STATE/REGIONAL SLEEP SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

Updated August 24, 1999

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ALABAMA SLEEP SOCIETY

Tammy Taylor, RPSGT
2105 East South Boulevard
Montgomerey, AL 36110
Tel: (334) 286-3252
Fax: (334) 286-3108

ARKANSAS SLEEP DISORDERS SOCIETY (ASDS)

David Davila, M.D., President
Sleep Disorders Center
Baptist Medical Center
9601 Interstate 630, Exit 7
Little Rock, AR 72205-7299
Tel: (501) 227-1902
Fax: (501) 227-1874
E-Mail: ddavila@cei.net

The ASDS is a small group, whose membership includes physicians. The minutes from the meetings are sent out to the members. In January there will be a new election of officers.

CAROLINA SLEEP SOCIETY

Carolina Sleep Society

CHESAPEAKE BAY SLEEP SOCIETY

Jack Edinger, Ph.D.
Durham VA medical Center
Tel: (919) 286-0411, ext. 7054

FLORIDA SLEEP MEDICINE SOCIETY, INC. (FSMS)

P.O. Box 0218
Miami, FL 33280-0218
Tel: (305) 361-7127
Fax: (305) 936-8652
Contact person: Suzan Jaffee, Ph.D., ARNP
E-Mail: szjaffee@shadow.net

The Florida Sleep Medicine Society was founded on August 19,1995. The membership consists of MD's, Ph.D.'s and Techs. There are currently 67 members. Their first annual meeting was held in March during the Southern Sleep Society meeting in New Orleans.

The purposes and goals of the FSMS are as follows:

The corporation has been organized to promote and advance the mutual interests of its members engaged in sleep disorders medicine and more specifically:

  1. To establish, update and maintain standards for the evaluation and treatment of human sleep disorders and sleep related disorders.
  2. To establish and continue to review a standard diagnostic classification of such disorders.
  3. To provide a forum for the exchange of information pertaining to human sleep disorders and sleep related disorders.
  4. To promote education and training in sleep disorders medicine and to foster related research.
  5. To represent the sleep disorders discipline in relation to health professional. organization, federal and local regulatory bodies, federal and private health insurers and Health Maintenance Organizations.
  6. To exercise all the powers conferred upon Corporations formed under the State of Florida Nonprofit Corporation Act in order to accomplish the Corporation's purpose.

Recently the FSMS formed a Community Resource Committee chaired by Dr. Alex Chediak. Dr. Martin Cohn, Dr. George Slade and Dr. Ivan Ackerman are also on the committee. The committee sent a letter to 30 medical directors of HMO's to introduce themselves and to welcome any opportunity to meet with them to discuss any concerns and questions pertaining to the diagnosis, evaluation and management of major sleep disorders.

FLORIDA SLEEP SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONALS (FSSP)

Florida Society of Sleep Professionals (FSSP)
P. O. Box 770156
Coral Springs, FL 33077-0156

For more information or assistance, please email us or call us at (954) 724-0933

GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF SLEEP PROFESSIONALS (GASP)

Steven K. Lurtz, RPSGT, REEGT, President
Contact Person: Glenn Roldan, B.S., RPSGT, Secretary/Treasurer
Glenn's E-Mail Address: n2sleep@aol.com
Tel: (800) 782-9418, ext. 3385
Newsletter: The GASP Newsletter

For more information about joining the GASP, please call Iris Fink, RRT/RPSGT, Membership Chair of the GASP at (404) 256-6545, extension 14.

GREATER HOUSTON SLEEP PROFESSIONALS

Thomas K. Speer, Ph.D.
Diagnostic Clinic of Houston
6448 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: (713) 797-9191
Fax: (713) 797-9205

GREATER PITTSBURGH SLEEP PROFESSIONALS (GPSP)

The Greater Pittsburgh Sleep Professionals Home Page

Alex Lauer, President

Sarah James, Vice President
(412) 733-5877
E-mail: sleepwatchers@earthlink.net

HAWAII SLEEP SOCIETY (HSS)

Attn: Sleep Lab
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Tel: (808) 547-4396
Fax: (808) 547-9225

The Hawaii Sleep Society is an organization for physicians, technologists and healthcare professionals interested in Sleep Disorders Medicine.

There are now five sleep labs in the state of Hawaii and all of them are very busy!

Sonia Lee Gushi, who is a Society member and is associated with the Kuakini Medical Center, Pulmonary Sleep Disorder Center, says they have been working with Blue Cross and Blue Sheild on guidelines for sleep apnea treatment.

HAWAII CLINICAL NEUROPHSIOLOGY SOCIETY (HCNS)

HCNS

The Hawaii Clinical Neurophysiology Society (HCNS) is a non-profit professional, continuing education society for all persons with an interest in electroneurodiagnostic techniques and neurophysiology. The mission of the HCNS is to develop, promote and present educational and training opportunities to members and to foster the understanding of electroneurodiagnostics, clinical diagnosis, basic and applied research in Hawaii.

ACTIVITIES

The principal activity of the organization is an annual conference, The Annual Hawaii Conference on Electroneurodiagnostics and Polysomnography, held in Honolulu every year since 1988. Supplementing the annual conference are general meetings with invited speakers and a membership directory, Cross-Wired.

HISTORY

The society, started in 1985 by Stephen B. Hata, M.D., includes members from the entire state of Hawaii. Members are principally from, but not restricted to, the fields of electroencephalography, evoked potentials, including intraoperative monitoring, polysomnography, physiology, psychology and neurology. HCNS is an affiliate chapter of the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologies, Inc.

MEMBERSHIP

Regular paid membership entitles the member to receive notices of regular and special meetings, reduced rates for conference registration, listing in the directory and eligibility for nomination for office in the society. We welcome your membership. To become a member, send $15 for dues and the following information :

Send with check or money order, payable to HCNS

To: Linda Kapuniai, Dr. PH
HCNS President
1294 Onioni St.
Kailua, HI 96734
Tel: (808) 522-4448

LOUISIANA SLEEP SOCIETY

Gay Matherne, RPSGT
600 Deerfield Road
Apartment 2801
Terrytown, LA 70056-4483
Tel: (504) 588-5232
Fax: (504) 584-1727

MASSACHUSETTS SLEEP AND BREATHING SOCIETY

Michael P. Coppola, M.D.
Winmar Medical Director
Springfield Medical Associates, Inc.
2150 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01104
Tel: (413) 739-5676
Fax: (413) 731-9107

MICHIGAN SLEEP DISORDERS ASSOCIATION (MSDA)

Cynthia Nichols, Ph.D., Director
Foote Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
205 N. East Avenue
Jackson, MI 49201
Tel: (517) 788-4750
Newsletter: MSDA Newszzz (Published twice a year)

MISSISSIPPI SLEEP DISORDERS ASSOCIATION (MSDA)

Mississippi Sleep Disorders Association (MSDA)
P. O. Box 1553
Jackson, MS 39215-1553
Tel: 1-800-770-MSDA (6732)
Newsletter: Delta Sound Newsletter

The Mississippi Sleep Disorders Association (MSDA) is a non-profit tax exempt organization established to promote the educational, scientific and professional development of sleep disorders medicine.

The MSDA mission includes:

  1. Education of healthcare providers, the public, and sleep disorder patients
  2. Representation of sleep disorders medicine to health organizations, federal and state regulatory bodies and federal and private health insurers
  3. Support of professional standards of practice for sleep disorders medicine

About the Mississippi Sleep Disorders Association...

The MSDA, founded in 1992, has a membership comprised of medical, doctoral, technical administrative and marketing professionals involved in the diagnosis, treatment and scientific investigation of sleep disorders. Organizational membership incorporates sleep disorders centers, research facilities, home healthcare companies and manufacturers of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment used in sleep disorders medicine.

The MSDA provides economical geographically accessible educational opportunities to healthcare professionals and the public. Semi-annual MSDA meetings offer presentations, panel discussions, and workshops for sleep medicine practioners and interested members of the medical community. Every effort is made to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for MSDA programs which are offered at a discount to members. Members also the Delta Sound Newsletter with reports on MSDA activities, educational articles and notice of meetings.

A technician exchange program offered through the MSDA helps to develop technical proficiency by exposing technicians to a greater variety of practices and procedures. The program invites technicians to observe methods of other Mississippi sleep labs. Both visiting and host technicians benefit from this experience. A technician HOT LINE list puts the combined talents of many Mississippi sleep technologists at the disposal of MSDA members.

Serving as a forum for information exchange between physicians and doctoral members the MSDA allows better access to the latest research and current trends in diagnosis and treatment of Sleep disorders. The MSDA is developing a database of sleep disorders patient demographics that will, when implemented, be the first in the nation to access statistical data on sleep patients across an entire state. The MSDA conducts liaison on behalf of it's members with federal and state regulatory bodies as well as federal and private health insurers.

The MSDA can provide qualified speakers to public and private organizations to present a variety of sleep related topics from introductory to advanced levels. Courses may also be designed by the MSDA to suit the educational needs of particular technical, nursing and medical staff.

NEW JERSEY SLEEP SOCIETY

John Penek, M.D., FCCP, Vice President
95 Madison Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Tel: (201) 267-2411

The New Jersey Sleep Society was founded in 1995. They are a non-profit organization whose membership includes M.D.'s, Dentists, Ph.D.'s, Respiratory Technologists, Polysomnographic Technologists and Home Health Care Companies.

NORTHEASTERN SLEEP SOCIETY (NESS)

Karl Doghramji, M.D.
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Thomas Jefferson University
1015 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: (215) 955-6175
Fax: (215) 923-8219
E-Mail: karl.doghramji@mail.tju.edu

OHIO SLEEP ASSOCIATION

Carla Geier, RPSGT
P.O. Box 524
Bath, Ohio 44210
Tel: (330) 666-1169
E-Mail: CDGeier@aol.com

The Ohio Sleep Association Board of Directors formulated the Association in 1995 to attend to the educational needs of the growing Ohio sleeo community. The Board of Directors consist of:

The Ohio Sleep Association HOME PAGE is currently under construction.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SLEEP ASSOCIATION (PNSA)

Pacific Northwest Sleep Association

SOUTHERN SLEEP SOCIETY

Phil Becker, M.D., President
Tel: (214) 345-8563

The Southern Sleep Society was founded in 1979. Membership is a mixture of sleep professionals and technologists. There are currently 200 members. Their annual meeting is a relaxed get together to network among collegues; go over clinical case studies; especially hard cases and browse through the many vendor exhibits available.

TEXAS SLEEP DISORDERS ASSOCIATION

Andrew Jamieson, M.D., President
Pamela Fellows, Executive Director
9426 Hillview Drive
Dallas, TX 75231
Tel: (214) 349-9346
Fax: (214) 345-7920
E-Mail: AJsleep@aol.com

UPPER MIDWEST SLEEP SOCIETY (UMSS)

Wally Mendelson
Sleep Research Laboratory
The University of Chicago
5743 S. Drexel Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: (773) 834-0742
Fax: (773) 834-0744

The members of this society are typically from Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana.

VIRGINIA SLEEP SOCIETY

Della Williams, M.D.
Tel: (804) 792-2209

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