Sleep Research Society &
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate Training Opportunities
in Basic and Clinical Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine
2001 - V Edition
University of Michigan
Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory
University Hospital, Room 8D-8702
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0117
Phone: 734) 647-9064
FAX: 734) 647-9065
Faculty Name, Email address):
Alon Y. Avidan, M.D., M.P.H. email@example.com
Types of Training Available
Types of Funding Available
Current Trainees Names and Email address)
Seth Krantz firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurel Donnell-Fink email@example.com
Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status Name, Title, Institution, Email)
Flavia B. Consens, M.D., University of Michigan firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory
NOTE: Research Interests are also listed for each faculty member
Technical Capabilities of Lab
Primary Training Focus
Other Training Opportunities
Basic science laboratories of Ralph Lydic, Ph.D. and Helen Baghdoyan, Ph.D., Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan
Representative Publications For the Last Five Years
Chervin RD, Aldrich MS. Effects of esophageal pressure monitoring on sleep architecture.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1997;156:881-885.
www link for the Lab
Faculty Research Interests
Alon Y. Avidan M.D., M.P.H., is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology. His activities include the evaluation and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing, narcolepsy, parasomnias, and restless leg syndrome. He is also involved in assessment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate CPAP for alternative treatment options such as surgery and oral appliances. Dr. Avidan's primary research activities focus on medical student and physician education in sleep medicine. This NIH-funded program involves assessment of current sleep knowledge among medical students and house officers, and the development of educational tools and tutorials in sleep medicine. Dr. Avidan is also interested in the evaluation and management of sleep disorders in the older adult, and in the use of oral appliances for sleep apnea.
Ronald D. Chervin, M.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, directs the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center. He supervises fellows and residents who participate in sleep disorders clinics, a multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program, polysomnogram reading sessions, and sleep research projects. Dr. Chervin's research focuses on behavioral effects of sleep disorders. Specific interests include sleepiness and its measurement, obstructive sleep apnea, upper airway resistance syndrome, cost-effective approaches to sleep-disordered breathing, periodic limb movement disorder, REM sleep behavior disorder, and effects of sleep disorders on child behavior. Current research is supported by the NIH (NINDS, NICHD, and NHLBI), the University of Michigan General Clinical Research Center, and industry.
Flavia B. Consens, M.D. is a Lecturer in the Department of Neurology. She supervises polysomnography reading sessions, participates in sleep disorders clinics, conducts clinical trials, and pursues several lines of research. Specific interests include REM sleep behavior disorder, sleep and alcoholism, sleep in intensive care units, education in sleep medicine, and narcolepsy. Current research is supported by the NIH, the University of Michigan General Clinical Research Center, and industry.
Alan S. Eiser, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with a practice in psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy as well as a specialization in sleep disorders. He has been involved in research on sleep in psychiatric patients, and his present emphases are on dreaming and psychological aspects of sleep disorders. Representative of his current work are a commentary he co-authored with Howard Shevrin, Ph.D., "Continued Vitality of the Freudian Theory of Dreaming", which is to appear in the December 2000 issue of the journal Behavioraland Brain Sciences, and a presentation entitled "Thinking Psychologically about Patients with Sleep Disorders", which focuses on a published case of 'Homicidal Somnambulism' and has been given in a variety of settings. Dr. Eiser's current efforts in the Sleep Disorders Center include supervising fellows in reading polysomnograms, giving presentations on sleep in psychiatric disorders, insomnia, and dreams, and consulting on selected sleep-disordered patients with complex psychological factors.
Susan L. Garetz M.D., M.S. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is a participant in the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. Specific clinical and research interests include the surgical treatment of snoring and sleep apnea including measurement of general efficacy and cost-effectiveness.
Joseph I. Helman, D.M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, spearheads involvement of Oral Surgery in the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. He trains residents and fellows in oral surgery, including maxillofacial techniques used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, a topic on which he has lectured extensively in this country and around the world. His main research interests focus on outcomes of surgical intervention for sleep apnea.
Timothy F. Hoban, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology. He is board-certified in Sleep Medicine and Child Neurology, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Hoban coordinates a pediatric sleep disorders clinic and is actively involved in the clinical, teaching, and research activities of the Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory. His clinical and research interests include obstructive sleep apnea and hypoventilation in children as well as sleep disorders in disabled children.
Beth A. Malow, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and active clinically in both the sleep and epilepsy programs at the University of Michigan. She is the Director of the Sleep Fellowship program and supervises residents and fellows in sleep disorders, epilepsy, and electroencephalography. Her research interests are in the interface of sleep and epilepsy. They include the relationship of interictal epileptiform discharges and epileptic seizures to sleep, the effects of vagus nerve stimulation on sleep in epilepsy, the relationship of sleep deprivation and epilepsy, and the impact of treating sleep disorders on seizure control in patients with epilepsy. Her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NINDS), the University of Michigan General Clinical Research Center, and industry.
Emerson Robinson, D.D.S.,M.P.H., is a Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Biologicand Material Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry. He is a participant iin the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. His research interests include assessment of oral appliance effectiveness in the management of sleep disorders, and evaluation of combined treatment of OSA with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and oral appliance therapy. He is a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Linda M. Selwa, M.D. is a clinical Associate Professor in Neurology. Her primary research interests are in cognitive aspects of epilepsy. She has administrative responsibility for overseeing the outpatient clinic. She was trained in sleep medicine by Dr. Michael Aldrich and serves as additional staffing faculty to the sleep group.
Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, D.D.S. is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of the General Practice Residency in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/ Hospital Dentistry. He is a participant in the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. Dr. Zwetchkenbaum is a trained maxillofacial prosthodontist, and his interest in the area of sleep medicine is in the use of oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea. He is a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.