Alon Y. Avidan

Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH

Neurology| Sleep Medicine
Primary Location
Westwood Neurology
300 Medical Plaza
B200
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone
Fax
310-794-7491

About

Alon Y. Avidan MD, MPH
Director, UCLA Sleep Disorders Center
Professor, UCLA Department of Neurology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


He completed his Neurology Residency at the Georgetown University Medical Center. After residency, he completed fellowship training in Sleep Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He was Principal Investigator of a National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, NIH, Sleep Academic Award. He has published over 100 chapters, letters to the editor, peer reviewed articles and edited five textbooks in sleep medicine. His research focus includes the impact and prognostic implications of sleep disturbance on underlying neurologic disorders. He enjoys educating physicians and the public about sleep disorders and has recently received the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) 2014 Excellence in Education Award.

Education

Medical Board Certifications

Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2007
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2001

Fellowship

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1999

Residency

Georgetown University Medical Center, 1998

Internship

Loma Linda University Medical Center, 1995

Degree

George Washington University School of Medicine, MD, 1994

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Videos

Research

Interests

  • Parasomnias
  • REM sleep behavior disorder

Publications

Link to complete list of 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 Alzheimer’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 Preparation. 2010.

Non-Peer Reviewed:

  1. Avidan AY, Ancoli-Israel S. Sleep in the Elderly, AAN Syllabus, 2000.
  2. Avidan AY, Ancoli-Israel 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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Awards

  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2018
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) 2014 Excellence in Education Award
  • 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