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.