2021/2022 Committees and Task Forces

The AASM relies on the volunteer efforts of numerous committees and task forces to move forward the mission of the organization. Below is a listing of the sleep medicine committees and task forces with their mandates and goals for 2021 – 2022. Based on the AASM Conflict of Interest Policy, committee, task force and panel members are required to disclose any relevant conflicts when appointed in order to determine the appropriate management of conflicts. Any new conflicts that arise during a member’s term must also be disclosed at that time.

Mandate: The Accreditation Committee evaluates the existing accreditation programs and standards and identifies potential new accreditation models based on the current and future needs of the field of sleep medicine and the strategic priorities of the AASM. The committee will make all accreditation status decisions.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Finalize the standards for the new model of accreditation and prepare them to be posted for public comment.
  2. Identify specific stakeholders that should be invited to comment during the public comment period.
  3.  Identify new accreditation programs to address new segments of sleep medicine practices or add value for AASM facility members.
  4. Review and determine accreditation application status for all forms of accreditation.
  5. Review and resolve accreditation related issues.
  6. Review recommendations for an accreditation financial assistance program based on the results of the survey developed by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to collect information about accredited facilities and the populations they serve and present those recommendations to the BOD.

Chair: Lara Wittine, MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Kimi Clark Rodahaffer RST, RPSGT, CCSH
Edward Mezerhane, MD
Sanjay K Agarwal, MD, MBA, FCCP, ABDSM, FAASM
Alexandre R Abreu, MD, FAASM
Adam Clark RPSGT
Kristin Kelly-Pieper, MD
Safia Khan, MD
Fady G Jamous, MD
Board Liaison: David C Kuhlmann, MD, FAASM
Staff: Ray Anthonijsz, Matthew Gregus
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The AASM Advocacy Committee provides nonpartisan guidance and support for the implementation of AASM policy priorities at the local, state, and federal level in the United States. The committee helps develop strategies to engage members at the local and national level in advocacy and advance the AASM Legislative and Policy Agenda with elected officials and federal agencies.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Build personal relationships with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government to strengthen the AASM advocacy grassroots network.
  2. Help draft resolutions, letters and other communication to advance the AASM Legislative and Policy Agenda.
  3. Work with staff and AASM lobbyists to gain support in Congress and federal agencies by participating in the annual AASM Hill Day and other Hill visits as needed.
  4. Develop strategies to recruit other AASM members and other stakeholders and engage them in advocacy activities at the state and federal level.
  5. Work with staff and AASM lobbyists to develop strategies and identify speakers for periodic meetings of the Congressional Sleep Health Caucus.
  6. Identify and collaborate with organizations with similar goals to amplify our voice.

Chair: Vidya Krishnan MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Sally Ibrahim, MD, FAASM
Susan A Barrows, MD, FAASM
Andrew S Binder, MD, FAASM
Amara Emenike, MD
Alison S Kole, MD
Pedram Navab DO, FAASM
Kassandra Olgers PA-C
Feby Maria Puravath, MD
Muhammad Usama, MD
Board Liaison: Vishesh Kapur, MD, MPH FAASM
Staff: Eric Albrecht
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The APSS Program Committee is a joint committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). The committee shapes the annual SLEEP meeting and its content – everything from cutting-edge science to engaging speakers to beneficial education opportunities.
AASM Chair: Shalini Paruthi, MD, FAASM
Psychologist Reviewer: Julio Fernandez-Mendoza PhD, DBSM
Alon Y Avidan, MD, MPH, FAASM, FAAN
Romy Hoque, MD, FAASM
Deborah Hong, MD
AASM Board Liaison: James A Rowley, MD, FAASM
SRS Board Liaison: Kenneth P Wright PhD
Staff: Jordana Money, Jennifer Ver Huel
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Artificial Intelligence in Sleep Medicine Committee reviews advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) within the sleep medicine field. The committee provides educational information based on technological advances and the AASM’s strategic priorities to prepare our members for the clinical integration of AI.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Identify emerging trends and evolving AI technologies and collaborate with the Technology Innovation Committee to provide an analysis of their impact through an annual report to the membership.
  2. Assist staff with the pilot certification program for AI software by sharing knowledge and expertise.
  3. Review pilot AI certification program and provide recommendations for improvement.
  4. Develop educational content (e.g., AASM website blog posts, Montage article, Sleep Medicine Trends lecture, podcast episode) to continue to inform members about advances in AI and the role of AI in sleep medicine.
  5. Evaluate unrealized value of data obtained from the PSG for clinical application (e.g., spindle density, delta power) and collaborate with the Scoring Manual Committee as needed.

