AASM Award Nominations

Each year the AASM Awards Advisory Panel accepts nominations for prestigious AASM Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the field of sleep medicine. Award recipients are recognized during the plenary session of the SLEEP annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). Information about the awards and the nomination, review and selection process are outlined below.

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2022 AASM awards are now being accepted. Nominees are not required to be a member of the AASM. Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. See the instructions below.

AASM Awards

Established in 1981, the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award is the premier award of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It honors individuals dedicated to the field who have made significant service contributions to sleep medicine. The research of Nathaniel Kleitman, one of the world’s eminent sleep scientists, has formed the foundation for many areas of current sleep medicine, including REM sleep, circadian rhythms and the effect of drugs on sleep. Through his inventiveness and achievement, Dr. Kleitman has left a vast impression on the sleep medicine field.

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

Established in 2002, the AASM Award for Excellence in Education is presented to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions in sleep medicine education. The award serves to recognize and honor dedicated individuals who have skillfully enhanced the knowledge of professional and/or lay people in the area of sleep and sleep medicine or have made major contributions to the development of training programs or certification processes.

(Name changed in 2012 from Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy Award)

The Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy or Advocacy Award, established in 1996, acknowledges an individual who has developed or publicized significant initiatives that enhance healthy sleep or prevent sleep deprivation of Americans. Retired United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.) has continually supported sleep medicine initiatives and policy. His work on behalf of the field has been instrumental in increasing NIH funding for sleep, increasing public awareness of sudden infant death syndrome, 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, and in that capacity, he introduced the driver fatigue initiative, which passed in 1995.

How to Submit a Nomination

Those interested in nominating an individual for an award must submit the following documentation for consideration by the AASM Awards Advisory Panel:

  • 1-page letter of recommendation describing how the nominee embodies the attributes of the award
  • Nominee’s CV/resume*

*Submission of the nominee’s CV/resume is not required for the Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy or Advocacy Award.

The required documentation must be submitted to awards@aasm.org by Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021.

Nomination Review and Award Recipient Selection Process

The AASM Awards Advisory Panel will review the nominees and carefully consider all nominations in relation to the unique attributes of each award. The panel also will consider aspects of diversity — including gender, geography, race, and practice type — so that the award recipients reflect the richness and diversity of the field of sleep medicine. Following this review process, the panel will submit its recommendations of the final candidate(s) for each award to the AASM Board of Directors, which will make the final selections. Award recipients will receive a notification letter by email in late January or early February.

What is the AASM Awards Advisory Panel?

The AASM Awards Advisory Panel was formed in 2021 to assist the Board of Directors in the implementation of a fair, equitable, and transparent process for selecting AASM award recipients. Learn more about the panel on the AASM committees and task forces webpage.

For additional information, please visit the AASM Awards page or send an email to awards@aasm.org.