Elected Officers

patilPresident
Susheel P. Patil, MD, PhD

Susheel P. Patil, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Medicine Program. Dr. Patil came to Johns Hopkins for fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, during which he also completed training in Sleep Medicine. Dr. Patil also received a PhD in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Patil has been active in numerous committees and leadership roles in the Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly of the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has organized or spoke in numerous scientific symposia at the international meetings related to sleep medicine. He is the author of more than 30 publications, and has given invited lectures throughout the US. He is the Associate Director of the ACGME Sleep Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Patil is also active in sleep medicine related public policy at the state level as Chair of the Polysomnography Practice Committee of the Maryland Board of Physcians and is a Board Member for the Maryland Sleep Society.

Dr. Patil has a longstanding interest in the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea, particularly examining the relationship of obesity, inflammation, and adipokines to mechanical and neuromuscular factors that contribute to upper airway collapsibility. This has involved research studies involving bariatric surgery, HIV-infected, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease patient groups affected by OSA. More recently he has been involved in clinical trials examining the effects of therapy on the cardiovascular consequences of OSA.

Dr. Patil is married and his wife is trained in classical and popular Indian dance. They have 2 young sons. Dr. Patil enjoys cycling when time allows and participating in long distance rides.

He can be reached by email at: info@marylandsleepsociety.com


President-Elect
John E. Brown, MD, FCCP

Dr. Brown is faculty in the University of Maryland Sleep Fellowship Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. He serves as the Director of Clinical Informatics at the VA Maryland Healthcare System, and provides care to veterans with sleep problems.

Dr. Brown is a graduate of New York Medical College and completed his Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary-Critical Care fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center. He served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy for over 13 years. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. He served as Faculty in Sleep Medicine at the University of South Florida, prior to joining the University of Maryland. Dr. Brown also serves on the Respiratory Care Committee of the Maryland Board of Physicians.

Dr. Brown enjoys cycling, cooking, and spending time with his family.


Secretary
Steven C Scherr, DDS

Steven C. Scherr, D.D.S. is dental director of AADSM accredited dental sleep medicine facilities in Pikesville and Bel Air, providing oral therapeutics for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (not an ADA recognized specialty), and is currently Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the ABDSM.  He is an at-large Director of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), having chaired the task force that developed dental sleep medicine facility accreditation standards.  He most recently chaired an AADSM consensus conference which developed an empirical definition of an effective oral appliance.  Dr. Scherr is the Johns Hopkins Medical School Sleep Disorders Fellowship Program Local Program Director for oral appliance therapy training.  He works directly with sleep physicians, technologists, and support staff at nearly 20 central and northern Maryland Sleep Disorders Centers/Labs on an ongoing basis.  Dr. Scherr is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Sleep Society, and has co-authored several educational and research publications related to dental sleep medicine.  Dr. Scherr is married to his high school sweetheart, Marcia.  Their life is enriched by their daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. Dr. Scherr may be reached by e-mail: sleepdentist@comcast.net.


Linda HurleyTreasurer
Linda Hurley, RPSGT, CCSH

Linda is co-owner of Sleep Waves, Inc. and Director of Peninsula Sleep Waves, a 9 bed sleep lab at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Salisbury, Maryland.

Linda started her career in sleep in 2004 with the goal of opening a free standing sleep lab. Sleep Waves opened a 4 bed sleep lab in Salisbury in January 2007 and contracted with a DME for in house CPAP setups. A second lab was opened in Dagsboro, DE in 2010. After 5 years of growth, Sleep Waves was awarded a contract to manage the sleep lab at PRMC. Over 2500 pediatric and adult sleep studies are now performed annually at PRMC, with all the sleep business under one roof.

Linda co-authored a white paper which laid out strategies for optimizing Peninsula Sleep Waves’ impact on the health of the community, the profitability of PRMC’s DME partner, and to educate on the impact of sleep on health. This was in response to the Maryland All-Payer Model adopted by PRMC.

Linda has developed Power Point presentations for a variety of audiences and has been invited to speak at department meetings, support groups and educational forums at PRMC. She is a regular guest lecturer at Salisbury University, WorWic Community College, local high schools and civic organizations, and has been invited to speak on local television programs. She is passionate about sleep and health and continues to seek out new opportunities to educate.

Linda and her husband Chris live outside of Salisbury. They are enjoying son Josh as he finishes college and heads off to medical school. Linda loves to cook and is active in her church as a vestry and choir member.

Linda can be reached by e-mail at linda.hurley@comcast.net.


Past President
Emerson M Wickwire, PhD

Dr. Wickwire was recently named Director of the Insomnia Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he will hold faculty appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry. Prior to this post, Dr. Wickwire co-founded and served as Sleep Medicine Program Director at the Howard County Center of Lung and Sleep Medicine, a leading interdisciplinary sleep medicine center that became a model for comprehensive centers throughout the country.