Chair: Anuja Bandyopadhyay MBBS
Vice-Chair: Azizi Seixas PhD
Consultant: Sam Rusk
Consultant: Jon S Agustsson PhD
Consultant: Daniel V Fabbri PhD
Hao Cheng, MD
Thomas P Gustafson, MD
Dennis Hwang, MD
Felicia Jefferson PhD
Octavian C Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FAASM
Roneil Malkani, MD
Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, FAASM
Margarita Oks, MD
Michael O Summers, MD, FAASM
Haoqi Sun PhD
Board Liaison: Steve Van Hout
Staff: Matthew Anastasi, Andrew Sampson, Jonathan Wendling
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Coding and Compliance Committee evaluates changes related to new and existing CPT and HCPCS Level II codes, and code values as determined by the Relative Value Scale Update Committee [RUC] and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules, policies and regulations to make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Monitor changes to, or introduction of new, HCPCS Level II and CPT codes that are relevant to sleep medicine providers.
  2. Identify opportunities for creating new codes for sleep medicine by reviewing all AASM clinical practice guidelines and the ICSD-3.
  3. Evaluate requests to develop or support CPT code change proposals and/or partner with sister organizations to develop and submit code change proposals.
  4. Review and assess recommendations relevant to sleep medicine providers in the CMS Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule.
  5. Develop resources for members to educate them on how to correctly code for services and properly comply with national and regional Medicare policies and other federal rules and regulations (e.g., E/M office codes, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)).
  6. Update and maintain coding FAQs on AASM website, including developing FAQs for providers and centers which address how to handle discrepancies between the AASM hypopnea scoring criteria and CMS policy.
  7. Respond to member inquiries specific to the areas of coding and reimbursement.
  8. In collaboration with the Payer Policy Review Committee, review the PAP national coverage determination (240.4) and local coverage determination (L33718) to identify any issues that impede patient care or are inconsistent with current AASM guidance and provide a rationale for why the current criteria and/or language are problematic.

Chair (RUC Advisor): Jeffrey McGovern, MD, FAASM, FCCP
Vice-Chair (RUC Advisor): Gabriela S De Bruin, MD
Consultant, CPT Alternate Representative: Jeremy A Weingarten, MD
Charles J Bae, MD, MHCI, FAASM
Marius Figueredo, MD
Kathleen F Sarmiento, MD, MPH
Arveity R Setty, MD, FAASM
Nikky Keer DO
Board Liaison: Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD, FAASM
Staff: Sherene Thomas PhD, Diedra Gray
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Conflict of Interest (COI) Advisory Panel assists the Board of Directors with the annual review and implementation of the AASM COI policy in order to maintain integrity, credibility and transparency across all volunteer and elected positions of the AASM.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Impartially assess potential conflicts of interest for all individuals in volunteer and elected positions within the AASM with judiciousness and consistency as outlined in the current version of the AASM COI policy.
  2. Review the COI policy and recommend changes to the Board of Directors, if any.

