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Physician Resources2018-12-19T07:53:03+00:00

Physician Resources

As you may know from your experience, it can sometimes be difficult to focus on a multifaceted field such as the many diseases associated with sleep in a patient with multiple co-morbidities. Our expertise and interest in such diseases helps our practice to focus on these conditions in-depth and keep morbidity under control.

We will work with you to ensure quality health care for your patient in timely manner, including faxing all consultative notes to your office and remaining in constant communication so that you are well aware of the patient’s treatment course.

Working together with medical professionals in the community is part our culture. We understand how important it is for your patients to know that the physicians you refer to are competent and will provide personalized attention. We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with you on the care of your patients.

To refer a patient for a sleep consultation, please fax the form below and the patient demographics/face sheet, a copy of the patient’s insurance card(s) and H&P/last office visit note to: (239) 303-4093.

Sleep Consultation Order
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Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, MPH, FCCP

Education & Training

Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine, started his medical training in the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY to complete residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Upon completion of fellowship, he went on to Harvard to obtain advanced degree and training in clinical research and healthcare management. He also received Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He received his medical degree from Dhaka Medical College with outstanding achievement and scholarship.

Current Position

Dr. Ahmad is the Medical Director of Somnas. Here, he focuses on the diagnosis, management and treatment of sleep disorders, as well as conducting clinical research in these fields. He is also the Medical Director at Allergy Sleep & Lung Care. 

Board Certifications

  • Pulmonology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • Pulmonology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Asthma/Allergy

Past Positions

  • Abbott Laboratories – Medical Director Abbott Park, IL
  • Sepracor, Inc. – Consultant Marlborough, MA

Professional Associations

  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

Latest in Sleep Medicine News

Insomnia in the Elderly: A Review

Insomnia remains one of the most common complaints among elderly patients. However, treatment options are not easily understood among primary care physicians. There are risks of overuse of sedatives without proper analysis of underlying risk factors for insomnia. Cognitive behavioral therapy remains a viable treatment option in addition to pharmacological therapy. This review article outlines evidence-based treatment options for insomnia.

Source:Patel D, Steinberg J, Patel P. Insomnia in the elderly: a review. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018;14(6):1017–1024.

Nonadherence to CPAP Associated With Increased 30-Day Hospital Readmissions

Effective CPAP therapy is associated with improved cardiovascular and pulmonary-related morbidity and mortality. Nonadherence to CPAP leads to worsened health outcomes, but it is unclear whether this translates into increased 30-day hospital readmissions. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM) showed that Nonadherence to CPAP is associated with increased 30-day all-cause and cardiovascular-cause readmission in patients with OSA. Thirty-day all-cause and cardiovascular-cause readmission rate was significantly higher in the nonadherent group, with an adjusted odds ratio (OR) of 3.52 and 2.31 respectively. This study suggests that ensuring CPAP adherence is crucial in addressing general and cardiovascular-related healthcare utilization and morbidity in patients with OSA.

Source: Truong KK, De Jardin R, Massoudi N, Hashemzadeh M, Jafari B. Nonadherence to CPAP associated with increased 30-day hospital readmissions. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018;14(2):183–189.

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and Atrial Fibrillation: A Case of Bidirectional Relationship and Continuous PAP Compliance Monitoring

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a contributor to atrial fibrillation (AF) and the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea can reduce the recurrence of AF following catheter ablation. On the other hand, the impact of AF therapy and conversion to sinus rhythm is not fully understood. This is a case of a middle-aged man with SDB and persistent AF who exhibited improvement in SDB events, following sinus rhythm conversion. This supports the hypothesis that a bidirectional relationship between SDB and AF exist and highlights the importance of continuous monitoring of CPAP compliance, beyond improvement of daytime sleepiness.

Improvement in Sleep-Disordered Breathing Indices Downloaded From a Positive Airway Pressure Machine Following Conversion of Atrial Fibrillation to Sinus Rhythm.

J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 Nov 15;14(11):1953-1957

Authors: Monahan K, Upender R, Sherman K, Sheller J, Montgomery J, Abraham RL

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About Somnas

Somnas offers state-of-the-art diagnostic options to identify specific sleep disorders and manage them using the latest treatments and therapies with an individualized treatment plan to ensure long-term optimal outcomes. Our practice is focused on helping diagnose and treat daytime sleepiness, difficulty in falling asleep or staying in sleep (insomnia), restless leg syndrome, nightmares associated with acute stress/PTSD, sleep disorder among veterans, and various other sleep disorders. 

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