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Robson Capasso, MD, FAASM

Robson Capasso is currently the Director of Sleep Surgery and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

His quite extensive and unique training includes medical school and otolaryngology residency in Brazil, and further residencies and fellowships in head and neck and microvascular surgery, neurosciences and sleep medicine.

Dr. Capasso has published and reviewed book chapters, articles and original papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has been an investigator on diagnostic evaluation, and surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea patients. The global recognition of his work is often associated with one of his favorite tasks: lecturing and trading knowledge around the world.

His contact with diverse healthcare systems in several countries combined with his expertise in education led to involvement with Stanford University students interested in the development of new biomedical technologies to target the complex task of improving sleep apnea evaluation and treatment.


Stanley Yung Liu, MD, DDS

Robson Capasso is currently the Director of Sleep Surgery and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

His quite extensive and unique training includes medical school and otolaryngology residency in Brazil, and further residencies and fellowships in head and neck and microvascular surgery, neurosciences and sleep medicine.

Dr. Capasso has published and reviewed book chapters, articles and original papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has been an investigator on diagnostic evaluation, and surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea patients. The global recognition of his work is often associated with one of his favorite tasks: lecturing and trading knowledge around the world.

His contact with diverse healthcare systems in several countries combined with his expertise in education led to involvement with Stanford University students interested in the development of new biomedical technologies to target the complex task of improving sleep apnea evaluation and treatment.


Robert W. Riley, MD, MS, DDS

Robert W. Riley is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Riley's education and training includes a dental degree and graduate degree (MS Pharmacology) from the University of California San Francisco. A medical degree was obtained from the University of Alabama. An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency was completed at the University of California Los Angeles and Harbor General Hospital. An Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency was completed at Stanford University.

Dr Riley and his partner, Dr Nelson Powell, were the innovators of many of the surgical procedures used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. They were the first to describe and publish the following: Cephalometric Analysis: A new method to image the airway, Mandibular Osteotomy with Genioglossus Advancement, Hyoid Myotomy and Suspension, Maxillary and Mandibular Osteotomy, The Uvulopalatal Flap: an alternative to Uvulopalatalpharyngoplasty, Cranial Bone Graft: a new method of harvest in Maxillofacial Surgery, and Radiofrequency Reduction: a new method to treat breathing and sleep apnea.

Dr Riley has published almost 100 scientific articles and medical texts. He continues to treat patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea utilizing his 30 years of experience.