SASM Board of Directors

SASM Officers


President (2018-2019)


Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD 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.

President-Elect (2018-2019)

Dennis Auckley, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center.  His research interests include postoperative management of patients with OSA and the evaluation and management of OSA in hospitalized patients.


Secretary (2018-2019)


Anthony Doufas, MD, PhD  is 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 peer-reviewed papers. He is a Board member for the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) and a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA). Dr. Doufas is Associate Editor in Anesthesia & Analgesia for Anesthetic Pharmacology, and Respiration and Sleep Medicine. He is a member of the Outcomes Research Consortium.

Treasurer (2018-2019)


Krish Ramachandran, MD, MBBS is a leader in perioperative patient safety, and is presently Vice-Chair of Anesthesiology for Quality, Safety, Informatics and Innovation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. His expertise is in prospective and retrospective safety process techniques, implementation science, large data epidemiological research, phenotyping disease states and time series analyses of continuous physiological data.

Immediate Past President (2017-2018)


Babak Mokhlesi, MD, MSc is Professor of Medicine and the director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Sleep Medicine Fellowship program at the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine. During the last few years his research has focused on obstructive sleep apnea, especially in patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome and cardiometabolic consequences of REM-related OSA. He is also interested in perioperative outcomes of patients with sleep-disordered breathing as well as sleep in hospitalized patients. Dr. Mokhlesi’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to authoring several book chapters and articles, Dr. Mokhlesi serves as the Associate Editor of journals Thorax and the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. He also serves on the editorial board of Chest..

Board of Director At Large (2017-19)


Nancy Collop, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Neurology at Emory University. She serves as the Director of the Emory Sleep Center and Emory Sleep Medicine Fellowship program. She is a clinician educator who has served in a variety of leadership roles in the field of sleep medicine.  She has been involved in developing  certification for sleep medicine, initially serving on the American Board of Sleep Medicine as a member and president and then, as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties first examination committee for sleep medicine certification.  Dr. Collop has served as a board member for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and its president (2011-2012). She is currently the editor of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Board of Director At Large (2017-19)


Christine Won, MD, MSc is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Yale University and the Medical Director of the Yale Sleep Center. She is the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program. She is Chair of the Sleep-disordered breathing section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and member of the national VA Sleep Network.



Board of Director At Large (2017-19)


Najib T. Ayas, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine. He has broad research interest including the investigation of the public health and safety consequences of sleep disorders, including both respiratory sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea) and sleep deprivation. He serves as an associate editor for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Board of Director At Large (2018-20)


Toby Weingarten, MD 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.

Board of Director At Large (2018-20)


Jean Wong, MD 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.