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Sleep Medicine Test-Writing Committee

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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 March 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; Chair, Clinical Committee, without compensation.

Sabra M. Abbott, MD, PhD

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 May 2020, 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.

Funding from not-for-profit health care-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 salary support.

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 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 April 2021, Dr. Alattar reported the following external relationship:

Bristol Myers Squibb, sub-Principal Investigator for a stroke-related medication; IRB member.

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 April 2021, Dr. Burman reported no external relationships.

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 May 2020, Dr. Friedman reported the following external relationships:

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

  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Quality and Safety Committee, Program Chair and Committee, Nominating Committee, without compensation.

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

Lois E. Krahn, MD

Dr. Lois Krahn is a Professor of Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, 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. 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 USMLE.

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As of September 2020, 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

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 May 2020, 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.

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 Sleep Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly, without compensation.

Richard Simon, MD

Dr. Simon currently is a Medical Director of the Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center in Walla Walla and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. He is certified in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (2007 with recertification in 2017).

He moved with his family to Walla Walla, Washington in 1981 where he began his practice of Internal Medicine. In the 1980's through the early 2000's he was one of few doctors in Southeastern Washington to care for HIV patients.

In 1992 he along with another local internist and local neurologist started the "Walla Walla Project" - a project initiated by Drs. William C. Dement and Germaine Nino-Murcia of Stanford University to increase the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in primary care. This eventually resulted in the formation of the Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

Dr. Simon was certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (#874) in 1996. He has practiced exclusively sleep medicine since 2005. In addition to clinical work he has participated in clinical research (Site Director, Walla Walla, for the Apnea Positive Pressure Long-Term Efficacy Study) and has published. He teaches/lectures locally, regionally, and nationally.

Dr. Simon graduated from the PrizkerPritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1976 and did his internship/residency in Internal Medicine from 1976-1979. The American Board of Internal Medicine certified him as a Diplomate September 12, 1979. He was Chief Resident and Instructor in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1980.

As of July 2019, Dr. Simon reported no ongoing external relationships.