Our Sleep Medicine Specialists Set Your Mind at Ease
At Winthrop-University Hospital, we recognize that sleep patients often present with multiple problems. The AASM recommends that patients consult a sleep medicine specialist before undergoing a sleep study in order to avoid unnecessary testing. Winthrop’s SDC specialists are committed to evaluating patients’ overall health, not only focusing on diagnosing the presence or absence of a sleep disorder. Prior to undergoing a long and detailed sleep study, an SDC patient meets with a sleep medicine physician to learn about how the study will be conducted, clarify what will be investigated, and understand the possible outcomes. This serves to reduce anxiety considerably.
So what is the sleep medicine process? First, a sleep interview will be conducted. A good assessment conducted by an experienced practitioner can take an hour or less. If it is determined that a sleep study is necessary, this will be conducted under comfortable conditions in our modern facility. Then our registered polysomnographic technologists and an SDC physician will review the results and a personalized treatment program will be developed depending on the diagnosis.
The Right Staff for Sleep Medicine
The professional staff at Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center includes physicians Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, who hold national leadership positions with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and other national organizations, and all registered polysomnographic technologists.
- Michael D. Weinstein, MD, FAASM – Director, Sleep Disorders Center
- Steve H. Salzman, MD – Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
- Qanta A. Ahmed, MD, FCCP, FAASM – Attending, Sleep Disorders Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY ay Stony Brook School of Medicine
- Peter Spieglar, MD
- Shalinee Chawla, MD
Our Board Certified sleep specialists are helping to train the next generation of physicians to treat sleep disorders effectively and research better methods of treatment. In 2005, Winthrop-University Hospital gained the distinction of becoming one of only 24 facilities in the country with a Sleep Medicine Fellowship that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This program offers graduate medical education to sleep medicine physicians.