Eric J. Kezirian, MD, MPH, began his term as the 2nd President of the International Surgical Sleep Society (ISSS) on April 1, 2015. “It is an honor to lead the ISSS, the preeminent organization dedicated to the surgical evaluation and treatment of patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, and I am excited to bring our scientific meeting to Los Angeles and USC in 2017,” said Dr. Kezirian.

Dr. Kezirian is professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). He is an internationally-renowned sleep surgeon with a special interest in innovative surgical evaluation techniques and procedures, including the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy. He is board-certified in otolaryngology and sleep medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is currently associate editor for sleep medicine of the journal Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Kezirian has also been named to the Best Doctors and Healthgrades lists multiple times.

His research focuses on clinical epidemiology and outcomes research in sleep surgery. He has led international studies examining treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with hypoglossal nerve stimulation and techniques for surgical procedure selection, including drug-induced sleep endoscopy. He has received numerous research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other foundations, and he has published more than 65 manuscripts, book chapters and reviews.

Dr. Kezirian received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Washington and sleep surgery fellowship at Stanford University.

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