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, goals and rosters for 2020 – 2021.

The AASM also has several task forces responsible for the development of clinical practice guidelines. Learn more about these guidelines that are in-development.

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 2020/2021:

  1. Evaluate current accreditation programs and propose any revisions that would more closely align the programs to current and future practice models (e.g., corporate program structure, DME accreditation, new model for facility accreditation).
  2. Identify new accreditation programs to address new segments of sleep medicine practices or add value for AASM facility members (e.g., telemedicine, artificial intelligence).
  3. Review and determine accreditation application status for all forms of accreditation.
  4. Review and resolve accreditation related issues.
  5. Identify barriers that may discourage or prevent sleep centers from achieving accreditation and provide suggestions to the Board of Directors on ways the AASM can address them while ensuring high-quality patient-centered care.

Chair: Lara Wittine, MD
Vice-Chair: Kimi Clark Rodahaffer, RPSGT, RST, CCSH
Sanjay Agarwal, MD, MBA
Fady Jamous, MD
Bhanuprakash Kolla, MD
Edward Mezerhane, MD
Lowery Thompson, MD
Girish Trikha, MD
Stephanie Zandieh, MD
Board Liaison: James Rowley, MD
Staff: Melissa Clark, Ray Anthonijsz
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 Agenda with elected officials and federal agencies.

Goals for 2020/2021:

  1. Build personal relationships with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government in order to strengthen the AASM advocacy grassroots network.
  2. Help draft resolutions, letters and other communication to advance the AASM Legislative 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 to and engage them in advocacy activities at the state and federal level.

Chair: Thomas Speer, PhD, FAASM
Lobbyist: David Introcaso, PhD
Sally Ibrahim, MDU
Vidya Krishnan, MD, FAASM
Margaret Moen Rabish, MD
Pedram Navab, DO
Kassandra Olgers, PA
Feby Maria Puravath, MD
Muhammad Usama, MD
Board Liaison: Jennifer Martin, PhD
Staff: Eric Albrecht
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Alternative Payment Model (APM) Task Force will refine and finalize a bundled payment option for OSA management.

Goals for 2020/2021:

  1. Pursue economic analysis of the bundled payment model and present analysis to the Board of Directors.
  2. Refine the bundled payment model based on economic analysis and Board recommendations.
  3. Identify a non-Medicare population in which the bundled payment model can be tested and implement testing.
  4. Present testing results to Board of Directors and recommendation for whether to submit bundle to Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC).

Chair: Jeremy Weingarten, MD
Charles Bae, MD
Katherine Buki, MD
Raghu Upender, MD
Emerson Wickwire, PhD
Board Liaison: Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD
Staff: Diedra Gray, Sherene Thomas
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

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
SRS Chair: Anne Germain, PhD
Alon Avidan, MD (AASM)
Daniel Barone, MD (AASM)
Romy Hoque, MD (AASM)
Elizabeth Klerman, MD, PhD (SRS)
Rebecca Spencer, PhD (SRS)
Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD (Psychologist Reviewer)
AASM Board Liaison: James Rowley, MD
SRS Board Liaison: Kenneth P. Wright, PhD
Staff: Jordana Money, Becky Svientek

Mandate: The Artificial Intelligence in Sleep Medicine committee reviews advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) within the sleep medicine field. The committee provides information that is relevant to our members on how AI will affect them.

Goals for 2020/2021:

  1. Explore the use of computer-assisted scoring technologies and collaborate with Technology Innovation Committee.
  2. 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.
  3. If approved, design a certification program for clinical AI software.
  4. Develop educational content (e.g., AASM website blog posts, Montage article, Sleep Medicine Trends lecture) to continue to inform members about advances in AI and the role of AI in sleep medicine.

Chair/Technology Committee Liaison: Cathy Goldstein, MD
Vice-Chair: Azizi Seixas, PhD
Consultant: Sam Rusk
Consultant: Gary Garcia, PhD
Consultant: Daniel V. Fabbri, PhD
Arun Badi, MD, PhD
Anuja Bandyopadhyay, MBBS, MD
Hao Cheng, MD
Thomas Gustafson, MD
Octavian Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, MBA
Louis Kazaglis, MD
David Kent, MD
Susan Redline, MD, MPH
Haoqi Sun, PhD
Board Liaison: Steve Van Hout
Staff: Jon Wendling, Lynn Celmer
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Lawrence Epstein, MD
Vikas Jain, MD

Alejandro Chediak, MD
Patrick Strollo, MD

Jeffrey McGovern, MD
Mark Garwood, MD

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 2020/2021:

  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 changes to national or local Medicare policies and communicate these updates to members.
  5. Review and assess recommendations relevant to sleep medicine providers in the CMS Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule.
  6. 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)).
  7. Update and maintain coding FAQs on AASM website.
  8. Respond to member inquiries specific to the areas of coding and reimbursement.
  9. Develop resources for providers and centers which address how to handle discrepancies between AASM scoring criteria and CMS policy (e.g., new FAQs).

