Sleep Disorders Center
The LeBonheur Pediatric & Adolescent Sleep Disorders Center was established in 1994 to help newborns, children, and teens get the sleep they need. We provide clinical services to children to are referred to any one of the several specialists that are members of our multi-disciplinary team. All of the specialists and technicians who work with our Center are committed to pediatric patients, and bring a kid-friendly and family-centered approach to evaluating and managing sleep problems. Robert A. Schoumacher, MD is a board-certified specialist in Sleep Medicine and serves as the Medical Director. He works with many of the Pediatric Neurologists, Pediatric Otolaryngologists and Pediatric Pulmonologists in Memphis to provide the appropriate level of evaluation and service to each patient. He also has his own clinic for children with Sleep Disorders every Tuesday.
Pediatric specialists in Neurology, Otolaryngology and Pulmonology that register as Consultants with our Sleep Center get support and education on the latest information about Sleep Disorders in Children. They have access to all of the services of the Center, including Polysomnography, Actigraphy, Multiple Sleep Latency Testing and Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing. The history and physical information they collect helps to inform Dr. Schoumacher’s interpretations of any studies performed at the Center. Reports are made to those specialists to share with the patients and families, and copies are provided to the primary care physicians.
The Center performs over 800 studies per year, and the Sleep Clinic follows a large number of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Narcolepsy and Insomnia. The Center has a large group of patients using CPAP and BiPAP to manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and assists the Pulmonologists who are managing various diseases with respiratory assistance by BiPAP or invasive mechanical ventilation.
A current goal of the Center is to establish a Sleep Medicine Fellowship, coordinated with the Sleep Medicine Program for adults at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, to help train the next generation of Sleep specialists to serve our patients.