Board-Certified Sleep Medicine Physician
As the captain of the sleep team, a board-certified sleep medicine physician has all the skills necessary to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. Each sleep specialist has received special training that can prevent serious life-threatening diseases and improve your quality of life. Board certification shows a level of dedication and understanding of the field of sleep medicine. A board-certified sleep medicine physician is the medical professional with the proper training to diagnose the full breadth of sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep technologists assist in the evaluation and follow-up care of patients with sleep disorders. Sleep technologists interact directly with patients by assisting the board-certified sleep medicine physician with diagnostic tests at sleep centers. This may include in-lab polysomnographic sleep studies, multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT) and the maintenance of wakefulness testing (MWT). Sleep technologists also score sleep tests prior to the physicians interpretation, and assist patients with their home sleep tests. Each sleep technologist has completed special training and obtained certification from a credentialing body such as the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
Cecilia Santos, M.D.
Dr. Santos attended McGill University in Canada for her undergraduate degree. She received her medical degree from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines. She is board-certified in sleep medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Santos practiced internal medicine and sleep medicine in Oneonta, N.Y., before moving to Richmond, Va., with her family and joining Bon Secours Sleep Disorders Centers.
Naim S. Bashir, M.D.
Dr. Bashir is board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is also a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist. His sleep training was performed at New Mexico Center for Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque. His post-graduate training also included: Pediatrics, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn; Pediatric Pulmonology, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, New York, N.Y.; and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Bashir practiced as a pediatric pulmonologist in Richmond prior to joining Bon Secours Sleep Centers as a sleep medicine specialist in 2010.