Chair (RUC Advisor): Jeffrey McGovern, MD
Vice Chair (RUC Advisor): Mark D. Garwood, MD
Consultant, CPT Alternate Representative: Vikas Jain, MD
Leonel Carrasco, MD
Gabriela De Bruin, MD
Homer Johnson, MD
Nikky Keer, DO
Asha Singh, MD
Jeremy Weingarten, MD
Board Liaison: Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD
Staff: Diedra Gray, Sherene Thomas
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

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 2020/2021:

  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).
  6. Develop responses to member inquiries about issues related to COVID-19.

Chair: Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD
Vice Chair: Shannon Sullivan, MD
Consultant: Elena Beam, MD
Matthew Anastasi, RPSGT, RST
Michael Berneking, MD
Joseph Cheung, MD
Seema Khosla, MD
Brittany Meyer, MD
Lisa Wolfe, MD
Board Liaison: Kannan Ramar, MD
Staff: Lawrence Epstein, MD, Thomas Heffron
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee works to promote a welcoming environment and improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the AASM.

Goals for 2020/2021:

  1. Continue to assess current AASM membership and leadership to identify underrepresented groups and recommend strategies to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the AASM’s leadership and membership.
  2. Identify any 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.

Chair: Andrew Spector, MD
Vice Chair: Kyra Clark, MD
Olufunke Afolabi-Brown MD
Loretta Colvin APRN, RN
Jose Contreras, MD
Chadwick Denman, DDS
Patricio Escalante MD, FAASM
Fauziya Hassan, MD
Venu Komakula, MD
Edith Mensah-Osman MD, PhD
Matthew Tucker, PhD
Anna Wani, MD
Board Liaison: Carol Rosen, MD
Staff: Mariam Owodele, Jennifer Ver Huel
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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. Review content of enduring AASM on-demand materials to ensure they meet ABIM MOC or other lifelong learning education credits requirements.
  4. Review submissions for the Young Investigator Research Awards and High School Video Contest.

Vice Chair: Meghna Mansukhani, MD
Samiya F. Ahmad MD
Sabin R. Bista MBBS, FAASM
Craig Canapari MD
Judy Chang MD, FAASM
Swapan A. Dholakia MD, FAASM
David Ingram MD
Elisabeth James PhD, C-BSM D-BSM
Sogol Javaheri MD
Camilla K. Matthews MD
John G. Park MD, FAASM
Lacie Petitto APRN, DNP
Stephanie M. Stahl MD
Board Liaison: Kannan Ramar, MD
Staff: Esther Eccleston, Catherine Elliott
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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.
  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 (Scoring Manual Committee Consultant)
Alexandre Abreu, MD
Vidya Krishnan, MD
Stuart Quan, MD (Scoring Manual Committee Chair)
Patrick Strollo, Jr., MD
Jeremy Weingarten, MD (APM Task Force Chair, Coding & Compliance Committee Member)
Board Liaison: Raman Malhotra, MD
Staff: Sherene Thomas
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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.
  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 Sateia, MD
Ronald Chervin, MD, MS
Kiran Maski, MD, MPH
Susheel Patil, MD, PhD
Board Liaison: Kelly Carden, MD, MBA
Staff: Jonathan Heald, Sherene Thomas
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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.

Chair: David Plante, MD
Susan Dunning, MD
Barry Fields, MD
Divya Gupta, MD
Meena Khan, MD
Ilene Rosen, MD, MS
Ian Weir, MD
Board Liaison: Anita Shelgikar, MD, MHPE
Staff: Larry Epstein, MD, Catherine Elliott, and Sally Podolski
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The AASM Intersociety Collaborations Presidential Committee fosters relationships between the AASM and other societies to identify and evaluate opportunities for collaboration.

Goals for 2020/2021:

  1. Identify opportunities to exhibit or speak at annual conferences of other medical societies and identify opportunities for representatives of other societies to speak at AASM events.
  2. Identify opportunities to collaborate on joint educational resources, courses, position statements, etc.
  3. Make recommendations to the Board of Directors/Executive Committee regarding collaboration requests from other societies.
  4. Submit recommendations to the Board of Directors on hosting future collaboration summits.
  5. Assist in the planning and development of future collaboration summits.

