International Assembly

The AASM International Assembly is an online community that gives sleep medicine professionals an opportunity to network and learn from colleagues around the world. Members who reside outside the U.S. are automatically enrolled in the assembly.

To access the International Assembly online community:

  • Log in to your AASM account at aasm.org.
  • Make sure your information is up to date, since you will be automatically added to our available assemblies based on data from your member account.
  • Select “My Groups” from the left-side menu of your member account.
  • Start participating in conversations or connecting with other members.

Members who reside in the U.S. can join the assembly by request. Send your request to assemblies@aasm.org.

Read below for information about the International Members Ambassador program, Global Practice of Sleep Medicine submissions to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, translation requests, and more.

The International Ambassadors represent AASM members across the world. Ambassadors serve as liaisons for local members and the AASM with the intent to help advance the field of sleep medicine in local and regional territories.

Lourdes Del Rosso, MD | Chair
Region: Northern America

Lourdes DelRosso is the chair of the AASM International Assembly. She is currently an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and sleep physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has a strong interest in global sleep health. She is originally from Peru and has been involved in several international medical/educational trips. From 2014-2017, she was a fellow of public health at the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Penn in Latin America Steering Committee. Dr. DelRosso has served in the AASM as chair of the Education Committee and chair of the International Members Task Force. Her vision for the assembly is to promote a place within the AASM for international members to network, collaborate and have opportunities to share. Also, part of the mission of the assembly will be to expand sleep medicine knowledge to medical providers all over the world to improve access to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders for everyone. She is happy to be a part of this initiative and looks forward to a great year ahead.

Ari Manuel, MBBS, MRCP, Bsc | Vice Chair
Region: Europe/Northern Europe

Ari Manuel is passionate about improving care for patients diagnosed with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in the U.K. During his clinical and academic career, Dr. Manuel’s guiding aim has always been to improve the patient pathway for those who have SDB. He has worked in sleep units for over 10 years in both a clinical and an academic capacity. During his academic tenure at Oxford, a key aspect to Dr. Manuel’s work was the ability to gather data, analyze and critique it to a high standard to synthesize useful conclusions. This led to a peer-reviewed publication and an editorial on his work in a well-known respiratory journal. He has had the opportunity to apply these skills in other forums, such as contributing to the British Thoracic Society (BTS) driving guidelines for patients with OSA. Dr. Manuel works on several national committees including BTS, Royal Society of Medicine, and British Sleep Society, which enables him to be aware of the current challenges to provision of services for patients with SDB. Dr. Manuel has appeared on national radio to promote healthy lifestyles and weight management to socially disadvantaged minorities. He is a medical trustee to Hope-2-Sleep, a sleep apnea charity, and has also worked with the British Lung Foundation.

Morenikeji Komolafe, MBBS, MD, FWACP | Ambassador
Region: Africa/Western Africa

Morenikeji Komolafe is a professor of neurology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria. She graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1990 with an MBBS degree and became a fellow of the West African College of Physicians in 2000. She obtained the post graduate diploma in clinical neurology at the Institute of Neurology, University College London in 2009. She participated in the Mini-Fellowship Program of the AASM in 2011 and was at the Center of Circadian and Sleep Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. In her institution, she coordinates the multidisciplinary sleep research team, supervises postgraduate students, and manages sleep disorders in the Neurology Clinic. Her current research focuses on effects of sleep deprivation in adolescents and health professionals, as well as sleep disorders in stroke, epilepsy, and sickle cell disease. In recent years, she has focused on improving the awareness of sleep disorders among health professionals by coordinating update lectures during World Sleep Day annually in March and sleep awareness efforts for students and talks on sleep disorders in the media.

Pei-Lin Lee, MD, PhD | Ambassador
Region: Asia/Eastern Asia

Pei-Lin Lee earned her M.D. from College of Medicine, China Medical University and Ph.D. from Graduate Institution of Clinical Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTU), College of Medicine. She received residency training in the Department of Internal Medicine and clinical fellow training in Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH). Her experience includes a role as a research fellow at Royal Infirmary Hospital, Edinburgh University, U.K. She also served as a member of the AASM International Member Task Force. Her current positions include clinical associate professor, NTU, College of Medicine; director, Center of Sleep Disorder; and attending physician, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, NTUH. Her academic positions include international ambassador, AASM International Assembly; committee member, Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine; and member, Taiwan Society of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Sleep Medicine Task Force. Also, she serves in editorial role for PLOS ONE; Sleep and Breathing; and Thoracic Medicine. Her research interests include clinical phenotyping, molecular mechanism, and therapeutic intervention of obstructive sleep apnea. Her other works include sleep-disordered breathing in pediatrics and pregnancy. Her current focus is new technology and big data in sleep medicine.

