Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine
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Current Committee Membership:


Bylaws Committee:

David Hillman, MBBS, FFARACS, FANZCA (Chair) is a sleep physician at the Department of Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Western Australia and a director of the West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute.

He is a respiratory physiologist, anaesthetist and sleep physician.  His clinical and research interests focus on the physiology of the respiratory system and upper airway and their relationship to respiratory disease, sleep disorders and anaesthesia.  He has published extensively in these and related areas.

He is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and an honorary fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia and a past president of the Australasian Sleep Association and of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine.  He is founding chair of Australia’s Sleep Health Foundation, a national charity devoted to improving sleep health.

Clinical Committee:

Bhargavi Gali, MD (Co-Chair)








Dennis Auckley, MD (Co-Chair) is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (MetroHealth Medical Center) in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Auckley practices Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center where he directs the Center for Sleep Medicine.  He is also the Associate Director of both the Case Sleep Fellowship Program and MetroHealth’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program.

Dr. Auckley is currently on the Board of Directors (Treasurer) of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM), where he also co-chairs the Clinical Committee and is a member of SASM’s Membership Committee and OSA Database Committee.


Obstetrics Subcommittee:

Jennifer Dominguez, MD, MHS (Chair)




Pediatric Subcommittee:

Kimmo Murto, MD, FRCPC (Chair)







Rajeev Subramanyam, MD, MS (Co-Chair)





Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Subcommittee:

Dale Capener, MD (Chair)
Frances Chung, MBBS, FRCPC (Co-Chair) is Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Toronto and Medical Director, Ambulatory Surgical Unit, University Health Network. She was past president of Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA). Her research interest is in perioperative management of OSA and she has published extensively in this area. She developed the STOP-Bang questionnaire, a widely used OSA screening tool Her research was recognized by multiple awards including Research Recognition Award from Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society, Distinguished Services Award from SAMBA. and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship for 2013.

Conference  Committee:

Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD (Chair) is an anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. His research interest lies in the evaluation  of perioperative outcomes utilizing population based data. He has published in the field of outcomes in perioperative sleep apnea patients and is currently conducting clinical studies to elucidate mechanisms that may lead to increased risk for complications in this patient population.
Babak Mokhlesi, MD, MSc (Co-Chair) is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and the Sleep Medicine Fellowship training program at the University of Chicago. His research is focused on obstructive sleep apnea, with a specific focus on REM-related sleep-disordered breathing, perioperative complications in patients with sleep apnea, as well as best treatment strategies in patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome. He has authored many book chapters and more than 100 articles. Dr. Mokhlesi is an associate editor for the journal Thorax and the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. He also serves on the editorial board of Chest. His research is funded by the NIH/NHLBI.

Education Committee:

Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD

(See above)







Babak Mokhlesi, MD, MSc

(See above)







Girish Joshi, MBBS, MD, FFARCSI is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.  He is also the Director of Perioperative Medicine and Ambulatory Anesthesia at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems, Dallas, Texas. He is the Past President of SAMBA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. He is also a member of the Procedure Specific Pain Management (PROSPECT) Group, which is an international collaboration of anesthesiologists and surgeons that formulates evidence-based recommendations for postoperative pain management specific to different surgical procedures.

 Newsletter Subcommittee:

Jean Wong, MD (Chair) is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the  University of Toronto, and Staff Anesthesiologist at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests are in perioperative medicine including obstructive sleep apnea, perioperative smoking cessation, blood conservation for orthopedic and spine surgery, postoperative delirium, and ambulatory anesthesia. She is a member of the Scientific Affairs Sub-Committee, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. She is Chair of the Newsletter Committee and a member of the Scientific Update Subcommittee of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine.


Mandeep Singh, MBBS, MD, MSc, FRCPC (Vice-Chair) completed his Anesthesiology training at University of Toronto, and later on completed Sleep Medicine fellowship training at University of Toronto. He now has the distinction of being the first Canadian physician to be dual-specialized in Sleep Medicine and Anesthesiology. He also completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Sciences Research from U of T, during his residency training. His current interests include evaluating perioperative outcomes in patients with sleep disordered breathing, understanding mechanisms of upper airway collapse during sleep and under anesthesia, and epidemiology of other non-respiratory disorders in the perioperative period. He loves spending time with his wife, Ameet and his 7 and 5 year-old sons, Manmeet and Abhih, who are number one fans of the Blue Jays, the Toronto Baseball team.