Chair: Helena Schotland, MD
Barbara W. Carlson PhD
Binal Kancherla MD
Catherine McCall MD
Phillip A. Nye MD
Joel M. Oster MD
Stanislav Ozhog DO
Kam Pareek DDS, MPH
Feby Maria Puravath MD
Kaninika Verma MD, FAASM, FCCP
Aleksandar Videnovic MD, FAASM
Nina S. Yoshpe MD
Board Liaison: Vishesh Kapur, MD
Staff: Catherine Elliott, Jennifer Ver Huel
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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: David S. Goldstein, MD
Vice-Chair: Robert Joseph Thomas, MD
Kanika Bagai MD, FAASM
Gwynne D. Church MD, FAASM
Rachel S. Darken MD, PhD
Katharina D. Graw-Panzer MD
Gita Gupta MD
John J. Harrington MD, FAASM
Muna Irfan MBBS, MD
Imran S. Khawaja MBBS, FAASM
Jennifer L. Marsella MD
Tanvi H. Mukundan MD
Iris A. Perez MD
Melanie Pogach MD
Board Liaison: Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc
Staff: Catherine Elliott, Alyssa Ebersole
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The OSA Outcomes Monitoring Tool Advisory Panel will develop a valid and reliable patient-reported outcomes monitoring tool for clinicians to use to monitor OSA symptom progression with treatment to demonstrate to patients, healthcare systems and payers the value of treating OSA.

Goals for 2020/2021:

  1. Develop conceptual framework for the monitoring tool.
  2. Provide feedback on the testing and refinement of the patient-reported outcomes monitoring tool.
  3. Provide feedback during the quantitative validation of the patient-reported outcomes monitoring tool.

Chair: Douglas Kirsch, MD
Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD
Charles Davies, MD
Charlene Gamaldo, MD
Carol Rosen, MD
Staff: Sherene Thomas
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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. 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.
  4. Track and review member concerns specific to payer policy issues and respond as necessary.

Chair: Kunwar P. Vohra, MD, FAASM
Vice Chair: Lynn D’Andrea, MD, FAASM
Ann Augustine MD
Peter C. Gay MD, FAASM
Fauziya Hassan MD
Ofer Jacobowitz MD, PhD, FAASM
Michelle B. Jonelis MD
Colleen G. Lance MD
Amy K. Licis MD
Curtis J. Mello MD
Board Liaison: Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD
Staff: Orlando Rivero, Diedra Gray
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The AASM Political Action Committee (PAC) 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 2020/2021:

  1. Represent the PAC at AASM events (e.g., SLEEP 2020, 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
Vice-Chair: Sameh Morkous, MD, FAAN
James L. Connolly MD
Beverly Fang MD
Dimitrios Kantas MD
Neeraj Kaplish MD
Ahmed S. Rashwan MD
Arveity R. Setty MD
Michael E. Yurcheshen MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: Jennifer Martin, PhD
Staff: Eric Albrecht
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  1. Support the relaunch of the Sleep Education public awareness website by reviewing content related to sleep disorders, diagnostics, and therapeutics to ensure medical accuracy while upholding principles of health literacy.
  2. Provide medical expertise and clinical insight to inform the public awareness strategies developed by the AASM.
  3. Create resources that can be used by AASM members to raise public awareness in their communities about the importance of sleep health.
  4. Participate as needed in 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.

Chair: Seema Khosla, MD
PR Consultant: Shannon Quinn
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: Raman Malhotra, MD
Staff: Sarah Hashmi, Corinne Lederhouse
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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. Represent the AASM at relevant conferences and events related to sleep, fatigue and public safety.

Chair: Shannon Sullivan, MD
Vice Chair: M. Adeel Rishi, MD
Jairo H. Barrantes, MD
Michael W. Berneking, MD
Raj Bhui, MD
Jocelyn Cheng, MD
Joseph W. Dombrowsky, MD
Erin E. Flynn-Evans PhD, MPH, RPSGT
Gautam Ganguly MD, FAASM
Abigail R Strang, MD
Raghu P. Upender, MD
Kin Yuen MD, FAASM
Board Liaison: Carol Rosen, MD
Staff: Eric Albrecht, Sarah Hashmi
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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).
  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.

