DARIEN, IL – Today, Dr. Eric J. Olson became the 39th president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine board of directors. Olson assumed the role during SLEEP 2024, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, held in Houston.

During his one-year tenure as president, Olson will lead and collaborate with the organization’s 12,000 physicians, scientists, allied health professionals, and accredited sleep centers to strategically carry out the AASM’s mission of advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives.

“With millions of Americans experiencing chronic sleep disorders, the imperative need for innovative, patient-centered care is more pressing than ever,” said Olson. “It is a privilege to help guide the AASM’s diverse group of sleep medicine professionals as we continue to advocate for patients and educate the public about the importance of sleep for overall well-being.”

As a longstanding member of the AASM, Olson has held numerous key leadership roles within the organization over the years. He has served on the AASM Foundation board of directors since June 2016, most recently as the 2022-2023 secretary/treasurer. Notably, he has brought his expertise to several other pivotal committees, serving as the chair of the Sleep Technologists Issues Committee and a member of the Education Committee, Clinical Practice Committee, Nosology Committee and Alternative Payment for OSA Task Force, to name just a few.

“Together with our esteemed members, I am eager to drive evidence-based advancements, foster collaboration within the sleep community, and elevate the standards of patient care to enhance the sleep health of individuals,” Olson added.

Board-certified in sleep medicine and pulmonary disease, Olson is chair of the division of pulmonary/critical care medicine at the Mayo Clinic and a professor at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Additionally, he completed fellowships in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


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About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Established in 1975, the AASM advances sleep care and enhances sleep health to improve lives. The AASM has a combined membership of 12,000 accredited sleep centers and individuals, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who care for patients with sleep disorders. As the leader in the sleep field, the AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.