Our Program

Founded in 2002 under the directorship of Steven M. Scharf M.D., Ph.D., the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center is fully accredited as a full-service center by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Scharf is a professor of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and sleep. The Sleep Medicine Fellowship program is fully accredited by the RRC. Its director is Dr. Montserrat Diaz-Abad, an assistant professor of medicine and board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

The sleep disorders center is multidisciplinary, operating with input from all of the requisite fields. The center maintains an eight bed full-service sleep laboratory consisting of six adult and two pediatric beds. Our center sees the entire gamut of sleep disorders, including sleep related breathing disorders, insomnias, sleep related movement disorders and sleep related behavioral disorders. On staff, we currently have three full-time pulmonologists, one full-time internist, one full-time clinical psychologist, one part-time psychiatrist, one full-time nurse practitioner, one full-time sleep dentist, and several part-time associated faculty including neurologists, pulmonologists, otolaryngologists, oral surgeons, bariatric surgeons, and a pediatric pulmonologist.

Over 1500 laboratory sleep studies are performed each year, and approximately 1000 new consultations are scheduled in our outpatient clinic. Our clinica and laboratory8 facilities are located at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Midtown Campus, located approximately 1 mile from University of Maryland Medical Center. This is also the site for an important sleep laboratory rotation. Sleep Medicine fellows also spend clinical time in other facilities. The Baltimore Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, located across the street from UMMC, has a sleep medicine program. The outpatient clinic serves veterans who suffer from a variety of sleep disorders and offers exposure to this patient population and their specific sleep problems. Inpatient consultations are also done at UMMC and the VA Medical Center.

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the University of Maryland

General Description: The sleep medicine fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited training program which fulfills the training requirement for board certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Sleep Disorders. While administratively based in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Maryland, this fellowship is opened to applicants from all of the allowable medical specialties.