One of the most unique parts of my work as a physician/surgeon is my interaction with medical devices companies focused on the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.  My research on the selection of procedures for snoring and sleep apnea is directly relevant to these companies because there are many reasons why obstructive sleep apnea… Read more »

A recent study from Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco suggested that the Apple Watch can be a test for obstructive sleep apnea.  It is exciting to think that wearable devices could provide an accessible, low-cost approach to evaluating obstructive sleep apnea.  At the same time, it would be important to examine carefully the implications… Read more »

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders, and it is certainly one that we do not understand well.  At its core, insomnia typically includes difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. There used to be various subtypes of insomnia that were simplified to these core elements in the 2014 International Classification of Sleep Disorders,… Read more »

Earlier this month, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery held their 2017 Annual Meeting (AAO-HNS 2017) in Chicago.  Sleep surgery again was featured prominently in the program.  Aside from the International Surgical Sleep Society conferences, the AAO-HNS meetings have the largest number of sessions related to sleep surgery.  My own schedule was fairly… Read more »

My experience and many research studies indicate that most patients with obstructive sleep apnea have what is often called multilevel obstruction. This term refers to blockage of breathing in both the Palate Region and the Tongue Region. Choosing the right sleep apnea surgery is based on careful evaluation of an individual patient and then weighing the risks and benefits of… Read more »

With the explosion in interest in sleep surgery has come the need to improve training opportunities in this field.  Sleep surgery encompasses the surgical evaluation and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, and it is like anything in life: the more experience you have, the more likely it is that you will develop expertise…. Read more »

May and June are busy months for major medical conferences.  May had the 8th meeting of the International Surgical Sleep Society that we hosted at the University of Southern California, and I recently returned from giving lectures at the Sleep 2017 meeting in Boston.  Later in June, I will be speaking at the International Federation… Read more »

On May 5-6, 2017, the 8th meeting of the International Surgical Sleep Society was held at the University of Southern California.  It was a true pleasure to organize the meeting with invaluable input from many colleagues.  The conference covered a broad spectrum of interesting and relevant topics in the surgical evaluation and treatment of snoring… Read more »

Final preparations are in place for the 8th International Surgical Sleep Society Meeting in Los Angeles on May 5-6, 2017.  The conference program includes virtually all of the international leaders in sleep surgery, and I am excited for it.  The International Surgical Sleep Society is the world’s main organization dedicated to the surgical evaluation and treatment… Read more »

When I chose to focus my career on snoring and sleep apnea surgery, one key factor in my decision was the idea that this was a new field with many unanswered questions and a need for more sleep apnea surgery research.  There was so much to learn when it came to surgery for snoring and… Read more »