Dr. Wickwire completed his advanced training in sleep at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A recognized expert in the non-drug treatment of sleep disorders, he is board-certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine as well as cognitive and behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Wickwire is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Wickwire has published over two-dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts, and has served as a reviewer for numerous academic publications. He also remains an active and award-winning educator, having served on the education committees of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, National Sleep Foundation, and American Pain Society. He holds a special interest in sleep in military populations and serves as a local site director for the Walter Reed National Army Medical Center/National Capitol Consortium sleep medicine fellowship.

An active speaker, Dr. Wickwire has presented invited lectures at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Maryland, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and elsewhere. His presentations on human motivation and behavior change were selected by his peers among the top 1% of over 1300 medical presentations in 2011.

Personally, Dr. Wickwire is deeply interested in literature, the arts, and the life of the mind. Today his greatest joys are spending time with his wife and their toddler son.

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rashmi Nisha Aurora, MD

Dr. Aurora is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. She is currently involved in human-based NIH research examining metabolic outcomes in sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Aurora has been committed and active in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She has served as Chair of both the Standards of Practice Committee and Adult OSA Quality Measures Workgroup. Additionally, Dr. Aurora has been a member of several guideline task forces, the Documents Review Committee, Future of Sleep Medicine Task Force (2010), and the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project Surveillance and Epidemiology Workgroup. She has also served as a grant reviewer for the ASMF and is currently on the SLEEP and JCSM Editorial Boards. Dr. Aurora is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of the Sleep Medicine.


Katherine S. Maul Buki, MD, FCCP, FAASM

bukiDr. Buki has maintained a private practice in Sleep Medicine for over 20 years. She received her ScB in Psychology from Brown University, and her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Buki completed her Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep training at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson. She holds three board certifications in Sleep (ABSM, ABIM and NBPAS).

Since 2010, Dr. Buki has been Medical Director of the FMH Center for Advanced Sleep Medicine, an AASM accredited facility in Frederick, MD. She has been an avid supporter of the Maryland Sleep Society since its inception and is delighted to serve the Maryland sleep community via this dynamic organization.

Dr. Buki lives in downtown Frederick with her husband and two children, and in her spare time, enjoys dabbling with molten glass.


Montserrat Diaz-Abad, MD

Originally from Dominican Republic where she obtained her medical degree, Dr. Diaz did her internal medicine residency and fellowship training in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Upon completion, she joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, where she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Diaz has a major interest in sleep education and became director of the sleep medicine fellowship training program at the University of Maryland, where she mentor sleep fellows during their fellowship year.

Following her interest in sleep education, Dr. Diaz also organized and is course director of the Maryland Sleep Boot Camp, which provides since 2013 an annual two-day intensive core lecture series course attended by the sleep medicine fellows of the Baltimore/DC area programs, along with other local health professionals interested in the field.

Dr. Diaz in interested in all aspects of sleep medicine. Of particular interest is the non invasive ventilatory management of sleep hypoventilation and chronic respiratory failure in general, and in neuromuscular patients in particular. As co-director of the Maryland ALS Center of Excellence she also studies and manages sleep disorders in this population of patients.

Dr. Diaz’s hobbies include reading and personal finance.


Emily Evans, RPSGT, RST

Emily Evans has been working in the field of sleep medicine since 2008. Her academic interest in sleep blossomed while serving as a lab assistant during her neurobiology courses at Shepherd University. Eager to know more, she pursued training as a polysomnographic technician, eventually earning her technologist credential. She conducted overnight polysomnography for many years before transitioning to providing clinical support to sleep physicians. This role enlightened her to the importance of sleep medicine for the community at large.

When she isn’t working sleep, thinking about sleep, or actively sleeping herself, Emily enjoys reading, arts/crafts, and spending time with her family and friends.


mirzaAgha W. Mirza

Agha W. Mirza is a senior staff member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, deputy lab director of AASM-accredited sleep disorders center at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and adjunct faculty member of a CAAHEP accredited polysomnography program at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Agha is a Hopkins trained, board-certified polysomnographer (BRPT and ABSM), and in practice for over 16 years. He is responsible for the sleep laboratory operation and RPSGT staff coordination. He understands the clinical, research, and administrative operation of sleep medicine and has gained multi-year experience working closely with faculty and staff at the sleep center. He received his professional training at Hopkins, and has academic degrees in the field of medicine (MBBS) and health care administration (MS). He is a competent, board-certified polysomnographic technologist, with a strong clinical knowledge and expertise in the practice of polysomnography, extensive experience in scoring and QA, management of regulatory affairs, and as an educator at Hopkins and CCBC.

He enjoys the challenge to address complex issues and able to resolve matters quickly and effectively. The joy of his life is his family.


Anita Naik, DO

Dr. Naik completed her residency training and pulmonary fellowship at Drexel University Hospital. She did specialty training in sleep medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She has been in private practice for over 15 years with Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore. She serves as the medical director of Upper Chesapeake Sleep Disorders Center and Northern Maryland Sleep Disorders Center, both accredited AASM facilities. In addition, she works at University of Maryland-Upper Chesapeake Hospital and is part of the resident clinical teaching faculty at Medstar Franklin Square Hospital.

Special interests in sleep medicine include incorporating good sleep protocols into the hospital setting, and sleep disorders related to cardiovascular diseases.

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