Ross University School of Medicine Alumnus Receives Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy Award


August 11, 2009 (North Brunswick, NJ)—Dr. Alejandro Chediak ’81 received the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s (AASM) Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy Award for 2009.

Dr. Chediak is a past-president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine who served on the board of directors from 2004 to 2009.  He has been active in the AASM since becoming a member in 1989, most recently serving as board liaison to the Accreditation Committee and as the AASM alternate delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates. He also has held numerous leadership positions in other professional societies and organizations, serving as president of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, on the board of directors of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, as treasurer of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and as president of the Florida Sleep Medicine Society.

A strong proponent of evidence-based healthcare delivery systems that enhance effectiveness and safety, Dr. Chediak led the initiative to make AASM accreditation and board certification in sleep medicine preconditions for the reimbursement of continuous positive airway pressure therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. Under his leadership, the AASM partnered with allied medical societies, advised national government agencies, and worked closely with regional Medicare offices to successfully define and shape local coverage determination policies related to the diagnostic use of unattended portable monitoring. These efforts promoted the recognition, at both the local and national level, that disease management of sleep-related disorders by properly trained physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine is essential for the delivery of optimal patient care.  

Dr. Chediak is currently chief of the Sleep Disorders Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, medical director of the Miami Sleep Disorders Center in South Miami, and associate professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He also served as chief of the sleep medicine fellowship training program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City from 1989 to 2007.

Dr. Chediak’s other accomplishments include completing a residency in internal medicine at the Louisiana State University Medical Center and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital. He first earned board certification in sleep medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine in 1990.

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Located in Dominica, West Indies, the School of Medicine places more students into U.S. residencies than any other medical school in the world and has clinical education centers in Miami, FL, Saginaw, MI, and Freeport, Grand Bahama. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.


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