Satellite sleep disorders center thrives in San Francisco
San Francisco sleep disorder patients are finding a Stanford Sleep Disorders Center conveniently located at the site of the original Stanford medical school.
Since Stanford took over the clinic at 2340 Clay Street in May 1996, 450 patient studies have been conducted, said Bruce T. Adornato, medical director. In the first full fiscal year that the clinic was operated by Stanford, patient census increased by 21 percent over the previous year, Adornato said.
The facility was co-founded by Adornato in 1986 and operated from 1987 to 1992 by California Pacific Medical Center.
The facility currently operates as a satellite of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic, directed by William Dement, the Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Adornato said patients in northern San Mateo County, as well as in San Francisco and the North Bay, needed services from Stanford's renowned sleep disorders clinic, but they wanted their care - including those requiring overnight monitoring - closer to home. Nevertheless, patients requiring specialized studies continue to be referred to the main clinic in Palo Alto, Adornato said.
Adornato sees some irony in the location of the Stanford clinic on the same campus as the original Stanford medical school, [which moved to the main campus in 1959]. "In some ways old Stanford meets new Stanford," he said.
In addition to Adornato, a neurologist, an internist and a sleep disorders medicine specialist, who also practices neurology in Palo Alto, the center is staffed by three other physician sleep specialists. They are Christopher Brown, a pulmonologist who also serves as director of Intensive Care Services at CPMC; Clete Kushida, a Stanford staff neurologist with research interests in upper airway obstruction; and Rowena Korobkin, a Stanford pediatric neurologist. Kushida, who is an active medical school researcher, as well as Brown and Adornato, are board-certified in their specialties, as well as in sleep disorders medicine. Korobkin is board-certified in pediatric neurology.
Services are offered for both adult and pediatric patients and include treatment for sleep apnea, insomnia, shift-work disorders, and less common maladies such as sleep walking and periodic leg movements in sleep.
The most common tests include overnight polysomnograph studies in the center, and portable monitoring units that patients can take home, as well as titration for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, said Terri Quinonez, chief technologist.
For information or to make a referral, call (415) 923-3336.
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