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2017 Conference Co-Chair

James Metz, DDS - 2017 Sleep Medicine Collaborative Conference Co-Chair James Metz, DDS James Metz, DDS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the founder of Metz Center for Sleep Apnea. His clinic provides patients with a healthy alternative to treatment devices like CPAP. Dr. Metz also maintains a private general dentistry practice with an emphasis on dental sleep medicine and restorative dentistry. Dr. Metz participated in the September 2016 Chronic Care 2016 conference jointly sponsored by the ACSDD and the AACSM where he lectured on the relationship between Dentofacial Conditions and Sleep Disorders Dr. Metz will be co-chair of the conference planning committee for the 2017 ACSDD/AACSM Sleep Medicine Collaborative.  Mark you calendars for October 27th - 28th, 2016.

By | November 14th, 2016|Conference, News, News Ticker|0 Comments

Announcement: 2017 Conference Co-Chair

Lt. Col. Christopher Lettieri, MD - 2017 Sleep Medicine Collaborative Conference Co-Chair Lt. Col. Christopher Lettieri, MD Lt. Col. Christopher Lettieri, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University and currently serves as the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General. He is also the Program Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the National Capital Consortium. Lt. Col. Lettieri participated in the September 2016 Chronic Care 2016 conference jointly sponsored by the ACSDD and the AACSM where he lectured on the relationship between Sleep Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lt. Col. Lettieri will be co-chair of the conference planning committee for the 2017 ACSDD/AACSM Sleep Medicine Collaborative.  Mark you calendars for October 27th - 28th, 2016.

By | November 9th, 2016|Conference, News, News Ticker|0 Comments

UMass Receives Grant to Study Sleep in Patients with Chronic Illnesses

Relationship between Sleep and Chronic Illness Front and Center in New UMass Grant The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts has been awarded a $1.23 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to create a new center where scientists will develop technologies to help people with chronic illness manage impaired sleep. According to Cynthia Jacelon, professor of nursing and center director, “The UManage Center will help individuals with chronic illness live healthier, more functional lives. Teams will use emerging technologies being developed on the UMass Amherst campus to help manage symptoms affecting millions of individuals with chronic conditions that interfere with living life to the fullest.” The relationship between Chronic Illness and Sleep is moving into the forefront of healthcare delivery.  If you would like to learn more about the relationship between Sleep and Chronic Illness, Get Instant OnDemand Access to the ACSDD/AACSM Chronic Care conference that took place September 2016 in Scottsdale. Click here to read the full article.

By | November 9th, 2016|News, News Ticker|0 Comments

A learning opportunity from John Bixby, DMD, D.ACSDD

Are you interested in learning more about integrating dental sleep medicine into your practice? Join John Bixby, DMD,D.ACSDD and OASYS developer, previous ACSDD conference lecturer, and ACSDD member, Mark Abramson, DDS for a lecture and hands-on learning experience with 14 continuing education credits. You can download the 2013-2014 brochure for more information.

By | August 5th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Speaker Spotlight: Jennifer Martin, PhD

Presentation: Sleep Disorders and the Geriatric Population Jennifer L. Martin, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is also a Career Research Scientist and Psychologist at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). She has a strong research program, funded both by NIH and VA, in the areas of sleep, aging and women Veterans' health. Her research foci include the impact of sleep disturbance on health outcomes, and the development and implementation of effective behavioral treatments for sleep disorders across the adult age range. Dr. Martin coordinates the Behavioral Sleep Medicine programs within the GLAVAHS Sleep Disorders Center and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Sleep Research Society. In 2011, Dr. Martin was honored with a Distinguished Service Award by the Sleep Research Society for her efforts in trainee education.

By | March 11th, 2013|News, News Ticker, Newsletter|0 Comments

Speaker Spotlight: Parina Shah, MD

Presentation: Health Concerns and Sleep Disorder Connections in Adults Dr. Shah is an alumni of the Georgia Institute of Technology Presidential Scholars program and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering. At Georgia Tech, she worked in the biomedical engineering research lab,examining the sheer stress of both porcine and mechanical heart valves. She subsequently attended Emory University School of Medicine on the James Campbell Memorial Scholarship, and as a medical student, she investigated airway inflammation in obese patients with asthma. Dr. Shah completed her residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she was involved in pulmonary and sleep medicine research. She authored a review on genetic testing in pulmonary diseases, as well as a review on portable apnea testing. After her training, Dr. Shah worked as a hospitalist for a year at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, where she was involved in the treatment and management of patients admitted for acute illnesses. She currently works as a physician clinician at Fusion Sleep Clinic and as Director of Medical Operations at Fusion Health in Atlanta, Georgia. She directs the operations of remote telemonitoring of patients with sleep disordered breathing while developing management protocols and providing diagnostic interpretations. Her clinical and research interests include obesity hypoventilation syndrome, chronic disease associated with sleep disordered breathing, and the treatment of sleep disordered breathing as a means for disease prevention.

