DARIEN, IL – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is pleased to announce the election of President-elect Dr. Ilene M. Rosen and two new directors-at-large who will serve on the board of directors:  Dr. Eric J. Olson and Dr. James A. Rowley. Their terms will begin June 13, 2016. 

“As the sleep medicine field continues to evolve, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine requires strong leaders who will set the strategic direction for the organization,” said AASM President Dr. Nathaniel Watson. “I congratulate Dr. Rosen, Dr. Olson and Dr. Rowley, each of whom has displayed a steadfast commitment to our organization and to the field of sleep medicine.”

The new leaders were nominated by the board of directors following their recommendation by the Nominating Committee, and their election was confirmed by a vote of the membership. Their terms will commence during the AASM General Membership Meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13, during SLEEP 2016, the 30th anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) in Denver.

Dr. Rosen, who has been a member of the AASM since 2000, has served on the board of directors since 2011 and on the Executive Committee since 2014. She will serve a one-year term before becoming the 2017-2018 president. Dr. Rosen is an associate professor of clinical medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and is program director of Penn’s ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship. 

Dr. Olson has been an AASM member since 1998 and is an associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, where he also is a consultant to the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine and Center for Sleep Medicine. He has been elected to a three-year term and will be eligible for reelection.

Dr. Rowley, who has been a member of the AASM since 1996, is a professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, where he also is the chief of medicine at Harper University Hospital and the program director of the pulmonary/critical care fellowship program for Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. His election is for one year to complete an unexpired term, and he will be eligible for reelection next year.

Photos are available upon request. For more information, please contact Senior Communications Coordinator Amy Pyle at 630-737-9700, ext. 9366, or apyle@aasm.org

About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 
Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) improves sleep health and promotes high quality patient centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards. The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals.