Ask the Doctor
October 2017: We regret to inform you that the Ask the Doctor column will be suspended until further notice. We are regrouping and intend to re-introduce a new and improved column with guidelines and parameters that will meet the needs of both our viewing community and the medical professionals who have partnered with us to provide answers. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.
Is There a Doctor in the House?
The Nuts ‘n Bolts of Ask the Doctor
What is an Ask the Doctor column?
Ask the Doctor columns, or some form thereof, typically appear in medical newsletters for public consumption and address medical matters of interest to the readership.
How will the Hypersomnia Foundation’s Ask the Doctor column work?
Readers will submit their questions to . We reserve the right to modify your questions so that they apply to a broad audience and for grammar and clarity. Members of the Foundations Medical Advisory Board will answer the questions, which we will then publish in SomnusNooze.
What kinds of questions can be submitted?
Questions that will be accepted for the column are those that are of general interest to the readers. However, they must be related to one of the three central disorders of hypersomnolence: idiopathic hypersomnia, Kleine-Levin syndrome, or narcolepsy. We cannot take questions that are related to a personal diagnosis or personal treatment. In other words, questions that seek medical advice will NOT be considered.
Who are the physicians behind Ask the Doctor?
As mentioned previously, members of the Hypersomnia Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board will be responding to these questions. You can see a complete list of our Medical Advisory Board on the Hypersomnia Foundation’s website at http://www.hypersomniafoundation.org/about-us/medical-advisory-board/.
We thank the members of our Medical Advisory Board for their willingness to be available to our readers and support the Hypersomnia Foundation in yet another way. And, we thank YOU, our readers, for making this resource as robust and helpful as possible.
Introducing New Members of the Hypersomnia Foundation Medical Advisory Board
The Board of Directors of the Hypersomnia Foundation is thrilled to announce two additions to the Medical Advisory Board: Dr. Jason Ong and Dr. Michel Lecendreux. If you attended the 2016 Beyond Sleepy Regional Conference in Denver, or watched the Livestream, you have already “met” these two sleep clinicians. This month, we will formally introduce you to Dr. Ong and, next month, to Dr. Lecendreux.
Dr. Jason Ong is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. His primary research interest involves demonstrating the effectiveness and value of behavioral treatments for sleep disorders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation. Specifically, Dr. Ong is interested in the psychosocial impact of hypersomnia, and his lab has been developing an intervention to aid in coping with chronic hypersomnia. Additional research interests include the impact of sleep disturbance on chronic health conditions. His clinical interest is aimed at delivering empirically supported behavioral treatments to patients with sleep disorders, which complements and informs his clinical research. Dr. Ong is currently the president-elect of the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine.