Gold Standard Panel

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has assembled a team of sleep scorers from different backgrounds in sleep, each with extensive experience in sleep record scoring and review. The AASM Gold Standard for scoring is based on a consensus formed by the Gold Standard Panel.
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Scott G. Williams, MD

Scott G. Williams, MD, is a Professional Education Development Consultant for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, psychiatry and sleep medicine and currently serves as the Director for Medicine at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. He has previously served as chief and medical director of sleep medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and chief of sleep medicine at the Womack Army Medical Center. He is an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences and has served as chair of the AASM technologist and respiratory therapist education committee. He is active in research, specifically focused on sleep disorders in the military population.

Mark A. McCarthy, MD

Mark A. McCarthy, MD completed his graduate and fellowship training at Tulane University in New Orleans. He currently practices Sleep Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of the Delgado Community College CAAHEP Accredited Polysomnography Program as well as an AASM Accredited Sleep Center. Dr. McCarthy has long been involved in education and has been an active member of the Louisiana Academy of Sleep Medicine, previously serving as its President and currently serving as its Treasurer. Dr. McCarthy is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has practiced sleep medicine since 1998.

Michael J. Zachek, MD

Michael J. Zachek, MD is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine as well as sleep medicine and has been working in the field of sleep for more than two decades. He is the medical director of three accredited sleep centers and his AASM functions include being a site visitor for both center and DME certification as well as serving as a gold standard scorer. He believes that developing a national consensus regarding the scoring of polysomnography is vital for improving sleep research and patient care.

Faye Burnette, RRT, RPSGT

Faye Burnette, RRT, RPSGT is the supervisor of the Sleep Disorders Center at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC. She has 35 years of experience in healthcare beginning as a cardiology technician then to a respiratory therapist and finally moving to a full-time sleep technology position 15 years ago. She received her AAS in Respiratory Therapy from Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC and attended the University of North Carolina. She has been involved in sleep technology since 1995. Presently, she is the Supervisor of the Sleep Disorders Lab at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC.

Claude Albertario, RST, RPSGT

Claude Albertario, RST, RPSGT is Sleep Lab Specialist at the Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Sleep Center. He received his undergraduate training in Psychobiology at SUNY College at Purchase. Albertario began his career in Sleep Medicine in 1984 at Dr. Elliot Weitzman’s Institute of Chronobiology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Albertario obtained his RPSGT credential in 1990 (474), and received the RST credential in 2011 (#100). As an early advocate of digital recording methods, Albertario spearheaded an effort at the Winthrop University Hospital to become the first accredited, paperless sleep center in the world. He helped form the New York State Society of Sleep Medicine in 1998, helping to codify polysomnography into NYS law. His research interests revolve around his invention, z-ratio, (z-eeg.com) a unified metric of sleep/wake, and has delivered national and international presentations. He has previously served on the AASM Scoring Manual Committee (ver 2.5.) Albertario serves on both the Adult and Pediatric ISR panels as well as on the ABSM RST Exam Development Committee. Albertario has sleep apnea, for which he successfully manages with CPAP.

Brian D. Robertson, MD, FAAP

Brian D. Robertson, MD, FAAP, is board certified in pediatrics, allergy/immunology, and sleep medicine. He currently serves as the chief of sleep medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD) and directs the pediatric sleep medicine section of the Walter Reed sleep medicine fellowship. He is the primary instructor for polysomnography in this fellowship. Dr. Robertson is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is active in research in both allergy/immunology and sleep medicine, focusing on the relationship between allergic diseases and sleep disorders.

Anuja Bandyopadhyay, MD, MBBS, FAAP

Dr. Anuja Bandyopadhyay is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Medical College, Kolkata, India and completed pediatric residency at Case Western Reserve University (Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH), pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine (Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis, IN) and Sleep medicine fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Bandyopadhyay is a board certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep physician with a strong interest in clinical research on pediatric sleep disordered breathing and infant lung development. She has authored publications on sleep study driven protocols for decannulation of children with tracheostomy and neurodevelopmental outcomes of sleep apnea in infants. She serves as an associate editor in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (REM section). She advocates for standardization of pediatric sleep medicine practice across the world and serves on various committees including International Members Task Force Committee (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) and Pediatrics International Relations Working Group (American Thoracic Society).

Ameet S. Daftary, MD, MS, FAASM

Ameet S. Daftary, MD, MS, FAASM, is a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician, who is the director of the Pediatric Sleep Medicine program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Dr. Daftary has practiced pediatric sleep medicine for 10 years and oversees a 16-bed pediatric sleep lab performing more than 3000 pediatric polysomnograms per year. He received his medical degree from the University of Bombay, India, and completed his pediatric pulmonology fellowship from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Daftary completed his sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Utah. His research interest is in the epidemiology of pediatric sleep disorders and clinical interest is in pediatric sleep-disordered breathing as well as non-invasive ventilation.

Claude Albertario, RST, RPSGT

Claude Albertario, RST, RPSGT is Sleep Lab Specialist at the Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Sleep Center. He received his undergraduate training in Psychobiology at SUNY College at Purchase. Albertario began his career in Sleep Medicine in 1984 at Dr. Elliot Weitzman’s Institute of Chronobiology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Albertario obtained his RPSGT credential in 1990 (474), and received the RST credential in 2011 (#100). As an early advocate of digital recording methods, Albertario spearheaded an effort at the Winthrop University Hospital to become the first accredited, paperless sleep center in the world. He helped form the New York State Society of Sleep Medicine in 1998, helping to codify polysomnography into NYS law. His research interests revolve around his invention, z-ratio, (z-eeg.com) a unified metric of sleep/wake, and has delivered national and international presentations. He has previously served on the AASM Scoring Manual Committee (ver 2.5.) Albertario serves on both the Adult and Pediatric ISR panels as well as on the ABSM RST Exam Development Committee. Albertario has sleep apnea, for which he successfully manages with CPAP.

Matthew Balog, MPH, CCSH, RPSGT

Matthew J. Balog, MPH, CCSH, RPSGT, is a pediatric clinical sleep educator at Advocate Aurora Health (Park Ridge, IL). He holds a master’s in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and an undergraduate degree in chemistry and history. Balog currently serves as a board member for the Illinois Sleep Society and adjunct faculty for Moraine Valley Community College’s Sleep Technology Program where he teaches a course in pediatric sleep. His career in sleep medicine started in 2005, and he has been solely focused on pediatrics since 2010.