Chair: Timothy Morgenthaler, MD
Ryan Donald, MD
Daniel S. Lewin, PhD
Robin Lloyd, MD
Amee A. Patel, MD
Sharon Schutte-Rodin, MD
Board Liaison: Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc
Staff: Diedra Gray, Sherene Thomas
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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 Quan MD, FAASM
Consultant: Richard Berry, MD
Alexandre Abreu, MD
Lourdes Del Rosso MD, FAASM
Molly-Min Mao MS, RRT, RPSGT, RST
David Plante MD, PhD, FAASM
Mark Pressman PhD, FAASM
Matthew Troester, DO
Bradley Vaughn, MD
Board Liaison: Eric Olson MD, FAASM
Staff: Sherene Thomas
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  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 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 fellow

Chair: Glen Greenough, MD
Oleg Chernyshev, MD
Muna Irfan, MD
Scott Kutscher, MD
Erik St. Louis, MD
Michelle Zeidler, MD
Board Liaison: Anita Shelgikar, MD
Staff: Sally Podolski
President: Kannan Ramar, 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 2020/2021:

  1. Develop an educational track for SLEEP 2021 for sleep technologists and respiratory therapists.
  2. Evaluate the AASM’s current educational resources 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. Develop an educational program as an eligibility pathway for the CCSH exam.
  5. Develop resources to help sleep technologists prepare for their registry exams.

Chair: Robert Stansbury, MD
Vice Chair: Michelle Cao, DO
Michelle Arp, RPSGT
Thomas Arrington, RST, RPSGT, CCSH
Kelly Gladden, RPSGT, RST, RRT
Christopher Hope, MD
Elise Maher, RPSGT
Duncan McCullough, RPSGT
Deanna Muncy, RST, CRT, CRT-SDS
Megan Rausch, RPSGT, RRT
Shaylynn Uresk, BSRT, RRT, SDS, RPSGT
Saiprakash Venkateshiah, MD
Robert Vorona, MD
Board Liaison: Kelly Carden, MD
Staff: Catherine Elliott, Kathleen Fitzgerald
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Technology Innovation Committee monitors and evaluates emerging and evolving technologies that impact the practice of sleep medicine. This committee is responsible for developing AASM member resources for members that include guidance on potential ways to incorporate this technology into clinical practice.

Goals for 2020/2021:

  1. Identify and prioritize emerging and evolving consumer and clinical technologies and 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 (webinars, podcasts, etc.).
  4. Collaborate with AI Committee regarding computer-assisted scoring technologies.
  5. Collaborate with AI Committee regarding validation and methodology.
  6. Provide feedback and recommendations to industry to improve clinical utility of emerging technologies.

Chair:  Maryann Deak, MD
Vice-Chair:  Sharon L Schutte-Rodin MD, Diplomate ABSM, CBSM, FAASM
AI Committee Liaison: Cathy Goldstein, MD
Kelly G. Baron PhD, MPH
Ambrose A. Chiang MD, FAASM
Steven Holfinger MD
Joseph D. Kern MD
Junjie Liu MD, PhD
Jennifer N. Miller PhD, APRN-NP
Ruchir P. Patel MD
Scott M. Ryals MD
Robyn L. Stremler PhD, RN, FAAN
Nitun Verma MD, FAASM
Deborah A. Ziwot DMD
Board Liaison: Kannan Ramar, MD
Staff: Jon Wendling, Lynn Celmer
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio

Mandate: The Telemedicine Presidential Committee develops resources for members and answers member inquiries so they can provide remote patient care effectively

Goals for 2020/2021:

  1. Review the existing AASM telemedicine resources.
  2. Update resources as necessary and develop new educational content (e.g., webinars, tutorials).
  3. Respond to member inquiries about issues relating to telemedicine.
  4. Identify and develop necessary protocols for evaluating and treating patients with sleep disorders.

Chair: Doug Kirsch, MD
Consultant:  David Hiestand, MD, PhD
Claire Barker RPSGT, CCSH
Michelle Devine MD
Swati Dhankikar MD
Innessa M. Donskoy MD FAAP
Zarmina Ehsan MBBS
Barry G. Fields MD, FAASM
Hunter A. Hearn MD
Dennis Hwang MD
Vikas Jain MD, FAASM, CPE
Dennis M. Kelley NP
William Martin PsyD
Arveity R. Setty MD
Qurratul A. Shamim-Uzzaman MBBS, MD, MS
Matthew M. Troester DO
Christine Won MD
Board Liaison: Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc
Staff:  Larry Epstein, MD, Diedra Gray
President: Kannan Ramar, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio