The LSU Health Shreveport Sleep Disorders Center in Shreveport has been continually accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1985, and is the sponsoring institution for the fellowship program. Fellowship experience touches many aspects of polysomnography and studies to assess daytime sleepiness, including scoring raw data, interpretation, and report writing. A broad spectrum of patients are cared for at this campus, including children, women, and elderly patients. Sleep fellows participate in a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic activities, including In-hospital Portable Out-of-Center Sleep Testing (OCST), Home Sleep testing, Actigraphy. Fellows participate in weekly CPAP-Follow-Up Clinic to assure continuity of care for patients with Sleep-disordered breathing.



The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is also home to a completely updated state of the art digital polysomnography system. In addition, in this part of the program, fellows gain more experience working with many different diagnostic modalities, including OCST and Sleep Tele-Medicine. Fellows also participate directly in positive airway pressure device therapy initiation and compliance sessions, working closely with respiratory technician staff to improve adherence to therapy.

The training in this fellowship program emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of sleep medicine, exploring aspects of behavioral psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, the interface between medical disorders and healthy sleep patterns, as well as the societal impact of disturbed sleep. Fellows participate in monthly activities such as Sleep Medicine Journal Club, AASM Guidelines and Parameters Club. Fellows will also gain experience with a systems based medical practice by actively participating in clinical process improvement, as well as with hospital committees.

The fellowship program is operated under the Department of Neurology and fulfills the requirements for board eligibility for the American Board of Medical Specialties board certification exam in Sleep Medicine. This fellowship program is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Founded by Medical School Dean Emeritus Dr. Andrew Chesson and nationally accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1985, the Center provides integrated multidisciplinary care in sleep medicine, operates a nationally accredited program for training physicians in the practice of sleep medicine, and conducts research to discover new knowledge about sleep disorders.


  1. Sleep for Stroke Management and Recovery Trial (Sleep SMART). Sleep SMART is a phase 3 multi-site, parallel-group superiority trial with a prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded-endpoint (PROBE) design. The primary goals of this study are to determine whether treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with positive airway pressure started shortly after acute ischemic stroke or high risk TIA (1) reduces recurrent stroke, acute coronary syndrome, and all-cause mortality during 6 months after the event, and (2) improves stroke outcomes at 3 months in patients who experienced an ischemic stroke. The 5-year study includes two trials: a prevention study with an embedded recovery trial. Sleep SMART aims to randomize 3,062 subjects at 110 sites within StrokeNet , an NINDS-funded clinical trials network. 
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    StrokeNet Sleep SMART website:
  2. Innovative Acute Inpatient Sleep Medicine project
  3. LSU SLEEP and PTSD project
  4. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Animal model project


Fellows are encouraged to engage in scholarly activity, and faculty assistance with research projects is provided. Fellows participate in monthly QI projects/Research Club to develop research and quality improvement skills. It is customary for fellows and faculty to attend APSS/SLEEP, the annual Sleep Medicine academic conference in June, where abstracts, case reports and posters can be presented.

Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Department of Neurology