About

Physicians and Staff

The University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center treatment team features specialists from a broad range of medical disciplines, which includes the areas of pulmonary diseases, otolaryngology, psychiatry, dentistry, and pediatric and adult neurology.

They work together to provide the best possible care for patients. Below is information on some of the principal team members, all of whom are on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Steven M. Scharf, M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Scharf is the medical director of the University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine and is a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is responsible for the overall management of the Center, the sleep laboratory and the clinical policies. He is a nationally recognized expert in breathing problems at night.

Allan Krumholz, M.D.

Dr. Krumholz is the associate medical director of the University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center. He is board certified in neurology and epilepsy, is a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is the director of the Maryland Epilepsy Center. He is responsible for overseeing the neurological care of patients with sleep disorders. He is a nationally recognized epilepsy expert.

Amandeep Bawa, M.D.

Dr. Bawa is an assistant professor of medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He has expertise in sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia and others.

John Brown, M.D.

Dr. Brown is a pulmonary/critical care specialist with expertise in treating all aspects of sleep disorders. He will be participating in our clinical and research efforts in a variety of sleep disorders. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine.

Montserrat Diaz-Abad, M.D.

Dr. Diaz is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is Co-Director of the Maryland ALS Clinic and has particular interest in sleep disordered breathing, effect of neuromuscular disorders on sleep, and noninvasive ventilation. She is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, Ph.D., R.N.

Dr. Geiger Brown is a sleep researcher with an interest in sleep and sleep deprivation in nursing personnel. She also participates in our clinical program. With a background as a psychiatric nurse specialist she has developed a clinic devoted to cognitive behavioral therapy in patients with insomnia. This clinic specializes in non-drug treatment of insomnia as a symptom in a number of sleep disorders.

Jeffrey Hasday, M.D.

Dr. Hasday is the director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases and is a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has expertise in breathing problems at night.

Arif Kabir, M.D.

Dr. Kabir is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. He completed an epilepsy and neurophysiology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a sleep medicine fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine. He has an interest in the interaction of sleep and neurological disease, with a particular emphasis on sleep disorders in patients with epilepsy.

Ana Lasso-Pirot, M.D.

Dr. Ana Lasso-Pirot: Dr. Pirot is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Lung Diseases. She sees children with disordered breathing at night, including sleep apnea.

Ana Sanchez, M.D.

Dr. Sanchez is assistant professor of neurology. She completed an epilepsy and neurophysiology fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center with a particular emphasis on sleep problems in patients with neurologic disorders, including movement and behavioral disorders as well as epilepsy during sleep.

Rodney Taylor, M.D.

Dr. Taylor is a member of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) at the University of Maryland Medical Center and is board certified in this field. He is also an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has expertise in the surgical treatment of sleep apnea and swallowing disorders at night.

Avelino C. Verceles, M.D.

Dr. Verceles is a member of Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and sleep medicine. Dr. Verceles is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and has expertise in breathing problems at night. His primary research interest is in how circadian rhythms affect patients on mechanical ventilation.

Jeffrey Wolf, M.D.

Dr. Wolf is a member of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is board certified in this field and is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has expertise in the surgical treatment of sleep apnea.

Janet Hansen, R.N., M.S.N., C.R.N.P.

Ms. Hanson is a nurse practitioner specializing in sleep disorders. She is skilled in the management of a variety of sleep disorders, and is an integral part of the center. Her specialized interests are compliance with treatment for sleep apnea, and the treatment of insomnia.

For more information or to arrange for a sleep consultation for adults, please call 410-706-4771. For children, call 410-706-3285.

This page was last updated: January 23, 2014

         
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