Today, Ilene Rosen, MD, became the 32nd president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) board of directors. Rosen assumed the role during SLEEP 2017. She will serve a one-year term.

“As the US health care system continues to evolve, sleep specialists have an increasingly important role to play in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions that impact health, quality of life, performance, and safety,” says Rosen in a release. “I am energized to work with AASM members to expand our field by developing strategic partnerships and leveraging innovative technologies to provide patient-centered care.”

Rosen is the program director of the University of Pennsylvania Sleep Fellowship and an associate professor of clinical medicine for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She also serves as an assistant dean for graduate medical education. Rosen has clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, and her educational and research focus has been on the sleep habits, health, and performance of residents. Currently she is exploring the use of telemedicine to promote sleep medicine education in health care training as the principal investigator of a study that is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Rosen completed her fellowship and residency and earned her medical degree and a master of science degree in clinical epidemiology from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania after earning her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Duke University. She is board-certified in sleep medicine and pulmonary medicine.

“With roughly one-third of US adults failing to sleep the recommended seven or more hours per night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named insufficient sleep a public health problem,” says Rosen. “The AASM must inform the public of the cumulative impact of chronic sleep loss and untreated sleep diseases on nearly every key public health indicator, which increases the risk of physical and mental health problems, mortality, accidents, and injuries. AASM will continue to be the leader in driving awareness of healthy sleep as a means to better health.”

An AASM member since 2000, Rosen has served on the AASM board of directors since 2011 and on the Executive Committee since 2014, including a one-year term as president-elect. She also served as the inaugural chair of the AASM’s Sleep Medicine Fellowship Directors Council and as the AASM representative to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Liaison Committee on Certification and Recertification.