Not Awarded

2003 Mark Mahowald, MD and Mary Carskadon, PhD

2002 Not Awarded

2001 David Dinges, PhD

2000 Rep. John E. Porter

1999 James Kiley, PhD

1998 James K. Walsh, PhD

1997 William C. Dement, MD, PhD

1996 Sen. Mark Hatfield

Submission Requirements:

  1. Require that the applicant has either AASM Sleep Medicine Trainee Membership or AASM In-Training Membership (student, postdoctoral fellows and residents).
  2. Require that the abstract must be on a sleep-related topic.
  3. Require that the AASM Trainee Investigator Award applicant will have first author status on the abstract and will have played an important role in conducting the research.

The AASM Education Committee will be responsible for evaluation, selection, and recommending to the Board of Directors, the winners of the award.