American Academy of Sleep Medicine Names Dr. M. Safwan Badr President


CONTACT: Lynn Celmer, 630-737-9700, ext. 9364,

DARIEN, IL – Detroit physician M. Safwan Badr, MD, became the 28th president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) in June. His one-year term as president of the board of directors began Monday, June 3, 2013, at SLEEP 2013 in Baltimore, Md.

A renowned sleep specialist, Badr will provide leadership for a professional society that represents nearly 10,000 physicians, scientists and allied health professionals in the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine.  Badr became an AASM member in 1989 and has served on the board of directors since 2008.  Established in 1975, the AASM is the leader in setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

Badr is professor and chief of the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and director of the sleep fellowship program, at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, where he has served in multiple positions, including professor of medicine, since 1996. His research program focuses on the pathophysiology and epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea.   He also is staff physician at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center and the Detroit Medical Center.

Badr earned his medical degree from Damascus University Medical School. Upon completion of his internal medicine internship and residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, he completed two fellowships at the University of Wisconsin, where he was appointed to the medical faculty in 1990.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Badr or for more information about the AASM (, please contact AASM Communications Coordinator Lynn Celmer at 630-737-9700, ext. 9364, or  A photo of Dr. Badr is available upon request.

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