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Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee

Vishesh K. Kapur, MD, Chair

Bio coming soon.

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.

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 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 board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, which jointly develops the Sleep Medicine certification exam with ABIM and four other boards.

Bio coming soon.

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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.

Susheel P. Patil, MD, PhD

Bio coming soon.

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

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

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Chair of the Clinical Guidelines Task Force on Positive Airway Pressure, without compensation to date.
  • American Thoracic Society, Chair of the Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly, without compensation.
  • Maryland Sleep Society, Board Member and President-Elect, without compensation.
  • Maryland Board of Physicians, Member, Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and a per diem for attending board meetings.

Manisha Witmans, MD

Dr. Witmans is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics which jointly develops the Sleep Medicine certification exam with ABIM and four other boards.

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

Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

Dr. Zee is the Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor in Neurology, as well as the Director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

She has served on numerous national and international committees and panels whose recommendations have helped advance education and research in sleep and circadian medicine. Dr. Zee currently serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee and the Advisory Council for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She is also a Deputy Editor for the journal, SLEEP. Previously, Dr. Zee has served as President of the Sleep Research Society, Chair of the NIH Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, member of the committee for ICSD-3, and Chair of the Joint Task Force of the Sleep Research Society and American Academy of Sleep Medicine on Research.

Dr. Zee's career focus has been to translate basic and clinical science in sleep and circadian biology to the practice of neurology and sleep medicine. Dr. Zee's research has focused on the effects of age on sleep and circadian rhythms, genetic regulation of circadian sleep disorders, and behavioral interventions to improve sleep and performance.

Dr. Zee earned a doctoral degree in physiology and biophysics and a medical degree from the Chicago Medical School in 1984. After completing a residency in neurology and postdoctoral research fellowship at Northwestern and a fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of Chicago, she joined the faculty at Northwestern University in 1989.

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

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

  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals, for three studies: a 12-week double-blind study of the effectiveness of an investigational drug in the treatment of excessive sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy; a 12-week double-blind study of the effectiveness of an investigational drug in the treatment of excessive sleepiness in patients with obstructive sleep apnea; a long-term open-label study of the safety and efficacy of an investigational drug in the treatment of excessive sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea.

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

  • Merck & Co., serving on a global scientific advisory group on the mechanisms and application of orexin antagonist agents for the treatment of insomnia, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Philips Respironics, serving on a panel advising on the development of a sound system to improve sleep quality, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.

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

  • Merck & Co., consulting on the development of education materials and design of future studies with suvorexant.

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

  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals, funding a lecture series on narcolepsy and hypersomnia through an educational grant to the CME provider, the Atlanta School of Medicine, and funding of a narcolepsy education program, with CME provide by Medscape.

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

  • Wollers-Kluver, receiving royalties as co-editor of the Handbook of Sleep Medicine.
  • Elsevier, for serving as editor of a special edition of the journal, Sleep Medicine Clinics, on the science of circadian rhythms.

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

  • American Academy of Neurology, Executive Committee of the Sleep Section and Member of the Science Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Dr. Zee has participated in the development of educational materials and presentations on the use and safety of over-the-counter sleep aids in older adults for the Gerontological Society of America, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and consulting fees.