Keynote: HELP! Challenges as Sleep Medicine Meets the Future
James A. Rowley, MD, received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where he developed his interest in sleep medicine. Dr. Rowley is presently professor of medicine at Rush University in the division of Pulmonary/Critical Care & Sleep Medicine. He serves as the program director for the Rush Sleep Medicine fellowship. He is a professor emeritus at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.
Dr. Rowley presently serves as the president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has been on the board of directors of the AASM since 2016. As a volunteer for the AASM, he has been active in guideline development, educational initiatives and accreditation.
Jennifer L. Martin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an expert in sleep disorders and sleep health. She also serves as the associate director for clinical and health services research and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. Dr. Martin’s scientific research program focuses on improving sleep as a key component of maintaining and improving physical and mental health. Her work has included studies of novel approaches to treating insomnia disorder, and in understanding how improved sleep leads to health benefits. She has over 200 scientific publications, is co-editor of the book “Essentials of Sleep Medicine,” published in 2022, and currently serves as the immediate past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
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Nancy A. Collop, MD, is the director of the Emory Sleep Center. She holds a primary appointment in the Emory School of Medicine as professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine and is the associate director for sleep medicine. She also holds a secondary appointment as professor of neurology.
She served on the AASM board of directors from 2006 – 13, including president (2011-12) and the ABSM board of directors from 1998-2009, serving as president from 2002-2009. She has served on the board of directors of: the American Sleep Medicine Foundation; the ACCP Board of Regents; the Chest Foundation; the Maryland Sleep Society and served as their first president; GASP (Georgia Associated Sleep Professionals); and the Society for Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM). She was a founding member of the American Board of Medical Specialties Sleep Medicine Examination Committee and the ABIM Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Self Evaluation Process committees.
She is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and the section editor of Sleep Medicine for Up-To-Date.
At Emory, Dr. Collop has developed an interdisciplinary program in sleep medicine that involves enhancing not only the clinical care of patients with sleep disorders but also research and educational endeavors needed to move the specialty of sleep medicine forward.
Integrating Artificial Intelligence into
Your Practice: To Use or Not to Use?
Update in Pediatric Sleep Medicine
Anuja Bandyopadhyay, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Bandyopadhyay is a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep physician with a strong interest in integrating advanced technology to facilitate personalized treatment of sleep-disordered breathing. She currently serves as the chair of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Sleep Medicine Committee and is interested in the regulation of AI in sleep medicine.
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Challenges in Sleep Medicine Practice
Pursuing Excellence in Patient Experience in and out
of the Sleep Lab: An Essential Facet of High Quality Care
Timothy Morgenthaler, MD, is the director of the Center for Sleep Medicine where he is a professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MD from Dartmouth Medical School.
Dr. Morgenthaler is a past President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and served as a director of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and was this past year’s recipient of the Acadamy’s Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award for dedication to the sleep field and significant contributions to sleep medicine.
Dr. Morgenthaler has responsibilities in healthcare quality leadership, currently acting as Vice-Chair for Quality, and previously as the chief patient safety officer for the Mayo Clinic.
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Misalignment in our Sleep Patients
Aneesa Das, MD, is a professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep at The Ohio State University. She is the director of the Home Sleep Apnea Testing Program and assistant director of the Sleep Disorders Program.
Dr. Das has chaired numerous national Board Review Courses in sleep medicine. She has been a contributing author to both CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine and CHEST SEEK Pulmonary, and was the editor-in-chief of the most recent CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine, which is one of the primary sources of review and study for most learners taking the sleep medicine boards. She was the program chair for CHEST 2023 in Honolulu, Hawaii an international meeting for pulmonary, critical care and sleep physicians. She currently serves on the Board of Regents for CHEST.
M. Safwan Badr, MD, is a professor and chair, in the Department of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a staff physician at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center.
Dr. Badr completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, followed by clinical and research fellowships in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition, he completed an MBA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dr. Badr has served on multiple national and international medical societies. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). He was the president of the AASM from 2013-2014. Dr. Badr currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Dr. Badr is a sleep researcher and research mentor. He has mentored many trainees and junior faculty who went on to develop successful clinical and academic careers.
Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, is the medical director of Atrium Health Sleep Medicine, where he maintains an active clinical sleep practice and oversees sleep medicine for the health system. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He was the 2018-19 president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and was the program chair for the SLEEP Meeting in 2012-14. He has educated sleep clinicians across the country, speaking at many national meetings and major universities. He has authored many book chapters and peer-reviewed publications, edited several books, and has been interviewed on sleep medicine topics by CNN, the New York Times, NPR and other national news sources. He is board-certified in neurology and sleep medicine and is a fellow of both the AAN and AASM.
John Park, MD, is an associate professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is the associate program director for the critical care medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Park has served on several committees within the AASM and most recently served as the chair of the Lifelong Learning Development Committee where they created and updated MOC-type questions for the AASM membership and sleep medicine fellowships across the country.
Charles Bae, MD, is an associate CMIO for connected health strategy at Penn Medicine. He is an associate professor of medicine and neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.
He regularly attends on the inpatient neurology consult service and maintains a busy outpatient sleep medicine practice. He currently serves as the chair of the Coding and Compliance Committee for the AASM and is the RUC Advisor for the AASM.
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Victoria Gershuni, MD, is a surgeon-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania. As a fellowship-trained, minimally invasive surgeon, her primary clinical focus includes both benign foregut surgery and bariatric/metabolic surgery for the treatment of obesity.
Her research program focuses on multiple aspects of nutrition, including the interaction between diet and the microbiome, the role of sub-optimal nutrition on surgical outcomes and developing machine learning-based techniques for measuring body composition to help identify patients with sarcopenic obesity.
Optimizing a Private Sleep Practice
in the Current Medical Environment
Dr. Sepulveda is the founder and medical director of Sleep Fit Medical – Sleep & Weight Management Center in Sonoma, California. He served as a member of the AASM Public Awareness Committee during 2020 to 2023, a period marked by the Phillips Recall and the challenging landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. He received fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and holds a board certification in Obesity Medicine from the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dedicated to optimizing patient outcomes and offering exceptional customer service, Dr. Sepulveda recognizes that the intricacies of the healthcare business are often overlooked during medical training. Over time, he has honed his skills in navigating the healthcare system, developing strategies to surmount its challenges and ensure top-tier patient care.
Julie Flygare, JD, serves as President & CEO of Project Sleep. Flygare is an internationally recognized patient-perspective leader, an accomplished advocate, and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. On March 22, 2022, she delivered the TEDx Talk, “What Can You Learn from a Professional Dreamer?” Flygare received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2009, focusing on health law, policy and rare disease drug development.
Miranda Chappel-Farley is an outdoor recreation enthusiast and sleep neuroscientist. Having been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea at the age of 21, she now dedicates herself to raising awareness and reducing stigma as both a patient and scientist. In December of 2023, she completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine, where she used neuroimaging methods to uncover intricate connections among physical activity, sleep, and memory function in older adults. As a Project Sleep Rising Voice’s speaker, she shares her personal journey—from symptom onset as an adolescent to diagnosis and treatment in college—with the public and draws upon these experiences to inform her current research pursuits.
Lauryn Craine lives in and is a native to Chicago, Illinois. She graduated with her Bachelors in English and is working on her Masters in Library Science. Currently, she works part-time as a Public Service Assistant at a library. Lauryn also writes for fun and as a secondary job. Her writing mainly focuses on advocacy, specifically,for idiopathic hypersomnia and other sleep disorders. Outside of advocacy, Lauryn loves to play video games, read a variety of books, and collect plushies to stash in her room.
Ray Merrell is a patient representative actively participating in clinical studies since 2016 of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD). Ray was diagnosed with RBD and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in June 2011. Ray was one of 2 Patient Representative on the AASM RBD Task Force updating the 2010 RBD Clinical Guidelines published in late 2022. He serves on the Education Committee of the North American Prodromal Synucleinopathy (NAPS) Consortium. Ray is a career Environmental Health & Safety professional retiring in 2023 after 40 years working across multiple industries. Ray earned a BS/MBA from Rutgers and MS from New Jersey Institiute of Technology.
Bernie Sunwoo, MD, is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of California San Diego. She earned her medical degree from the University of New South Wales in Australia with first-class honors. After completing internal medicine residencies in Australia and at the University of Massachusetts she completed fellowships in both pulmonary and critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and UC San Francisco, and she is currently the medical director of sleep medicine at the UC San Diego Peter C. Farrell Sleep Center of Excellence. Dr. Sunwoo is also associate program director of the Pulmonary Critical Fellowship at UC San Diego. She has clinical interests in sleep disordered breathing, hypoventilation syndromes and rare and cystic lung diseases.
Maryann Deak, MD, is executive medical director at Evernorth Health Services, where she focuses on clinical guidelines and policy. She completed a three year term as chair of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Emerging Sleep Technology Committee in June 2023 and is currently acting as vice-chair for Sleep Medicine Trends.
Dr. Deak graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Yale University. She completed her neurology residency at New York University School of Medicine and University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she served as chief resident. She subsequently completed a Clinical and Research Fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Deak was senior medical director of Sleep at eviCore Healthcare. She previously served as academic faculty in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Neurology and Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She has also served as a medical expert for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, since 2016.
Dr. Deak is board-certified in neurology and sleep. She is a sleep medicine subject matter expert for sleep-related projects across Evernorth and Cigna Group. She has served on several American Academy of Sleep Medicine committees and she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on sleep medicine topics including sleep technology.