Jeffrey Durmer, MD, PhD, D.ABSM, D.ABPN

Chief Medical Officer
Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physician

Jeffrey Durmer, MD, PhD, D.ABSM

Dr. Jeffrey Durmer is a co-founder of FusionSleep® and FusionHealth® and serves as Chief Medical Officer. He is responsible for all patient care and medical decision making in the Sleep Medicine Programs. Dr. Durmer directs the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, the Sleep4Safety® Medical Programs, the FusionSleep® Sleep Center, the FusionHealth® clinical research program, and he evaluates patients in all FusionSleep® locations.

Dr. Durmer is one of the nation’s leading experts in Sleep Medicine. He is board certified in Sleep Medicine by both the American Board of Sleep Medicine (D.ABSM) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (D.ABP&N, Sleep Medcine), as well as in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (D.ABP&N). In addition he holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Durmer serves the Federal Aviation Administration as an appointed expert for sleep medicine, fatigue and policies related to these areas. He served six years as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Restless Legs Foundation and participates on the International Restless Leg Syndrome Study Group to develop standards for diagnosis and treatment for children and adults. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Healthy Trucking Association of America and holds an appointment as adjunct Professor at Georgia State University, Department of Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Durmer directed the Emory University Sleep Laboratory and Egleston Children’s Hospital Sleep Medicine program prior to his current role as the Chief Medical Officer of FusionSleep® and FusionHealth®.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Durmer has studied the basic neuroscientific systems involved in arousal, alerting and sleep regulation in animals and humans. His work in phenotype analysis of Restless Legs Syndrome in children and adults with co-morbid conditions such as ADHD, iron deficiency and other neurological disorders resulted in the development of the first pediatric RLS standardized clinical interview tool for clinical research. He also directs clinical and translational research projects at FusionSleep® and FusionHealth® focused on delivering novel interventions for sleep apnea, RLS, sleep disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease and insomnia. In addition, he collaborates with researchers from many different fields including neuroscience, neurology, pediatrics, circadian biology, biotechnology and computational sciences.

Dr. Durmer has authored numerous book chapters, articles and abstracts on topics ranging from pediatrics and sleep disorders to geriatrics and neuro-otology. He serves as a reviewer for multiple international medical journals and is a regular lecturer on adult and pediatric sleep disorders, the impact of sleep on healthcare and economics, and innovative technology-enabled healthcare delivery models.

Executive Roles

  • Member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation (RLS)
  • Member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Healthy Trucking of America Association (HTAA)
  • Clinical science consultant and investigator with multiple pharmaceutical companies.
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA
  • Past Assistant Professor, Emory University, Atlanta GA (2003 – 2006)
  • Past Director of the Emory Sleep Laboratory and the Pediatric & Adolescent Sleep Medicine Program.
  • Grants & Publications
  • RLS Foundation funding to study genotype- phenotype relationships of RLS, ADHD, and iron deficiency.
  • Authored an extensive list of papers and book chapters.
  • Received multiple training grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Education

  • Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
  • Adult & Pediatric Neurology and sleep fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Board Certified in Neurology & Psychiatry (ABP&N)
  • Board Certified in Adult and Pediatric Sleep Medicine (ABSM)

Papers

Durmer JS and Chervin R. Pediatric Sleep Medicine. AAN Continuum Series (in preparation) Durmer JS: Monitoring PLM in Children. Sleep Review, 6(4):49-51, 2005

Durmer JS and Dinges DW.: Neurocognitive consequences of sleep deprivation. Seminars in Neurology, 25:(1) 117-129, 2005.

Durmer JS and Rosenquist AC.: Ibotenic acid lesions in the pedunculopontine region result in recovery of visual orienting in the hemianopic cat. Neuroscience, 106:(4) 765-781, 2001.

Rosenquist AC, Ciaramitaro VM, Durmer JS, Wallace SF, Todd WE.: Ibotenic acid lesions of the superior colliculus produce longer lasting deficits in visual orienting behavior than aspiration lesions in the cat. Progress in Brain Research, 112:117-130, 1996.

Book Chapters

Durmer JS. Restless Legs Syndrome, in Ferri’s Clinical Advisor. FF Ferri, Ed. Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, PA., 2004-2006.

Durmer JS. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, in Ferri’s Clinical Advisor. FF Ferri, Ed. Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, PA., 2004-2006. Durmer JS. Narcolepsy, in Ferri’s Clinical Advisor. FF Ferri, Ed. Elsevier Mosby, Philadelphia, PA., 2004-2006.

Durmer JS, and Solomon D. Dizziness and vertigo in the older adult, in Clinical Neurology of the Older Adult. JS Sirven and BL Malamut, Eds. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA., 2002

Abstracts

2004 Associated Professional Sleep Societies, 18:251 Ambulatory measurement of periodic leg movements in children with and without restless legs symptoms. Durmer JS, Bliwise DL, Rye DB.

1996 Society for Neuroscience, 26:252.6 Small volume retrograde tracer injections into the superior colliculus of the cat reveal an anatomical substrate for recovery of visual orientation response in the hemianopic cat. Durmer JS & Rosenquist AC.

1995 Society for Neuroscience, 25:265.14 Visual orienting responses in the hemianopic visual field of the cortically blind cat can be restored by site-specific GABA-ergic disinhibition of the superior colliculus. Ciaramitaro V, Durmer JS, Todd WE, & Rosenquist AC.

1994 Society for Neuroscience, 24:485.16 Ibotenic acid lesions of the pedunculopontine nucleus restore visual orienting responses in the previously hemianopic visual field of the cortically blind cat. Durmer JS, Ciaramitaro V, Todd WE, & Rosenquist AC.

1994 Society for Neuroscience, 24:485.14 GABAa mediated disinhibition of the superior colliculus restores visual orienting responses in the previously hemianopic visual field of the cortically blind cat. Ciaramitaro V, Durmer JS, Todd WE, & Rosenquist AC.

Invited Manuscripts

2005 RLS Foundation Medical Bulletin / Children and RLS (See www.rls.org).