Jennifer L Martin PhD, FAASM
Kannan Ramar, MD, FAASM
Anita V Shelgikar, MD, MHPE, FAASM
Clete A Kushida, MD, PhD, FAASM
Alcibiades J Rodriguez, MD, FAASM
James K Wyatt PhD, FAASM
Staff: Steve Van Hout, Sherene Thomas PhD, Christen Whittington

Mandate: The COVID-19 Task Force provides information and analysis to the Board of Directors, identifies best practices, develops resources for members, and answers member inquiries related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The task force develops interim guidance to help sleep medicine professionals and accredited sleep facilities promote public health, protect patient and staff safety, and provide high-quality patient care during and after the pandemic.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Provide information and analysis related to COVID-19 to the Board of Directors for strategic discussion.
  2. Periodically review the existing AASM COVID-19 resources to identify outdated information and content gaps.
  3. Update existing resources as necessary to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information for members.
  4. Develop new resources to fill content gaps and address new COVID-19 related issues as they emerge.
  5. Assess and deliver educational opportunities on COVID-19 related topics using different platforms in collaboration with other committees (e.g., Education Committee) and professional societies.
  6. Develop responses to member inquiries about issues related to COVID-19.

Chair: Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH
Vice-Chair: Shannon S Sullivan, MD, FAASM
Consultant: Elena Beam, MD
Michael W Berneking, MD, FAASM
Joseph Cheung, MD
Seema Khosla, MD, FAASM
Brittany J Meyer, MD
Jennifer Y So, MD
Lisa F Wolfe, MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: Kannan Ramar, MD, FAASM
Staff: Lawrence J Epstein, MD, FAASM, Thomas Heffron
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee works to promote a welcoming environment within the AASM and improves diversity, equity and inclusion within membership and the field of Sleep Medicine.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Assess AASM’s membership and leadership to identify underrepresented groups and recommend strategies to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within the AASM.
  2. Identify internal and external barriers that may deter members from underrepresented groups from serving in the AASM’s leadership roles within the AASM.
  3. Develop resources that will educate AASM members and leaders on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  4. Assist in the administration of diversity, equity & inclusion awards and scholarships.
  5. Assist in the development of a survey to collect data from accredited facilities in underserved communities.
  6. Review AASM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement on an annual basis and provide change recommendations to the Board of Directors, if needed.
  7. Identify practices within sleep medicine that contribute to health care disparities and provide strategies for members to reduce inequities.

Chair: Andrew Spector, MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Kyra Clark, MD, FACP FAASM
Marietta L Bibbs RPSGT, CCSH
Lourdes DelRosso, MD, FAASM
Chadwick R Denman DDS
Stephen A Glazer, MD
Pamela E Hamilton Stubbs, MD, FAASM
Fauziya Hassan, MD
Lissette Jimenez, MD, MA, FAASM, FAAN
Venu Komakula, MD, MPH
William Martin PsyD, MPH , MSc
Anna Wani, MD
Board Liaison: Eric J Olson, MD, FAASM
Staff: Jetaun Mallett, Mariam Owodele, Jennifer Ver Huel
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Education Committee proposes and develops educational programs, initiatives and products that meet the educational needs of the AASM membership and their patients.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Review and assess the efficacy of all AASM education products and update, as necessary, those out of alignment with current standards and guidelines and those that can be improved or enhanced.
  2. Identify gaps in sleep educational resources for sleep medicine stakeholders (e.g., sleep team members, other medical specialties, surgical specialties) and develop resources as necessary.
  3. Identify and recommend opportunities to collaborate with other professional societies to develop an educational program or resource to support workforce development.
  4. Review submissions for the Trainee Investigator Awards.
  5. Approve CME hours for live and on-demand educational materials.

Chair: Meghna P Mansukhani, MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Alejandra C Lastra, MD
Samiya F Ahmad, MD
Rakesh Bhattacharjee, MD, DABP, RPSGT, CBSM, DBSM
Sabin R Bista MBBS, FAASM
Judy Chang, MD, FAASM
Swapan A Dholakia, MD, FAASM
Ajay Godse, MD
David Ingram, MD
Camilla K Matthews, MD
Syeda S Munir, MD
John G Park, MD, FAASM
Jack Peltz Ph.D.
Lacie Petitto APRN, DNP
Stephanie M Stahl, MD
Board Liaison: James A Rowley, MD, FAASM
Staff: Esther Eccleston
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Emerging Technology Committee monitors and evaluates emerging and evolving technologies that impact the practice of sleep medicine. This committee is responsible for developing AASM member resources that provide information and analysis on emerging consumer and clinical sleep technology and potential ways to incorporate this technology into clinical practice, when/if appropriate.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Identify emerging trends and evolving consumer and clinical technologies and collaborate with the Artificial Intelligence in Sleep Medicine Committee to provide an analysis of their impact through an annual report to the membership.
  2. Develop additional new technology assessment reports while reviewing and updating existing reports on a regular basis.
  3. Develop educational resources for members that include guidance on the use of the highest-prioritized technologies (e.g., Montage content, webinars, podcast episodes, etc.).
  4. Gather more information from industry and provide feedback and recommendations to industry to improve clinical utility of emerging technologies.

Chair: Maryann Deak, MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Sharon L Schutte-Rodin, MD, Diplomate ABSM, CBSM, FAASM
Kelly G Baron PhD, MPH
Ambrose A Chiang, MD, FAASM
Ken He, MD, PharmD
Steven Holfinger, MD, MS
Joseph D Kern, MD
Junjie Liu, MD, PhD
Jen N Miller PhD, APRN-NP
Ruchir P Patel, MD
Dulip Ratnasoma M.D.
Scott M Ryals, MD, FAASM
Nitun Verma, MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD, FAASM
Staff: Lynn Celmer, Kate Robards
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Hypopnea Scoring Rule Task Force will create strategies for adoption and implementation of the AASM RECOMMENDED adult hypopnea scoring criteria amongst members, payers and devices manufacturers.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Develop and submit strategies to the Board of Directors for how to communicate to and prepare all accredited sleep facilities to use the AASM RECOMMENDED adult hypopnea scoring rule, taking into consideration development of educational resources for members and the implementation timeline for members and diagnostic device manufacturers. (COMPLETE)
  2. Identify gaps in research that would strengthen the evidence base for utilizing the AASM RECOMMENDED adult scoring rule for hypopneas/arousal-based scoring that can be recommended as potential topic areas for research awards through the AASM Foundation.
  3. Develop and submit a plan to the Board of Directors for how to approach the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about aligning terminology, definitions and scoring criteria in their diagnostic testing policy with the AASM Scoring Manual (e.g., REI for home sleep apnea tests, definition of RDI, AASM RECOMMENDED scoring rule for hypopneas).

Chair: Richard B Berry, MD, FAASM
Alexandre R Abreu, MD, FAASM
Vidya Krishnan, MD, FAASM
Stuart F Quan, MD, FAASM
Patrick J Strollo Jr, MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: Raman K Malhotra, MD, FAASM
Staff: Sherene Thomas PhD
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The ICSD-3 Revision Task Force will evaluate whether updates are needed for the ICSD-3 and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Review the ICSD-3 and develop a project charter which gives an overview of how the ICSD-3 will be reviewed, a timeline and suggests content experts that would review and propose updates for each chapter. (COMPLETE)
  2. Implement and oversee the review process and submit recommendations for revisions to Board of Directors for approval.
  3. Review the literature and potentially propose text updates.

Chair: Michael J Sateia, MD, FAASM
Ronald D Chervin, MD, FAASM
Kiran P Maski, MD
Susheel P Patil, MD, PhD, FAASM
Board Liaison: James A Rowley, MD, FAASM
Staff: Uzma Kazmi, Sherene Thomas PhD
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Innovative Fellowship Models Advisory Panel oversees implementation of the ACGME Advancing Innovation in Residency Education (AIRE) proposals.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Monitor the progress of the ACGME AIRE proposals and work with the ACGME during the pilot period.
  2. Oversee implementation of approved AIRE proposals.
  3. Act as the review committee for the pilot programs.
  4. Monitor and review applications for the upcoming year.
  5. Review outcomes of the pilot and provide recommendations to the AASM Board regarding transition the innovative fellowship models pilot to an established and utilized program.

Chair: David T Plante, MD, PhD, FAASM
Barry G Fields, MD, FAASM
Divya Gupta, MD, FAASM
Meena S Khan, MD
Ilene M Rosen, MD, FAASM
Ian D Weir DO, FAASM
Board Liaison: Anita V Shelgikar, MD, MHPE, FAASM
Staff: Lawrence J Epstein, MD, FAASM, Sally Podolski
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Lifelong Learning Development Committee develops educational resources related to lifelong learning in the field of sleep medicine, including the sleep medicine in-training examination and maintenance of certification (MOC) products.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Update the sleep medicine in-training examination to ensure that it accurately reflects the content areas of the sleep medicine certification examination and oversee the process that ensures the exam is valid and reliable.
  2. Develop and update MOC self-assessment exams to ensure they align with current standards and guidelines.
  3. Evaluate question performance in MOC self-assessment exams and replace poorly performing questions to ensure a high-quality learning experience.
  4. Develop and update references and/or rationale for questions in the AASM item bank where they are currently absent or outdated.

Chair: Robert J Thomas, MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Rachel S Darken, MD, PhD, FAASM
Puneet K Aulakh, MD
Kanika Bagai, MD, FAASM
Norman M Friedman, MD
Katharina D Graw-Panzer, MD
Karen A Hentschel-Franks DO
Annamaria Iakovou, MD
Muna Irfan MBBS,, MD
Michelle Kanney, MD
Jennifer L Marsella, MD
Tanvi H Mukundan, MD
Brian N Palen
Ninotchka Sigua, MD
Mary S Stevens, MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: Vishesh Kapur, MD, MPH FAASM
Staff: Alyssa Ebersole
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Payer Policy Review Committee develops and maintains resources based on AASM publications for payers to use when updating or establishing sleep-specific policies.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Communicate with payers to encourage correct interpretation and adoption of AASM recommendations.
  2. Create and maintain public online scorecards to show committee assessments of which payers policies align with the Adult Diagnostic Testing for OSA Clinical Practice Guideline.
  3. Develop a payer scorecard for the treatment of insomnia (pharmacologic, behavioral, and psychological).
  4. Review private payer policy alignment with the AASM Recommended hypopnea scoring criteria, encourage adoption of Recommended scoring criteria and communicate to members whether private payer policies allow using the Recommended scoring criteria.
  5. Review and comment on payor policies for medications for patients with hypersomnia.
  6. Draft a template letter for members and patients to use when advocating for alignment of the payer policy with the AASM Recommended hypopnea scoring criteria.
  7. Review private payer policies to see if they require accreditation for sleep facilities and advocate for the inclusion of this requirement in order to ensure high quality patient care.
  8. In collaboration with the Coding & Compliance Committee, review the PAP national coverage determination (240.4) and local coverage determination (L33718) to identify any issues that impede patient care or are inconsistent with current AASM guidance and provide a rationale for why the current criteria and/or language are problematic.
  9. Track and review member concerns specific to payer policy issues and respond, as necessary.

Chair: Kunwar P Vohra, MD, MBA, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Lynn A D’Andrea, MD, FAASM
Consultant: Peter C Gay, MD, FAASM
Ann Augustine, MD
Radhika S Breaden, MD
Bhanu Prakash Kolla, MD, FAASM
Michelle B Jonelis, MD
Curtis J Mello, MD
Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nawab, MD, FCCP
Natarajan Subramanian, MD
Board Liaison: Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD, FAASM
Staff: Diedra Gray, Sherene Thomas PhD
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The AASM Political Action Committee Advisory Panel leaders serve as ambassadors for the PAC by encouraging member engagement, providing strategic counsel to guide fundraising activities, and supporting AASM advocacy initiatives.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Represent the PAC at AASM events (e.g., SLEEP, Sleep Medicine Trends), educate members about the importance of legislative advocacy, and urge them to make contributions to the PAC.
  2. Assist staff in the development of a comprehensive fundraising and communications strategy that expands member engagement and grows contributions to the PAC.
  3. Review staff recommendations for PAC distributions to legislative campaigns.

