The American Academy of Sleep Medicine-accredited Sleep Disorders Center at Boston Medical Center provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment services for individuals with a full range of sleep problems. Along with providing our services, our Sleep Disorders Center is committed to educating the public that a good night’s sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.

Areas of Expertise 

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parasomnias such as sleepwalking, sleep terrors, and dream enacting behaviors
  • Snoring
  • Abnormal behaviors during sleep
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Disruption of sleep/wake cycle and circadian rhythm

Diagnostics

The Sleep Laboratory is located in the Crosstown Building, 801 Massachusetts Ave, 6th floor. We perform overnight sleep studies every night of the week. Patients have their own private bedrooms while a specialized sleep technician attends to the sleep study. The laboratory accommodates overnight sleep studies for patients of all ages, from infancy to geriatric patients. We require a parent or guardian to accompany any children age 14 or under.

The laboratory performs the full range of diagnostic studies, including Home Sleep Apnea Tests, multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLTs) and actigraphy.

Special Programs

The Sleep Disorders Center is staffed by a group of Board Certified Sleep Specialists. Our multidisciplinary center is staffed with adult sleep specialists, pediatric sleep specialists, surgeons specializing in procedures for sleep disordered breathing, dentists specializing in sleep dentisty, psychiatrists,  psychologists experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and a group of surgeons specializing in oral surgery and otolaryngological sleep surgeries. We also offer state-of-the-art procedures, such as hypoglossal nerve stimulation (Inspire).

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Specialty Clinics

Neurology

The Neurology Department offers a full spectrum of neurological care, including examination, diagnostic evaluation, consultation, treatment, comprehensive follow-up, and rehabilitation recommendations for disorders of the nervous system.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston Medical Center consists of two distinct divisions: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Otolaryngology – Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery

The department evaluates approximately 13,000 patients per year in the otolaryngology outpatient clinics and performs nearly 1,700 hospital-based surgical procedures annually. The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery provides care for patients with problems involving the ears, sinuses, oral cavity, nose, throat, neck (ENT) including sinus conditions, allergy, sleep disorders, and snoring.

Pediatrics - Neurology

When a child’s doctor recommends that the child sees a pediatric neurologist, it is because they suspect a disorder of the nervous system.

Pediatrics - Primary Care

Our team will work with you to provide the best possible care for your child. We provide comprehensive medical care for children. This includes routine check-ups and childhood immunizations, as well as care when your child is sick or has a chronic medical problem.

Psychiatry

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry. Our comprehensive model of healthcare combines compassionate care with state-of-the-art treatment.

Pulmonology

The Pulmonology Department comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, education, and rehabilitation services for a full range of pulmonary diseases and allergy conditions. The practice has an award-winning clinical program in asthma and expertise in fibrotic lung disease, bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, and tuberculosis.

Weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

At Boston Medical Center, we work with each patient to find the best weight loss surgery option and treatment. Bariatric surgery can change your life, help you lose weight, and give you tools to manage your weight and weight-related health problems.

Conditions We Treat

Our Team

Sanford H Auerbach, MD

Director, Sleep Disorders Center; Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program Associate Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Sleep medicine, Behavioral neurology, Dementia

Opal Mitchell, NP

Patient Resources

Research Overview

Members of the Center are actively involved in issues such as the impact of Sleep Apnea on COVID-19 outcomes, healthcare disparities in Sleep Medicine, the impact of mood disorders on sleep architecture, and the impact of sleep disorders on the risk of cognitive impairment in the elderly.

Residency and Fellowship Information

Education and Training

The Sleep Disorders Center has an ACGME-accredited Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program. The staff at the Center is also actively involved in Sleep education of the community and the medical workforce.