Monday, July 20, 2009

Neurologist Named Associate Director of Loyola Sleep Center

MAYWOOD - Loyola University Health System welcomes Dr. Hrayr Attarian as associate director of the Loyola Center for Sleep Disorders.

Attarian was recruited from the University of Vermont, where he was director of the Vermont Regional Sleep Center. Under his direction, the center doubled the volume of patients seen in the outpatient clinic.

Attarian is board certified in neurology, sleep medicine and neurophysiology. He treats sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and "parasomnia" conditions such as sleepwalking, sleep-related hallucinations and dream-enacting behaviors. He also will see patients in Loyola's epilepsy clinic.

Attarian is conducting research on several sleep-related conditions, including daytime sleepiness among physicians, sleep disorders in multiple sclerosis patients and mild dementia-like symptoms in sleep apnea patients. Attarian also is studying whether clinically depressed patients sleep as much as they think they do.

Attarian is editor of Clinical Handbook of Insomnia and Sleep Disorders in Women: A Guide for Practical Management.

Attarian earned an M.D. degree from American University Beirut School of Medicine. He completed medicine and psychiatry internships and a neurology residency at State University of New York. He also has completed fellowships in sleep medicine, clinical neurophysiology and epileptology.

Attarian is an associate professor in the Departments of Neurology and Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He lives in Riverside with his wife, Diana.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.