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Vishesh K. Kapur, MD, Chair

Dr. Kapur, University of Wisconsin (UW) Professor of Medicine, is the founder of the UW Medicine Sleep Center. He directs the UW Medicine Sleep Laboratory and the UW Sleep Medicine Fellowship. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and has board certifications in sleep medicine and pulmonary medicine.

Dr. Kapur is the Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee.

He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine.

As of January 2017, Dr. Kapur reported the following external relationships:

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

  • UpToDate, receiving compensation for reviewing manuscripts and for authorship.

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

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Chair of the Guidelines Task Force on the Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Chair of Insurance Policy Committee, without compensation.
  • Sleep Apnea Patient Centered Outcomes Network, Steering Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and a per diem for attending steering committee meetings.

Sabra M. Abbott, MD, PhD

Dr. 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.

Dr. Abbott’s clinical and research practice focus 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.

As of July 2017, Dr. Abbott reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to Northwestern University, from the following company:

  • Eisai, for a study of the efficacy of using the orexin antagonist lemborexant for the treatment of sleep maintenance insomnia in older adults, receiving funding for clinical trial expenses, staff and salary support.

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

  • Sleep Research Society, Vice Chair of the Trainee Education Advisory Committee, without compensation.

Funding from not-for-profit healthcare-related organization, paid to Northwestern University, from the following organizations:

  • American Sleep Medicine Foundation, to evaluate whether individuals with delayed sleep-wake phase disorder have an impaired response to environmental light, mediated by melanopsin containing retinal ganglion cells; receiving funding for clinical trial expenses and salary support.

Maha Alattar, MD

Dr. 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).

She currently serves as the co-Chair for the Virginia Stroke Systems Task Force. She also 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. She was voted a “Top Doctor” for six years in a row (2011 to 2016) for the Northern Virginia region.

Dr. Alattar received her biology degree from David Lipscomb University 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 January 2017, Dr. Alattar reported no external relationships.

Dennis H. Auckley, MD

Dr. Auckley is an Associate 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 MetroHealth's Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program. He is board certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Auckley 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. 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 May 2017, Dr. Auckley reported the following external relationships:

Funding for salary support for clinical trials from the following company:

  • Medtronic, for a trial of short- versus long-term duration of dual-antiplatelet therapy after coronary stenting.

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:

  • Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine, Board Member and Treasurer of Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Clinical Committee, without compensation.

Deepa Burman, MD

Dr. 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. Dr. Burman 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.

After completing medical training, she helped create the Sunrise (AllScripts) electronic health record.

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. She has been involved in several peer reviewed oral presentations and publications and has been awarded with 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.

Dr. Burman completed her medical school training 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.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Burman reported no external relationships.

Norman R. Friedman, MD

Dr. 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. He has been the Medical Director of the Pediatric Sleep Lab at Children's Hospital Colorado since 2001 and is currently a member of the AAO-HNSF Sleep Disordered Breathing Committee. He 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 January 2017, Dr. Friedman reported the following external relationships:

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

  • Lange, receiving royalties as co-author of chapter in the textbook Current Pediatrics Diagnosis and Treatment.

Dr. Friedman is also the co-Chair of a focus group of pediatric otorhinolaryngologists on sleep disorder breathing.

Andrew D. Krystal, MD

Dr. Krystal is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) in Durham, North Carolina. He is also Director of the Brain Stimulation Program, Director of the Sleep Research Laboratory, the Insomnia Clinic and the Quantitative EEG Laboratory at DUMC.

He is an internationally-recognized expert in the areas of mood and sleep disorders. He has more than 25 years of clinical and research experience in these areas. The main focus of his work has been the development of means to improve the risk-benefit ratio of brain stimulation therapies for mood disorders and studies on the pathophysiology of treatment of sleep disorders.

Dr. Krystal is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee. He is the recipient of several awards including the American Psychological Association (APA) Residents’ Scholarship, Laughlin Fellow from the American College of Psychiatrists, National Association for Research on Schizophrenia And Depression Young Investigator Award, National Institute of Mental Health Scientist Development Award for clinicians and the APA Research Mentorship award. He currently serves as the Deputy Editor of the journal SLEEP, Chairman of the Research Committee of the Sleep Research Society, and on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation.

Dr. Krystal obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a medical degree from Duke University. He completed his psychiatric residency at DUMC, followed by a fellowship in sleep disorders and clinical neurophysiology.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Krystal reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses, staff and salary support, paid to Duke University, from the following companies:

  • Janssen, for a study of s- ketamine for the treatment of major depression.
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals, for a trial of a wake-promoting agent for patients with obstructive apnea and sleepiness despite continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment.

Service on a data and safety monitoring board for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • Neurocrine Biosciences, for a study of a medication to treat tardive dyskinesia, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.

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

  • Bioexcel, providing input on developing a drug to treat insomnia, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Merck & Co., receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Pernix Therapeutics, providing advice on the use of doxepin in the treatment of insomnia.

Consulting on design of new drugs or devices, clinical trials, the use of specific agents or other research-related activities for the following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • Atentiv, consulting on the development of an EEG-based brain computer interface, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Lundbeck, consulting on the development of a clinical trial protocol, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Otsuka, consulting on a drug adherence device, receiving honoraria.

Industry-supported continuing medical education supported by the following, with compensation for travel expenses and/or honoraria:

  • Merck, for the development of educational materials on insomnia, and for lectures with subsequent publication of proceedings.
  • Palladin, for lectures to train physicians in the use of doxepin, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Pernix, for lectures on the mechanism of action of doxepin, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.

Dr. Krystal is an inventor on Duke patents that are licensed to MECTA; all income goes to Duke University.

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

  • Sleep Research Society, Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation, Board of Directors, without compensation.

Reena Mehra, MD, MS

Dr. 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.

Dr. Mehra 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, 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. 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 July 2017, Dr. Mehra reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses, paid to Cleveland Clinic, from the following companies:

  • Philips Respironics, receiving positive airway pressure devices and supporting equipment to conduct research studies.
  • ResMed, receiving positive airway pressure devices and supporting equipment to conduct research studies.

Post-marketing clinical research, with funding provided to Cleveland Clinic, from the following companies:

  • Inspire, for a study for hypoglossal nerve stimulation device, providing funding for staff.

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

  • CHEST Journal, Associate Editor and co-Editor of Contemporary Reviews in Sleep Medicine, without compensation.

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

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Chair of Young Physicians Presidential Task Force, without compensation.
  • American Thoracic Society, Chair of Planning Committee & Sleep Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly, without compensation.

Mark L. Splaingard, MD

Dr. Splaingard is currently board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sleep Medicine. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Previously, Dr. Splaingard was professor of both pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During this time, he served as Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation, Director of Pediatric Pulmonology and Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Program at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Dr. Splaingard has served on a variety of committees for the American Thoracic Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Ronald McDonald House. He has won a variety of awards for both teaching and clinical care. In 1998, he was awarded a year sabbatical from MCW and completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Northwestern Medical School/Children's Memorial Hospital with subsequent sleep medicine board certification. He was a former Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sponsored clinical fellow. He currently serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee.

Dr. Splaingard received a chemistry degree from Trinity College and his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed a pediatrics residency and pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine.

As of July 2017, Dr. Splaingard reported no external relationships.