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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Expands Sleep Center

New York, NY (November 2008) -- More than 1,400 people a year from the tri-state area who suffer a variety of sleep problems, from apnea (cessation of breathing) to loud snoring, are studied each year at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s four-year-old Sleep Center, which continues to expand.

The Sleep Center this September added a second pulmonary specialist, Boris Sagalovich, MD.   A diplomate in Sleep Medicine, Dr. Sagalovich completed his fellowship in pulmonary medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center.  He is currently working on a new intranasal device for non-invasive ventilation.

The Infirmary’s Sleep Center is one of the largest in New York and has a six-bedroom suite with a team of trained sleep technicians who monitor and collect sleep data from both adult and pediatric patients with sleeping disorders.   The pediatric testing rooms have two beds to accommodate the child and a parent.

The Center’s bedrooms are located in a quiet setting, an ambulatory care area not used at night.  There, clinicians conduct sleep, titration and fatigue studies to help diagnose the cause of patients’sleep problems.

  • Sleep studies, or nocturnal polysomnography, screen patients for sleep disordered breathing (including sleep apnea), poor sleeping efficiency (not enough REM sleep, for example), and periodic limb movements (PLM).  Apnea is especially prevalent among overweight patients.
  • Titration studies include the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which is a durable medical device that provides a constant flow of air into the patient’s airway; and bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP), which is similar to CPAP, but provides different pressures for inspiration and expiration.
  • Fatigue studies, or multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT), are conducted during the day and screen for narcolepsy.

Study results are interpreted by the Sleep Center’s physicians Board-certified in Sleep Medicine: Rochelle Waldman, MD, medical director of the service; Boris Sagalovich, MD; and Gerry Suh, MD, who performs the pediatric interpretations. 

The Sleep Center team also consists of Gene Ukrainsky, MD, a member of the Otolaryngology Faculty Practice. Depending on a patient’s diagnosis, a physician may prescribe diet changes (avoiding certain foods and drinks), an in-home CPAP device or surgery for apnea, medicines for PLM, and daytime naps or medicines for narcolepsy.

Sleep Center also includes beautiful views of ManhattanSome of the added benefits of the Sleep Center, aside from its quiet and comfortable location, include wonderful bedroom views of New York City, queen-size beds, amenities kit, breakfast, and free night-time parking.

New York Eye and Ear is served by all major forms of public transportation and is an easy walk to the Union Square subway station.

For more information, visit the Sleep Center section of this website.

Sleep Center Referrals

To schedule a patient, the physician’s office should call (212) 614-8288 or fax request to (212) 614-8294.  Referring physicians will receive reports within a turnaround time of 10 business days. Studies are covered under most insurance plans.

Media Information

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