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Alon Yosefian Avidan, MD, MPH

UCLA Physician Alon Yosefian  Avidan, MD, MPH specializes in Neurology, Sleep Medicine.
Specialty
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Language Spoken
English
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
State License Number
A67111
Contact
(310) 794-1195 Clinic Office
(310) 825-0703 Academic Office
Fax Number
(310) 794-7491 Clinic Office
(310) 825-6956 Academic Office
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Voted Super Doctor
PRACTICE LOCATION

UCLA Department of Neurology
Neurological Ambulatory Services
300 Medical Plaza, Suite B-200
Los Angeles, California, 90095-6975

MEDICAL BOARD CERTIFICATION
Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2007
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2001, 2011
EDUCATION
Fellowship
Clinical Neurophysiology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1998 - 1999
Residency
Neurology, Georgetown University Medical Center, 1995 - 1998
Internship
Internal Medicine -Pediatrics, Loma Linda University Medical Center, 1994 - 1995
Degree
MD, George Washington University School of Medicine, 1994
CLINICAL INTEREST
Sleep Disorders
AFFILIATION
IN THE NEWS
  • "Insomnia May Be Culprit In Nursing Home Falls by Elderly". (Senior Journal.com) Read more
  • Dr. Avidan, an Elsevier Author at SLEEP 2011. Watch YouTube video
  • MORE INFORMATION
    Research Interest
    Dr. Avidan's research interests are in the field of sleep disorders. His clinical interests include diagnosis and management of snoring, sleep apnea, management of insomnia, abnormal movements during the night, restless legs syndrome, circadian rhythm disorders, parasomnias and hypersomnia (narcolepsy).
    Additional Information

    Academic/Professional Titles

    • Professor of Neurology
    • Director, UCLA Sleep Disorders Center
    • Director, UCLA Neurology Clinic

    Dr. Avidan is Professor of Neurology at UCLA where he serves as Director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center and Director of the Neurology Clinic.

    He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UCLA and then attended Medical School at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences where he also obtained a Master of Public Health. He subsequently completed his neurology Residency at the Georgetown University Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. After residency, he completed a Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

    In 1999, Dr. Avidan joined the University of Michigan where he was Assistant Professor, Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and chair of resident education in the Department of Neurology.

    He moved to UCLA in July of 2006. His clinical interests include management of insomnia, sleep disordered breathing, restless legs syndrome, circadian rhythm disorders, geriatric sleep medicine and hypersomnia. 

    Awards & Recognition
    • Diplomate, American Boards of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Diplomate, American Boards of Sleep Medicine
    • Diplomate, Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties in the field of Sleep Medicine

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    Publications

    PEER REVIEWED

    1. Garrick T, Stephens R, Ishikawa T, Sierra A, Avidan A, Weiner H and Tache Y. “Medullary Sites for TRH Analogue Stimulation of Gastric Contractility in the Rat,” Am J Physiology 1989; 256:G1011-G1015.
    2. Venkatatesan N, Avidan A, and Davidson M. Antidiabetic Action of Vanadyl in Rats is Independent of in-vivo Insulin-Receptor Kinase Activity. Diabetes 1991;40(4):492-498.
    3. Avidan AY, Chervin RD, ESS.Com. Sleep Medicine, 2002; 3(5) 405-410.
    4. Chervin RD, Moyer CA, Palmisano J, Avidan AY, Robinson E, Garetz SL, Helman JI. Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Michigan: A Practice Pattern Survey; Sleep & Breathing 2003;7: 95-104.
    5. 5. Fleming WE, Avidan AY, Malow BA. Subclinical Rhythmic Electrographic Discharge of Adults (SREDA) in REM Sleep. Sleep Medicine 2004;5:77-81.
    6. Papp KK, Stoller EP, Sage P, Aikens J, Owens J, Avidan AY, Phillips B, Rosen R, Strohl KP. The effects of sleep loss and fatigue on resident--physicians: a multi-institutional, mixed-method study. Acad. Med. 2004;79(5):394-406.
    7. Avidan, AY, Fries, BE, James, ML, Szafara KL, Wright GT, Chervin, RD. Insomnia and Hypnotic Use as Predictors of Falls and Hip Fractures in Michigan Nursing Homes. JAGS. 2005;53:955-962.
    8. Avidan, AY. Abnormal eye movements during sleep. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2005; 1(4): 429-432.
    9. Kirsch DB, Avidan AY. Pregnancy associated with daytime sleepiness and nighttime restlessness. Sleep Med 2005;6:473-4.
    10. Avidan AY. The development of central sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Sleep Med 2006;7:85-6.
    11. 11. Teodorescu MC, Avidan AY, Teodorescu M, Davies, C. Sleep medicine content of major medical textbooks continues to be underrepresented. Sleep Med. Apr 2007;8(3):271-276.
    12. Avidan, AY. Clinical Neurology of Insomnia in Neurodegenerative and Other Disorders of Neurological Function. Rev Neurol Dis. 2007;4(1):21-34.

    PEER REVIEWED (SUBMITTED):

    1. Avidan, AY. Sarkey, S. Duan, J. Baran, R. Insomnia Medication Use and the Probability of an Accidental Event in an Older Adult Population. Sleep Submitted, 2009.
    2. Bliwise, D, Avidan AY, Boeve BF, Greer SA, Mercaldo ND, Kukull,WA. “Sleep Disturbance in Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Alzhiemers’s Disease: A Multi-Center Analysis. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, Submitted, 2009.
    3. Avidan, A. Palmer, L. Duan, J. Baran, R. Insomnia Medication Use and the Probability of an Accidental Event in a Commercial Population. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Submitted, 2009.
    4. Avidan A. Sleep Dove (Distant Online Virtual Education): The Making of a Sleep Medicine Online Teaching Module. In Preperation. 2010.

    NON-PEER REVIEWED:

    1. Avidan AY, Ancoli-Israel S. Sleep in the Elderly, AAN Syllabus, 2000.
    2. Avidan AY, Ancoli-Isreal S. Sleep in the Older Person, AAN Syllabus, 2001.
    3. Avidan AY, Zee, P. Sleep in the Older Person, AAN Syllabus, 2002
    4. Avidan AY, WebWatch. Sleep Medicine 2000;1: 337-338
    5. Avidan AY, WebWatch. Sleep Medicine 2001; 2:83-84.
    6. Bibliography: Robinson, E, Chervin RD, Garetz SL, Avidan, AY. An Introduction to Snoring and Sleep Apnea for Dental Practitioners. Journal of the Michigan Dental Association, 2001:32-58.
    7. Avidan AY, Sleep disorders in older adults. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports 2002; 2(2):178-185.
    8. Avidan AY, Narcolepsy, American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Course Syllabus, 2002.
    9. Avidan AY, Parasomnias, American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Course Syllabus, 2002.
    10. Avidan AY, Sleep Disorders in the Older Patient- Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Elderly Patient- Associated Professional Sleep Societies Syllabus 2002.
    11. Sateia MJ, Avidan AY, Tools for Sleep Medicine Education: The MED Sleep Site, Sleep Medicine 2002;3(4): 379-381.
    12. Zwetchkenbaum S, Avidan AY, Websites on Oral Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep Medicine, 2003; 4(1): 77-78
    13. Avidan AY, Zee, P. Sleep Disorders in the Older Patient, AAN Syllabus, 2003.
    14. Binns, L, Avidan AY, Websites on CPAP therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep Medicine, 2003: 357-358.
    15. Avidan, AY. Insomnia in the Geriatric Patient, Clinical Cornerstone, 2003;5(3): 51-58.
    16. Avidan, AY. Narcolepsy, American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Course Syllabus, 2004.
    17. Avidan, AY. Parasomnias, American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Course Syllabus, 2004.
    18. Avidan, AY. Sleep and Epilepsy, American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Course Syllabus, 2004.
    19. Avidan, AY. Sleep and Movement Disorders, Book Review, JAMA, 2004;291;1130-1140.
    20. Avidan AY. Introduction to sleep and its disorders. Seminar in Neurology. 2004;24(3):207-208.
    21. Avidan, AY. Sleep Disorders in the Geriatric Population. Seminar in Neurology. 2005;25(1):52-63.
    22. Clemons E, Kakkar R, Kirsch D, Teodorescu M, Avidan AY, Cases in Sleep Medicine, Seminars in Neurology. 2005;25(1):130-146.
    23. Avidan, A. Introduction to Clinical corners in sleep medicine. Sleep Medicine. 2005;6:80
    24. Avidan, AY, Restless Legs Syndrome, The 29th Annual Midwinter Family Practice Update Course Syllabus, February 2005.
    25. Avidan, AY, Sleep and Aging, The 29th Annual Midwinter Family Practice Update Course Syllabus, February 2005.
    26. Avidan, AY, Practical Approaches for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, The 29th Annual Midwinter Family Practice Update Course Syllabus, February 2005.
    27. Harrington, J. Avidan, AY. Treatment of Sleep Disorders in the Elderly. Current Treatment Options in Neurology, 2005; 7(5):339-352.
    28. Avidan AY. Sleep Medicine Cases for the Neurologist, Motor Disorders of Sleep and Sleep Disordered Breathing, AAN Syllabus, 2006
    29. Avidan, AY. Narcolepsy: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and testing. American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Board Review, Course Syllabus, ACCP, Northbrook, IL, 2006.
    30. Avidan, AY. Narcolepsy& Idiopathic Hypersomnia: Diagnosis and Treatment. American College of Chest Physicians Sleep Medicine Board Review, Course Syllabus, ACCP, Northbrook, IL, 2006.

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