The new president will lead efforts to advance sleep medicine and improve patient care at the AASM.


Summary: Eric J. Olson, MD, has become the 39th president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) during the SLEEP 2024 meeting in Houston. Olson, a longstanding member of AASM, will lead the organization’s 12,000 members to advance sleep care and improve sleep health. He has held numerous leadership roles within AASM and brings extensive expertise from his work at the Mayo Clinic and his academic background.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eric J. Olson, MD, is the newly appointed president of the AASM, assuming the role during the SLEEP 2024 meeting.
  • Olson aims to lead and collaborate with AASM’s members to enhance sleep health and patient care, emphasizing the importance of innovative, patient-centered approaches.
  • With a background in sleep medicine and pulmonary disease, Olson has held various leadership roles within AASM and currently serves as chair of the division of pulmonary/critical care medicine at the Mayo Clinic. 

Eric J. Olson, MD, became the 39th president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) board of directors. Olson assumed the role during SLEEP 2024, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, held in Houston.

During his one-year tenure as president, Olson will lead and collaborate with the organization’s 12,000 physicians, scientists, allied health professionals, and accredited sleep centers to carry out the AASM’s mission of advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives. 

Olson’s Vision for AASM

Eric J. Olson, MD Photo credit: AASM

“With millions of Americans experiencing chronic sleep disorders, the imperative need for innovative, patient-centered care is more pressing than ever,” says Olson in a release. “It is a privilege to help guide the AASM’s diverse group of sleep medicine professionals as we continue to advocate for patients and educate the public about the importance of sleep for overall well-being.”

As a longstanding member of the AASM, Olson has held numerous leadership roles within the organization over the years. He has served on the AASM Foundation board of directors since June 2016, most recently as the 2022-2023 secretary/treasurer. 

Notably, he has brought his expertise to several other committees, serving as the chair of the Sleep Technologists Issues Committee and a member of the Education Committee, Clinical Practice Committee, Nosology Committee, and Alternative Payment for OSA Task Force, to name a few.

“Together with our esteemed members, I am eager to drive evidence-based advancements, foster collaboration within the sleep community, and elevate the standards of patient care to enhance the sleep health of individuals,” Olson says in a release.

Medical and Academic Background

Board-certified in sleep medicine and pulmonary disease, Olson is chair of the division of pulmonary/critical care medicine at the Mayo Clinic and a professor at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. 

He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Additionally, he completed fellowships in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

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