Gaurav Nigam, MBBS | Ambassador
Region: Asia/Southeastern Asia

Dr. Gaurav Nigam is a triple board-certified physician. He is certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and family practice by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Nigam specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and has published over 30 peer reviewed papers in esteemed journals worldwide. He is also a peer reviewer for various sleep medicine journals and is an editorial board member of Journal of Sleep Disorder and Therapy. His research interests in sleep medicine include central sleep apnea treatment, emergent central sleep apnea, and parasomnias. He is a true pioneer in the field of sleep research. During his fellowship at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor he published a seminal paper in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine outlining a newly discovered sleep problem which they termed “sleep-related scratching.” Given his active contribution to the field in 2019, he was selected to the International Members Task Force committee to help grow the field in developing countries where there is a dearth of sleep medicine providers. In addition to sleep medicine, Dr. Nigam also enjoys practicing hospital and emergency medicine. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Nigam loves promoting health and wellbeing by giving community lectures on plant-based diets. He also enjoys tennis, traveling, hiking, yoga, and meditation.

Cinthya Pena Orbea, MD | Ambassador
Region: Latin America/Central and South America

Cinthya Pena Orbea completed her internal medicine residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago in 2017. She pursued a sleep medicine fellowship (2017-2018), followed by a hospital medicine fellowship (2018-2019) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Currently, Dr. Pena Orbea is a staff physician at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Her main research interest focuses on developing innovative care paths to improve delivery of care and outcomes post-discharge in patients diagnosed with sleep-disordered breathing in the hospital.

The International Members Ambassador Program (IMAP) is a part of the AASM International Assembly. The ambassadors will update the International Assembly by posting regularly in the online group.

Mandate

  • Act as a liaison between physicians, sleep technologists, other members of the sleep team, sleep centers, sleep societies/associations that are outside of the United States and the AASM.
  • Increase opportunities for collaboration by fully integrating international members within the AASM.

Goals for 2020/2021

  1. Promote international awareness of the AASM and its practice standards
  2. Increase the number of international AASM members
  3. Identify and support initiatives that will fully integrate international members within the AASM and create opportunities for collaboration

Locations

Ambassadors are identified as the liaison for each continent and sub-region. This includes Africa, Asia, Central and South America/Caribbean, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

At least one ambassador will represent each continent and sub-region, with some large regions requiring two or more ambassadors. See the table below for a regional breakdown.

Africa Asia Central and
South America
and the
Caribbean
Europe Northern America Oceania
  • Northern Africa
  • Eastern Africa
  • Middle Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Western Africa
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Asia
  • Southeastern Asia
  • Southern Asia
  • Western Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • South America
  • Eastern Europe
  • Northern Europe
  • Southern Europe
  • Western Europe
  • Canada
  • Greenland
  • Antarctica
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Melanesia
  • Micronesia
  • Polynesia

Qualifications

The ambassador should:

  • Actively work in the field of sleep medicine
  • Be an active member of the AASM in good standing
  • Reside in or be very familiar with the ambassador region

Responsibilities

It is the role of the ambassador to be the liaison for those locally and the AASM with the intent to help advance the field of sleep medicine in local and regional territories. Service as an ambassador is a one-year appointment with a maximum of a three-year consecutive term. Responsibilities may include:

  • Serve as a point of contact for those needing guidance in the field of sleep medicine locally. The ambassador should be able to direct individuals to available AASM resources and/or assist the AASM in determining translation needs of AASM resources.
  • Act as a point of contact between local, national or regional sleep societies and the AASM to help foster relationships and collaboration.
  • Assist in finding a speaker for presentations on behalf of the AASM to local, national, or regional sleep conferences.
  • Help answer questions that have been sent to a general ambassador program email.
  • Assist with questions regarding AASM standards of practice.
  • Stay current with all active AASM clinical practice guidelines, practice parameters, clinical guidelines and best practice papers.
  • At a minimum, participate in one AASM educational course/session/event (on-site, livestream or on-demand) annually.
  • Ambassadors will be evaluated on a routine basis to ensure ongoing success.

Application Process

Members interested in applying to be an international ambassador are asked to submit the following materials to assemblies@aasm.org:

  • A current CV
  • A statement of interest indicating why you are suited to be an AASM International Ambassador
  • A letter of support from a sleep medicine mentor or colleague

Note that other documentation may be required on a case-by-case basis.

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It is distributed to nearly 11,000 AASM members and journal subscribers, who have access to all new and archived articles.

Submissions

Several types of manuscripts are accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, including submissions to the Global Practice of Sleep Medicine section.

The Global Practice of Sleep Medicine section introduces readers to the worldwide scope and practice of sleep medicine. It is hoped that by sharing information about sleep medicine structure and practice in countries around the world, commonalities and barriers are better identified, paving the way for global collaboration.

Access submission guidelines for the Global Practice of Sleep Medicine section of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

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Spanish Patient Fact Sheet Subscription

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AASM Patient Guides

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Sleep Apnea Self-Assessment Tool

Available in English and Spanish, this resource helps patients identify the common symptoms of sleep apnea. It also helps them understand their risk factors for this chronic disease. Patients can download, print and complete this self-assessment to discuss their sleep apnea risk with their health care provider.