Chair: Rafael Pelayo, MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Sameh Morkous, MD,FAAP, FAAN,FAASM
James L Connolly, MD, FAASM
Beverly Fang, MD
Dimitrios Kantas, MD
Neeraj Kaplish, MD
Ahmed S Rashwan, MD
Arveity R Setty, MD, FAASM
Michael E Yurcheshen, MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: David C Kuhlmann, MD, FAASM
Staff: Eric Albrecht
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The AASM Public Awareness Advisory Committee provides medical expertise/clinical insight and participates in public awareness activities to promote greater public recognition that sleep is essential to health.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Provide medical expertise and clinical insight to inform the public awareness strategies developed by the AASM.
  2. Create presentations on new topics that can be used by AASM members to raise public awareness in their communities related to sleep health.
  3. Participate as needed in media interviews and social media initiatives — such as Twitter chats and Facebook Live broadcasts — and other public awareness events organized by the AASM, including activities related to annual designations such as World Sleep Day in March, Insomnia Awareness Night in June, Student Sleep Health Week in September, and Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in November.
  4. Help raise awareness that sleep is essential to health by submitting letters to the editor, editorials, or commentaries to local and national news publications.
  5. Develop a roster of AASM members who can serve as podcast speakers, identify their topics of expertise, create a target list of podcasts, and pitch episode ideas to these podcasts to secure speaking engagements that will raise sleep awareness among a wide audience of listeners.
  6. Identify and implement strategies to raise sleep awareness among other provider groups (e.g., primary care) and provide sleep-related resources for them in collaboration with the Education Committee.
  7. Review Sleep Education content as needed to ensure it is current and accurate while upholding principles of health literacy.
  8. Identify and partner with other organizations to amplify our reach.
  9. Review submissions for the High School Video Contest.

Chair: Seema Khosla, MD, FAASM
David Bishop LCSW
Shelley Hershner, MD, FAASM
Reeba Mathew, MD
Andrea Matsumura, MD
Anne M Morse DO
John Saito, MD
Rafael J Sepulveda, MD
Imran Shaikh, MD
Virginia Skiba, MD
Board Liaison: Carol L Rosen, MD, FAASM
Staff: Sarah Hashmi, Corinne Lederhouse
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Public Safety Committee identifies safety risks related to sleep, fatigue and circadian misalignment and develops strategies to advocate for and promote improved regulatory oversight, awareness, alertness, and overall safety.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Monitor regulatory agencies’ actions, state and federal legislation, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations, new research publications, and news reports for safety updates related to sleep and fatigue.
  2. Draft responses from the AASM when federal agencies or other organizations issue safety notices requesting public comments on issues related to sleep and fatigue.
  3. Help shape public opinion on safety issues related to sleep and fatigue by drafting letters, letters to the editor, editorials, commentaries and/or position statements.
  4. Support AASM advocacy initiatives by engaging in outreach efforts and developing resources to educate members about safety topics such as drowsy driving, school start times, burnout, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and fatigue in the transportation industry.
  5. Develop and implement strategies and partner with relevant stakeholders to improve drowsy driving education through state departments of motor vehicles (e.g., “rules of the road” handbooks and driver exams) and driver’s education programs.
  6. Represent the AASM at relevant conferences and events related to sleep, fatigue, and public safety.

Chair: Shannon S Sullivan, MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Muhammad Rishi, MD
Jairo H Barrantes M.D.
Michael W Berneking, MD, FAASM
Raj Bhui, MD
Jocelyn Cheng, MD
Jennifer Creamer, MD
Joseph W Dombrowsky, MD
Gautam Ganguly, MD, FAASM
Olatunji S Olaoye, MD
Kathleen J Sexton-Radek PhD, D.BSM
Abigail R Strang, MD
Kin M Yuen, MD, MS, FAASM
Board Liaison: Eric J Olson, MD, FAASM
Staff: Eric Albrecht, Sarah Hashmi
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Quality Measures Task Force supports the development, maintenance and implementation of sleep-specific quality measures and a qualified clinical data registry to track and improve quality of care and increase member participation in national quality reporting programs.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Review the existing AASM quality measure portfolio.
  2. Identify gaps in measurement to determine whether additional measures should be developed.
  3. Prioritize AASM measures for implementation in the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). (COMPLETE)
  4. Review the draft data dictionaries for all measures selected for implementation in the QCDR.
  5. Work with the selected registry vendor to develop a test plan to demonstrate feasibility and scientific acceptability of the measures.

