Leadership | Board of Directors

President & Chairman, Education & Practice Management Committee: Neeraj Kaplish MD, FAPN, FAASM

Neeraj Kaplish MD is an Assistant Professor of  Neurology,Medical Director of the Sleep Laboratories, University of Michigan.  After completing medical school in India in 2000, Dr Kaplish obtained and completed a Neurology residency at the  Medical University of Ohio. This was followed quickly by completing fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine. He has been active in the local and national sleep medicine societies.

President-Elect: Mark Goetting, MD, FAAP, FAPN, FAASM

Dr. Goetting is Medical Director of Bronson Sleep Health and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Neurology at MSU. He is a graduate of The College of Human Medicine at MSU after which he completed training in neurology, pediatrics, and sleep medicine at the University of Michigan as well as a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition, he has authored over 45 peer reviewed papers as well as book chapters and numerous abstracts. His current research interests are in advanced technology for sleep disordered breathing and pharmacotherapy of chronic insomnia, narcolepsy, and restless legs syndrome. Recently, he has worked with Medicare and the AMA in their efforts to define appropriate diagnosis, therapy, and reimbursement for sleep apnea.

Past-President: Harvey W. Organek, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, C.BSM  

Harvey W. Organek, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, C.BSM is the medical director of a free standing sleep center with a successful, wide range of management experience in faculty and private group as well as solo private practice, hospital administration, Independent Physician Organizations, as well as in accredited sleep center and hospital respiratory therapy management, acquiring JAHCO accreditation, starting and assessing sleep center operations. He is board certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Internal Medicine with academic and teaching credentials. He is a Founder physician and has been long been active in the Michigan Sleep Disorders Association.  

Secretary-Treasurer: Cynthia Nichols, PhD., FAASM, C.BSM                                

Cindy Nichols, PhD, FAASM, C.BSM  has served on the MSDA-MASM Board of Directors for 20 years and presently practices at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist . Her clinical interests include sleep disorders in children, parasomnias, cognitive-behavioral treatment of insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, sleep in traumatic brain injury, sleep in post-traumatic stress disorder, new technologies in sleep measurement, and development of adaptive predictive analytics.   She is currently the Chair of the Munson Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB). She served on the AASM task force that developed and standardized the indications for polysomnography in children.  As a biostatistician, she co-authored a study published in Circulation regarding  the use of advanced 3-D echocardiographic imaging to guide surgical repair of the mitral valve, resulting in improved patient outcomes.     

Board Member & Chairman: Membership Committee.  
Lee Marmion MD, FAPN, FAASM

Lee C. Marmion, MD, FAASM  is a native of Michigan and graduate of the University of Michigan (BS 71, MD 75). He received training in Internal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix and in Neurology at the University of Michigan (80).  He founded the Sleep Medicine program at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in 1985 which has grown to a network of 9 hospital based sleep clinics, staffed by 11 sleep physicians from multiple disciplines, a psychologist, and 4 advanced practice professionals.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the MSU Medical School in Grand Rapids.  He is a Diplomat of the  American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He has been active in the MASM for many years.

Director: Soumya Madala, MD, FAASM

Dr Madala is a board certified internist and sleep medicine specialist practicing in the Grand Rapids area. She graduated medical school in India and completed herresidency at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program.

Director: Q. Afifa Shamim-Uzzaman, MD, FAASM

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Neurology as well as Director of the Sleep Laboratory, Ann Arbor VA.  After completing medical school at the Dow Medical College, Dr Shamin-Uzzaman obtained and completed an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at the  Texas Tech University Amarillo Health Center. This was followed by completing a Movement Disorders fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital and Sleep Medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. She has been active in the local and national sleep medicine societies.

Chairman, Annual Meeting Committee: Narendra Kumar MD 

Narendra Kumar MD  is  a board certified Otolaryngologist and Sleep Medicine specialist who has been very active in the community of  Saginaw  where he resides, as well as the State of Michigan and his profession. During his tenure as President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) he received the Government of India's highest civilian honor for non-resident Indians in 2013 for his achievements in the field of medicine, community service, global leadership and contributions to building bridges between India and the United States. He was the Michigan Governor's nominee to Asia- Pacific Advisory Council. He graduated medical school and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University. 

Chairman, Health Policy Committee: R. Bart Sangal, MD, FAASM                                   

R. Bart Sangal, MD is the Director of Sleep & Attention Disorders Institute in Sterling Heights, MI, and Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He has previously served as Chair of the Health Policy Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), member of its Board of Directors, and Chair of the Business of Sleep Medicine Course. He served on the Task Force that wrote the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, 2nd edition. He received the AASM’s Mark Hatfield Public Policy Award in 2006.His research interests have included daytime sleepiness and attention deficit. He has participated as Principal Investigator in 76 clinical trials, and has authored 54 peer-reviewed papers (including review articles on the Indications for Polysomnography and related procedures, and the Clinical Use of the MSLT and MWT).  

      
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