By | March 11th, 2013|News, News Ticker, Newsletter|0 Comments

Speaker Spotlight: Rob Veis, DDS

Presentation: Role of Dentistry in Sleep Disorders from Pediatrics to Geriatrics Dr. Rob Veis is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Selane Products, Inc., also known as Appliance Therapy Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of orthodontic and dental appliances and the leading provider of associated products and services to the dental community. Dr. Veis joined Appliance Therapy Group in 1992 as Director of Practice Development. He then held many other leadership positions in the company before he was appointed CEO in 2001. During his tenure at Appliance Therapy Group, Dr. Veis has written numerous scientific articles and publications that are considered to this day authoritative sources of information within the dental community. Dr. Veis was a clinical instructor and lecturer at the University of Southern California for thirteen years. He was on the faculty at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has guest lectured at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and New York City’s Columbia University. Several thousand dental professionals and students have attended and continue to attend his courses throughout the world. Dr. Veis is considered an internationally renowned lecturer on the topics of Dental Sleep Medicine, Orthodontics for the General Practice and Appliance Therapy. Dr. Veis has served on the Board of the Southern California Chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member in good standing of the California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Group Practices, American Academy of Functional Orthodontics, American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics, International Orthodontic Association and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Veis received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After college, he worked for three [...]

By | March 11th, 2013|News, News Ticker, Newsletter|0 Comments

Speaker Spotlight: Helene Emsellem, MD

Presentation: Sleep Disorders in the Adolescent and Young Adult Helene A. Emsellem, MD, is the medical director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders. Emsellem has a great love for patient care, teaching, and a long-standing interest in sleep disorders medicine. A graduate of the George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine, she completed a rotating internship that included psychiatry, internal medicine, and neurology, followed by neurology residency training at GWU and subspecialty training in epileptology and clinical neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University. She then returned to GWU as an academic neurologist with patient care responsibilities and as the neurology residency training program director, director of the EEG laboratory, and director of the neurology medical student teaching program. In 1985, she expanded the EEG laboratory to include a sleep laboratory and became increasingly interested in sleep medicine. She was promoted to associate clinical professor of neurology, received board certifications in clinical neurophysiology, sleep medicine, and neurology, and won student teaching awards. She is a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. During her final year at GWU, Emsellem was the acting chairman of the department of neurology. Today she continues to play an active role teaching at GWU, acting as a preceptor for neurology residents and physician assistant students who rotate through her office as part of their training, and lecturing nationally on topics in sleep medicine. In 1992, Emsellem decided to focus on direct patient care and left her full-time, tenured academic position at GWU and joined a private practice. Three years later, she opened her own practice and sleep study center, The Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders. The Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders has grown into a full-service [...]

By | March 11th, 2013|News, News Ticker, Newsletter|0 Comments

Speaker Spotlight: Russell Rosenberg, PhD

Presentation: PSG and HST: Interpretation and Review Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D, D.ABSM, is the founder and Director of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology. A clinical psychologist and board certified sleep specialist, Dr. Rosenberg lectures and teaches internationally on a range of sleep medicine topics. His areas of expertise include insomnia and disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in clinical research at NeuroTrials Research Inc. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Sleep Foundation. Dr. Rosenberg, a native of St. Louis, received his Ph.D. at Ohio State University and completed his sleep residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. His teaching and leadership at the Atlanta School are rooted in his professional, clinical, and research experience as Director of the Northside Hospital Sleep Medicine Institute in Atlanta for sixteen years.

By | March 11th, 2013|News, News Ticker, Newsletter|0 Comments

Speaker Spotlight: Sally Davidson-Ward, MD

Presentation: Pediatric Sleep Disorders: Their Presentations and Implications Dr. Davidson-Ward is currently the Head of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Keck Medical School of USC. Triple boarded in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine, Dr. Sally Ward also serves as the Medical Director for the CHLA Sleep Center. Dr. Ward earned her M.D. at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her internship and residency at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center and her fellowship at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She has been feature in Super Doctors, Best Doctors, and Pasadena Top Doctors of 2012. Dr. Ward’s research focus is on sleep disordered breathing, control of breathing, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, and sleep related breathing problems in obesity. Key clinical interests are sleep related breathing disorders, chronic respiratory failure, special needs children with pulmonary disorders, asthma, and chronic lung disease of infancy.

By | March 11th, 2013|News, News Ticker, Newsletter|0 Comments