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Sleep Medicine

Michael Yurcheshen, MDMichael Yurcheshen, MD
Co-Director,
UR Medicine Sleep Center

Joseph Modrak, MDJoe Modrak, MD
Co-Director,
UR Medicine Sleep Center

The UR Medicine Sleep Center is a state-of-the-art, fully accredited, 10-bed sleep disorders center with a very active home sleep testing program as well. We see in consultation more than 3,000 patients/year as well as perform over 3,000 sleep studies/year. Conditions treated include obstructive sleep apnea, Cheyne-Stokes respirations, parasomnias such as sleep walking and REM sleep behavior disorder, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnolence, insomnia, etc.

The UR Medicine Sleep Center is a multi-disciplinary sleep center under the Co-directorship of Joe Modrak, MD (Pulmonary) and Michael Yurcheshen, MD (Neurology). We have a one year fellowship in sleep medicine under the directorship of Dr. Yurcheshen. Dr. Modrak is in charge of training the pulmonary fellows during their rotations at the sleep center as well as medical residents and students who take electives here. Other faculty include Don Greenblatt, MD (Pulmonary), Jon Marcus, MD (Neurology), and Carolina Marcus, MD (Pulmonary/Allergy) and two clinical psychologists who staff our insomnia clinic. The Sleep Center has a separate pediatric facility with eight beds dedicated to pediatric patients under the guidance of Heidi Connolly, MD.

We have been involved in a number of clinical research studies including some looking at CPAP compliance, the feasibility of telemedicine for management of obstructive sleep apnea, several studies looking at sleep in Parkinson's Disease patients, a study of sodium oxybate (Xyrem) in patients with narcolepsy, and a number of studies of pediatric sleep disordered breathing.