Ryan A Donald, MD
Daniel S Lewin PhD, Diplomate Emeritus, ABDSM
Robin M Lloyd, MD, FAASM
Amee Revana DO
Sharon L Schutte-Rodin, MD, Diplomate ABSM, CBSM, FAASM
Board Liaison: Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc
Staff: Diedra Gray, Sherene Thomas PhD
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Scoring Manual Committee reviews the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events, provides clarifications of the scoring rules, and recommends necessary updates to ensure it is current with AASM publications and policies, while addressing the evolution of sleep testing technology.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Submit recommendations for changes to be included in Scoring Manual 3 to the Board of Directors.
  2. Review current literature about scoring, testing reliability, and new sleep testing technology and submit recommendations for changes to the Board of Directors, as necessary.
  3. Update the AASM Scoring Manual FAQ document as needed.
  4. Respond to member inquiries about the AASM Scoring Manual.

Chair: Stuart F Quan MD, FAASM
Vice-Chair: Matthew M Troester DO, FAASM
Consultant: Richard B Berry, MD, FAASM
Alexandre R Abreu, MD, FAASM
Mohammed S Alzoubaidi MBBS
Anuja Bandyopadhyay MBBS
Molly-Min Mao MS, RRT, RPSGT, RST
Syeda S Munir, MD
David T Plante, MD, PhD, FAASM
Mark R Pressman PhD, FAASM
Alcibiades J Rodriguez, MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: Eric J Olson, MD, FAASM
Staff: Sherene Thomas PhD
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Sleep Medicine Fellowship Directors Council (SMFDC) Steering Committee recommends and develops resources to support sleep medicine fellowship programs and program directors.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Develop and facilitate an annual forum and two to three Faculty Development Workshops for Program Directors at the SLEEP meeting.
  2. Manage existing content and develop new content as needed for the fellow section of the AASM Choose Sleep website.
  3. Strategize ways to strengthen the quality, diversity, and increase the number of individuals entering sleep medicine fellowships and bring recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  4. Support the Sleep Medicine Match and ensure that all programs adhere to the All-In Policy.
  5. Develop and distribute materials that assist programs in meeting ACGME requirements, including facilitating monthly webinars for sleep medicine fellows (September-May).
  6. Develop and facilitate an educational course for the next year’s incoming sleep medicine fellows.

Chair: Glen P Greenough, MD, FAASM
Oleg Y Chernyshev, MD, PhD, FAASM
Muna Irfan, MD, FAASM
Scott Kutscher, MD
Iris A Perez, MD
Michelle R Zeidler, MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc
Staff: Sally Podolski
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Sleep Technologist and Respiratory Therapist Education Committee recommends and develops educational content that is critical for sleep technologists and respiratory therapists working in AASM-accredited sleep facilities.

Goals for 2021/2022:

  1. Develop an educational track for SLEEP 2021 for sleep technologists and respiratory therapists.
  2. Evaluate the AASM’s current educational resources (including comparing AASM resources to the new RST Exam Blueprint) for sleep technologists and respiratory therapists and recommend educational resources to fill any gaps.
  3. Review the A-STEP educational curriculum to ensure that it is relevant and comprehensive to prepare entry-level sleep technologists for employment in an AASM-accredited sleep facility.
  4. Complete an educational program as an eligible pathway for the CCSH exam.
  5. Develop resources to help sleep technologists prepare for their registry exams.

Chair: Robert C Stansbury, MD
Vice-Chair: Michelle T Cao DO, FAASM
Thomas H Arrington RST, RPSGT, CCSH
Michael G Bonacum DO, FACP
Joseph W Castillo RST, RPSGT, CCSH
Christopher R Hope, MD, MHA
Deanna L Muncy RST, CRT, CRT-SDS
Caroline Okorie, MD
Megan Rauch BSRC, RRT, RPSGT
Mark Spiceland RPSGT
Shaylynn Uresk RRT
Kanta Velamuri, MD
Saiprakash B Venkateshiah, MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: David C Kuhlmann, MD, FAASM
Staff: Kathleen Fitzgerald
President: Raman Malhotra, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio