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Sabra M. Abbott, MD, PhD, Chair

Sabra M. Abbott, MD, PhDDr. Abbott is an Assistant Professor in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine.

Her clinical and research practice focuses on the diagnosis and management of circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Trainee Education Advisory Committee for the Sleep Research Society. Dr. Abbott is also a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee.

She received a psychology degree from Carleton College. Dr. Abbott earned her graduate degree in molecular and integrative physiology and medical degree from the University of Illinois. She completed her medical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, her neurology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and her sleep medicine fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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As of June 2022, Dr. Abbott reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • UpToDate®, receiving compensation for authorship.

Dr. Abbott serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Sleep Research Society, Vice Chair of the Trainee Education Advisory Committee, without compensation.
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Vice Chair of Extrinsic Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders Clinical Guidelines Group, without compensation.

Norman R. Friedman, MD

Norman R. Friedman, MDDr. Friedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (AASM). He has also received sleep medicine subspecialty certification.

Since 2000, he has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado and on staff at Children's Hospital Colorado. He has served on the development group for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Clinical Practice Guideline, “Polysomnography for sleep-disordered breathing prior to tonsillectomy in children,” as well as committees for the AASM. Since 2001, he has been the Medical Director of the Pediatric Sleep Lab at Children's Hospital Colorado and is currently a member of the AAO-HNSF Sleep Disordered Breathing Committee. Dr. Friedman has an active clinical practice but also has given multiple presentations at national and international meetings on sleep topics. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee.

Dr. Friedman graduated from the Plan II Liberal Arts program at The University of Texas and obtained his medical degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern. After finishing his general otolaryngology training at the University of Texas-Southwestern, he completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at LeBonheur Children's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England.

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As of June 2022, Dr. Friedman reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Friedman serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Technology Committee Member, without compensation.

Dr. Friedman also receives internal grant funding from the University of Colorado for project expenses.

Suzanne Beck, MD

Dr. Beck is the Medical Director of the Sleep Center and an attending pulmonologist in the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She a lifetime member of the American Board of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and certified in Sleep Medicine since 2009. She has worked in teaching hospitals since the onset of her career and as an attending in the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s joint Sleep Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Beck has taught pediatric and adult medicine fellows, as well as otolaryngology, neurology, developmental, psychiatry, and psychology trainees pediatric sleep medicine.

She enjoys the challenge and perspective of teaching sleep medicine through eyes and experience of trainees and fellows from a variety of important backgrounds as it broadens our knowledge and approach to understanding and improving sleep health. She was awarded The Allan Ian Pack Excellence in Teaching Award from The Division of Sleep Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Beck led CHOP sleep laboratories though several accreditations and lead our sleep technical staff to maintain quality of polysomnography in typically developing children as well as children with complex medical conditions.

Dr. Beck earned her medical degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed her pediatric internship and residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. She completed a pediatric pulmonary fellowship, also at Johns Hopkins.

As of April 2022, Dr. Beck reported no ongoing external relationships.

Lois E. Krahn, MD

Dr. Krahn is a Professor of Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Sleep Medicine as well as Adult Psychiatry and Addition Psychiatry. She is a physician member of the Arizona Board of Medicine, the Audit Committee of the Federation of State Medical Boards and the Management Committee of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, she attended the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency and fellowship in consultation/liaison psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine.

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As of July 2022, Dr. Krahn reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to the Mayo Clinic, from the following companies:

  • Avadel Pharmaceuticals/Flamel Technologies
  • Jazz
  • Harmony Biosciences
  • Takeda

Service on a research-related expert panel or advisory board for the following companies, with honoraria:

  • Takeda

Work as an author or editor for following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • Taylor Francis, receiving compensation for authorship.

Dr. Krahn serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Narcolepsy Network, Advisory Board Member, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Arizona Board of Medicine, State Medical Board Member, receiving honoraria.
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Management Team Member, receiving honoraria and reimbursement for travel expenses.

Reena Mehra, MD, MS

Reena Mehra, MD, MSDr. Mehra is Professor of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She serves as Director of Sleep Disorders Research in the Sleep Center of the Neurologic Institute with joint appointments in the Respiratory Institute, Molecular Cardiology Department of the Lerner Research Institute and the Heart and Vascular Institute. She is board certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

She is a physician scientist with a research focus involving the study of sleep disordered breathing as it relates to cardiovascular disease utilizing epidemiologic and translational scientific approaches funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and various foundation grants.

Dr. Mehra is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee. She serves as Associate Editor for the journal, CHEST, and has served on study section for the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. In addition, she serves on the following: Chair of the American Thoracic Society Sleep Respiratory Neurobiology Planning Committee and a member of national task forces including the Sleep Research Network Steering Committee, American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Diagnostic Testing in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Task Force, AASM Obstructive Sleep Apnea Tools Assessment Task Force and Chair of the AASM Young Physicians Presidential Committee.

In addition, Dr. Mehra has mentored more than 35 trainees and has over 100 publications including original investigations, reviews, editorials and chapters in journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and Circulation. She is involved in media relations to increase awareness of the importance of sleep disorders, has appeared on numerous national news broadcasts and has been an invited lecturer in national and international forums.

Dr. Mehra earned her medical degree through an accelerated BS/MD program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago. She completed clinical pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic and advanced training in Sleep Medicine Neurobiology and Epidemiology via a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award at Case Western Reserve University acquiring a master of science in clinical epidemiology.

As of June 2022, Dr. Mehra reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for following company, with compensation as listed:

  • American Thoracic Society, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Associate Editor, receiving honoraria.
  • UpToDate®, receiving compensation as an author.

Dr. Mehra serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Chair of Inpatient Diagnostic Testing Committee, without compensation.
  • American Thoracic Society, Chair of Sleep Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly, without compensation.

James Rowley, MD

Dr. Rowley is a professor of internal medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he serves as Division Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He is also serves as the Pulmonary, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Director, Medical Director of the Detroit Receiving Hospital Sleep Disorders Center and Chair of the Detroit Medical Center Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee. He is board certified in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Rowley received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in New York. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Illinois and his fellowship in pulmonary/critical care medicine at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland.

As of August 2021,  Dr. Rowley reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for following company, with compensation as listed:

  • UpToDate®, receiving compensation for authorship.

Dr. Rowley serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Secretary-Treasurer, receiving honoraria and reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • American Sleep Medicine Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, without compensation.

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Dennis H. Auckley, MD, Chair

Dennis H. Auckley, MDDr. Auckley is a Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (MetroHealth Medical Center) in Cleveland, Ohio. He practices pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center where he directs the Center for Sleep Medicine. Dr. Auckley is also the Associate Director of both the Case Sleep Fellowship Program and Associate Director of MetroHealth's Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He is board certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

He has been at Case Western Reserve University (MetroHealth Medical Center) since completing his fellowship training. Previously, he served as Director of MetroHealth's Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program before stepping down in 2013.

Dr. Auckley serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee. He is currently on the Board of Directors (Treasurer) of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM), where he also co-Chairs the Clinical Committee and is a member of SASM's Membership Committee and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Database Committee. In addition, he is also currently on American Academy of Sleep Medicine's (AASM) Diagnostic Testing Task Force. Previously, Dr. Auckley had served on the AASM's Academic Affairs Committee (2010 to 2013) and Circadian Rhythm Disorders Standards of Practice Committee (2004 to 2009). He also served on the American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Network from 2008 to 2012.

Dr. Auckley received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Virginia and his medical degree from Indiana University. He completed training in internal medicine at Indiana University and then performed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship as well as training in sleep medicine at the University of New Mexico.

As of August 2021, Dr. Auckley reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for following company, with compensation as listed:

  • UpToDate®, receiving compensation for authorship.

Dr. Auckley serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Inpatient Task Force Member, without compensation..
  • Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, past President; without compensation.

Maha Alattar, MD

Maha Alattar, MDDr. Alattar is an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology and Sleep Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to that position, she was the Director of the Stroke Program and the Assistant Director of the Sleep and Wake Disorders Center at Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Under her leadership, the stroke program successfully passed the primary stroke certification and went on to win numerous awards. She also established a multidisciplinary sleep center in Fredericksburg. She is board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Sleep Medicine.

She was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, where she taught fellows and residents in the department's sleep medicine fellowship (2003 to 2007). At UNC, she was also the Director of Clinical Development at the sleep medicine clinic. Prior to that position, she was a Clinical Associate at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2002 to 2003).

Currently, she serves as the co-Chair for the Virginia Stroke Systems Task Force and served as a member of the American Academy of Neurology's Ethic, Law, and Humanities Committee (2009 to 2015). She was a speaker/faculty for Pri-Medi Updates (2009 to 2010) where she gave lectures on the topic of obstructive sleep apnea across the states. For six years in a row (2011 to 2016), she was voted a “Top Doctor” for the Northern Virginia region.

Dr. Alattar received her biology degree from David Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee and her medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. She completed her neurology residency training from Georgetown University Medical Center and her neurophysiology and sleep disorders fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

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As of June 2022, Dr. Alattar reported no ongoing external relationships.

Deepa Burman, MD

Deepa Burman, MDDr. Burman is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Sleep Medicine and American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh and Faculty at University of Pittsburgh Medical College (UPMC) McKeesport Family Medicine Residency. There, she has established sleep medicine clinics within two family medicine residency programs. Dr. Burman is also Director for Resident Research and Scholarly Activity and Director of Primary Care Sleep Medicine Clinic at the residency program, as well as an active medical staff member at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where she practices pediatric sleep medicine. She has a broad range of experience in managing full spectrum sleep disorders in a primary care setting, as well as in mentoring trainees in their clinical and scholarly activities.

Dr. Burman is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee. She has served as a member of the Family Medicine Education Consortium Host Committee. In addition, she has been involved in several peer reviewed oral presentations and publications and has been awarded the fellow status from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Family Medicine. Dr. Burman has also been an invited speaker in various family medicine conferences about sleep disorders and fatigue management in medical professionals. Her interests are in treating sleep disorders in underserved populations and in promoting awareness about consequences of sleep disorders in all stages of life, and in treating patients with mild sleep apnea with weight management strategies.

Her medical school training was completed at the University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India. She completed a family medicine residency and a sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Shadyside. After completing medical training, she helped create the Sunrise (AllScripts) electronic health record.

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As of June 2022, Dr. Burman reported no ongoing external relationships.

Anne May, MD

Dr. May is a sleep medicine specialist that currently practices at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She is a member of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Team. She is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics for The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. May went to medical school at the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

She completed her residency and fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. May also completed a sleep medicine fellowship at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology.

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As of August 2021, Dr. May reported no ongoing external relationships.

Catherine McCall, MD

Dr. McCall is an academic sleep medicine physician. She serves as the Assistant Professor at VA Puget Sound Health Care Center in Washington. Her role at VA Puget Sound Health Care Center is largely centered in the sleep medicine department, with a smaller proportion of time (5%) spent in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Outpatient Clinic as a psychiatrist. While Dr. McCall is comfortable practicing and teaching in all topics of sleep medicine, her areas of unique specialization include insomnia, nightmares, the overlap of sleep and psychiatric comorbidities, pharmacology, and circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders. For teaching, Dr. McCall primarily works with University of Washington sleep medicine fellows. Their fellows come to them from a variety of backgrounds. She believes the challenge of every sleep medicine educator is to produce well-rounded physicians who have gained competency in all critical components of this multidisciplinary field.

In her teaching, she is thus attuned to identifying gaps in skills and knowledge, inspiring curiosity, and recognizing achievement in learning. In addition to teaching, Dr. McCall is actively involved in research collaborations, national committees, and clinical administration. She is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Task Force to update the clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of extrinsic circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders. Locally, she is the Director of the Seattle VA Sleep Provider Clinic and Supervise our sleep psychologists. She is certified in Sleep Medicine and with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. McCall received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Irvine and her medical degree at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She completed her psychiatry residency at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts and her fellowship in psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She completed her fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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As of November 2021, Dr. McCall reported the following external relationships:

Dr. McCall serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force for Extrinsic Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Intersociety Collaborations Presidential Committee, without compensation.
  • Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Advanced Workshop Co-Chair, without compensation.

Matthew Patterson, MD

Dr. Patterson is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2009 and served as an Adjunct Professor in this Department since 2016. In addition to his participation in this academic medical practice, he practices in the fields of Otolaryngology, Sleep Medicine and Allergy in two rural medical centers in south and central Minnesota.

Dr. Patterson is a 1991 graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and completed a residency in Otolaryngology at Georgetown University Hospital in 1996. In 1997, he completed a fellowship in Otology and Neurotology with Dr. Michael Paparella. In 1997, he became board certified in the field of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He completed my MBA degree at the University of Minnesota in 1999 and my MHA degree at the University of Minnesota in 2003. In 2010, he received my Board Certification in Sleep Medicine and in 2018  re-certified in Sleep Medicine.

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As of May 2022, Dr. Patterson reported the following external relationship:

Dr. Patterson serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Allergy, Member, Finance Committee, without compensation.