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Richard Knudsen, MD, FAASM

Over 35 years in clinical practice

  • Board Certification: Sleep Medicine, Adult and Child Neurology, Epilepsy
  • Clinical Focus: Sleep Medicine with aspecial focus on narcolepsy and sleep problems in neurological disorders
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
Residencies and Fellowships:
  • Pediatrics: University of California, Irvine
  • Adult and Child Neurology: University of Cincinnati
  • Pediatric Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Pittsburgh
Leadership Experience:
  • Section Chair, Narcolepsy, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Expert Reviewer, California Medical Board
  • Board Member, California Neurology Society
  • Multiple medical advisory boards
Research Experience and Publications:
  • Multiple contributions to Sleep Medicine and Neurology Journals
  • Annual presentations at California Neurology Society Meetings
  • Multiple oral presentations at Associated Professional Sleep Society Meetings
Honors and Distinctions:
  • Santa Barbara Foundation Medical Scholarship
  • B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation Medical Scholarship (UCLA)
  • Graduation with Highest Honors, University of California at Davis
Other Interests: spending time with family, outdoor sports including bicycling, hiking and skiing, gourmet cooking, photography, travel
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News & Updates

sleep apnea and insomnia patient

Will Sleep Apnea Cause Insomnia?

Everyone has trouble sleeping at some point in their life. A late-afternoon latte, an overly indulgent dinner or nerves about an upcoming work milestone can keep you up into the wee hours of the night. The next day may not be one of your best –- you might be irritable, exhausted and unfocused — but…

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What is a Split Night Sleep Study and why would I need one?

When you are scheduled to undergo a sleep study, you may not realize that there is more than one kind of sleep study. Aside from the home sleep apnea test (HSAT)which you may have already experienced there are three main in-lab, overnight sleep tests you might encounter. Many people start with an overnight or nocturnal…

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Sleep Apnea Raises Your Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death: Get the Facts

You may have heard of sleep apnea, but do you really know what it is? Far from a harmless sleep disorder that keeps you from a sound night’s rest, sleep apnea can lead to serious health complications, including sudden cardiac death. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.…

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