Umakanth Katwa, MD, director of Sleep Laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital, has been elected president of the Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin – Sleep, reports India New England News.

“There are approximately 2,000 physicians of Indian origin who practice sleep medicine in the United States and the AAPIOS is the largest ethnic group organization of sleep medicine,” Dr. Katwa told INDIA New England News. “I would like to increase the membership among the AAPIOS and help bridge the gaps between academia and private practice. I would like to do awareness of sleep medicine in India and US and help young physician to take up the relatively new specialty and make a difference in life of our patients.”