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Sleep Disorders

The Sleep Surgery Division within the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Otolaryngology is at the forefront of pioneering research aimed at addressing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a prevalent disorder affecting millions worldwide. Our Division Head, Dr. Ryan Soose was instrumental in leading the STAR trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014 which was instrumental in gaining FDA approval for the Inspire Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator System. 

Our physician-scientists are delving into innovative approaches to optimize patient selection and refine surgical techniques for patients of all ages, with the overarching goal of improving patient results. By leveraging advanced imaging modalities and patient-specific data, the division aims to tailor obstructive sleep apnea therapy to individual anatomical and physiological factors, thereby maximizing treatment efficacy. Moreover, ongoing investigations into patient selection using sleep endoscopy and sleep study endotyping aim to identify subgroups of OSA patients who would benefit most from specific interventions. These multifaceted research endeavors underscore the division's commitment to advancing the understanding and management of sleep apnea, ultimately improving patient outcomes and quality of life.