March 26, 2010
Marquette General physician earns board certification in sleep medicine
Dr. Arthur Saari, of Marquette General Respiratory Medicine, has earned board certification in sleep medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Authur Saari
Board certification is the industry benchmark by which physician quality is measured and recognized. Board certification requires that physicians demonstrate the currency of their knowledge – and their ability to use it – by passing a rigorous and challenging examination and by assessing their knowledge and performance in practice on an ongoing basis. Those physicians who successfully complete the requirements and pass the board examinations have documented their commitment to the highest level of professionalism in patient care.
Sleep studies in the Marquette General Sleep Lab are used to diagnose problems of excessive fatigue, sleepiness, snoring or restless sleep. These studies are conducted with the aid of a polysomnograph, a machine that converts electrical impulses in the body into a graphical representation, which can help determine what happens as people sleep.
While they sleep, patients are monitored for brain wave patterns, eye movements, muscle tension, airflow and respiratory effort, oxygen levels and heartbeat. Dr. Saari interprets these graphical representations to determine what, if any, sleeping disorders may exist in patients. Then he decides how to treat any existing problems.
Also board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, Dr. Saari completed his fellowship and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass. He completed his internship at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass., and earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
For more information on sleep disorders, sleep hygiene and coping with shift work, please contact the Marquette General Sleep Lab at (906) 225-3565, or (800) 562-9753, ext. 3565.