Scientific Updates Subcommittee:

Susana Vacas, MD, PhD (Chair)

Finance Committee:

Dennis Auckley, MD (Chair)

(See above)






Liaison Committee:

Frances Chung, MBBS, FRCPC (Chair)

(See above)

European SASM:

Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD (Chair)

(See above)

Asian SASM:

Frances Chung, MBBS, FRCPC (Chair)

(See above)

IARS/ASA/ATS/AASM Liaison Subcommittee:

David Hillman, MBBS, FFARACS, FANCZA (Co-Chair)

(See above)






Peter Gay, MD (Co-Chair) is Professor of Medicine, at Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN where he has been on staff since 1988.  He also is Consultant, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  In 1976 he graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.  In 1981, he earned an MS in Physiology and his MD at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.  He received all of his graduate training at Mayo Clinic Rochester and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. He is a past chair of the ACCP Home Care Network and current President of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Gay is a Past President of NAMDRC but last year joined the board of NAMDRC directors.

Membership Committee:

Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD (Chair)

(See above)







Meltem Yilmaz, MD (Co-Chair)









Ellen Soffin, MD, PhD (Vice-Chair) is an Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist and Associate Director of Research for the Department of Anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC.

She completed her residency in Anesthesia & Critical Care at Johns Hopkins in 2013, and a fellowship in Regional Anesthesia at Hospital for Special Surgery in 2014, after which she joined the department as a member of faculty.

Her main clinical focus is the care of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery, with a particular interest in anesthesia for spine surgery. Her research interests include use of enhanced recovery protocols to improve outcomes after orthopedic surgery.

Communications Subcommittee:

Michael Pilla, MD (Co-Chair) is Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN.  He is associate program director of the residency training program in anesthesiology, leads the liver transplant anesthesia team, and is a college mentor in the School of Medicine.

Nominating Committee:

Peter Gay, MD (Chair)

(See above)





Research Committee:

Anthony Doufas, MD, PhD (Chair) is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine at Stanford University. He specializes in Neurosurgical Anesthesia while his research interests include clinical anesthetic pharmacology and perioperative outcomes in patients suffering from sleep disorders with a special focus on sleep-disordered breathing. He has published more than 60 (first/senior authorship in 45%) peer-reviewed papers. He is Associate Editor in Anesthesia & Analgesia, a member of the Outcomes Research Consortium (world’s largest, nonprofit, clinical anesthesia research organization; since 1999, and a member of the ASA Abstract Review Subcommittee on Respiration.


Roop Kaw, MD (Co-Chair) is Associate Professor with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and holds joint appointments with the Departments of Hospital Medicine and Outcomes Research. His research focuses on novel predictors of cardiopulmonary risk in patients undergoing Cardiac and Non-cardiac surgery. He directs the Research Committee with the Department of Hospital Medicine and is a member of Outcomes Research consortium, anesthesia’s largest international academic research organization. He has been funded by the NINDS (NIH) for studying the incremental risk of Sleep Apnea in cardiac surgical patients. Dr. Kaw has published more than 30 scientific papers as well as presented more than 50 scientific abstracts nationally and internationally.

Abstract Subcommittee:

Malin Jonsson Fagerlund, MD, PhD (Co-Chair) has a medical degree from Karolinska Institutet and training in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. She is an Associate Professor and Senior Consultant in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine and the Head of the Function Unit for Trauma and Emergency Surgery at Preoperative Medicine and Intensive Care, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.


Toby Weingarten, MD (Co-Chair) is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine from the Mayo Clinic with over 130 publications in the peer-reviewed literature.  His primary research focus is perioperative outcomes with an emphasis in postoperative respiratory depression.  His work has led to interesting observations on the temporal distribution of postoperative respiratory arrests as well as patient and perioperative factors associated with these arrests.  He will share these observations with you today.


Narcolepsy Perioperative Care Task Force:

Dennis Auckley, MD (Co-Chair)

(See above)






Rahul Kakkar (Co-Chair)

Expressions of Appreciation For the Initial SASM Steering Committee:

The Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) would like to express its sincere gratitude to the initial SASM Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee (Norman Bolden MD, Frances Chung MBBS, Matthias Eikerman MD PhD, Peter Gay MD, David Hillman MBBS, Shiroh Isono MD, Yandong Jiang MD PhD, Max Kelz MD, Ralph Lydic PhD) was responsible for laying the foundation for the creation of this society including its drafting of initial bylaws, incorporation in the State of Ohio, oversight for the first Annual SASM Conference, promoting a robust membership drive, and governance up to the first General Membership Meeting held in Chicago, IL in October 2011. We can’t thank this dedicated group of individuals enough!