Current Positions:

Founding Director, Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates (CSMA)
Houston Medical Center, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas
+1 888-503-2762

Founding Director, The Sleep Education Consortium, Inc. (501 (c) 3 non-profit) (SEC)
2201 W Holcombe BLVD # 325 Houston, TX 77030
281-269-7881

Previous Positions:

Founding Director, Sadler Clinic Sleep Disorders Center (SCSDC),
The Woodlands, Texas
1999 - 2012

Founding Director, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
Sugar Land, TX (previously the Fort Bend Memorial Hermann Hospital Sleep Disorders center)
2002-2008

Co-Director, UCLA Sleep Disorders Center
Los Angeles
1994-1999

Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, UCLA / Olive View Medical Center
Sylmar, CA
1994-1999

Co-Founder & Director, New Millennium Diagnostics
Orange County, CA
1997 - 2007

Co-Founder & Director, Home Sleep Diagnostics,
Los Angeles CA, 1994 – 1997

Current Board Certified Certifications:

American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology - 1995
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - 1993
American Board of Sleep Medicine - 1993

Fellowship Training:

Sleep Disorders Medicine,
Stanford University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Stanford, CA, 1992;

Neurophysiology and Epilepsy
University of California, Davis Department of Neurology, Sacramento, CA, 1993

Residency:

Neurology
Washington University, Barnes Hospital St. Louis, MO, 1990

Internship:

Internal Medicine
Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1987

Medical School:

The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, Ohio, 1986

Director and lecturer for the following Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences:

Problem Based Sleep Medicine Course for the Primary Care Practitioner: Establishing a Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Plan, Sleep Education Consortium’s (SEC) annual outreach education program with conferences held in Houston, TX: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The Growing Role of the Dentist in Sleep Disorders Medicine:
Integrating the Dentist into the Medical Treatment Team, Sleep Education Consortium’s (SEC) annual outreach education program with conferences held in Houston, TX: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

An Update on Sleep Disorders Medicine for the New Millennium
November 2000, Houston, TX

An Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Headaches for the New Millennium
March 2001, Houston, TX

Trained the following Fellows at UCLA from 7/94 to 4/99:

7/97 - 4/99 Tomoko Nakawatase, M.D.: Sleep Disorders Medicine (Neurology)
1/97 - 6/98 Muhammad Alim, M.D.: Sleep Disorders Medicine (Pulmonary)
8/96 - 6/97 Mark Agostini, M.D.: Sleep Disorders Medicine (Neurology)
7/95 - 6/97 Christopher Mann, PhD: Sleep Disorders Medicine (Psychology)
7/96 - 6/97 Sanjay Banerji, M.D.: Clinical Neurophysiology (Neurology)
4/95 - 6/96 Robert Lebby, M.D.: Sleep Disorders Medicine (Pulmonary)
7/95 - 6/96 Najeeb Zuberi, M.D.: Clinical Neurophysiology (Neurology)
7/94 - 6/95 Nancy Lamb, M.D.: Clinical Neurophysiology (Neurology)

Speakers Bureau activities from 1994 to 2009 for the following pharmaceutical companies:

Sanofi-aventis U.S.
GlaxoSmithKline
Boehringer Ingelheim
Cephalon
Teva*
Jazz*
King Pharmaceuticals
G. D. Searle
Orphan Medical

*CURRENT

Sponsored lectures on the following topics:

Insomnia
Narcolepsy
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Epilepsy
Parkinson’s disease
Headaches
Shift-work sleep disorder (SWD)

International, National and Regional Presentations (abbreviated list):

Dental problems affecting the airway cause several medical conditions but often go undiagnosed by many doctors, February 26 2013, Houston: Greater Houston Dental Society

Don’t Let Snoring Break Your Heart, Community-based lecture May 10th 2011, Sugar Land, TX

 Airway Protection: The Missing Link between Nocturnal Bruxism and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, June 2009, Seattle; Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) annual conference

Treatment of REM Behavior Disorder with Acetyl cholinesterase Inhibitors, June 2009, Seattle; Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) annual conference

 Nocturnal Bruxism as a Protective Mechanism Against Obstructive Breathing During Sleep,  June 2008,   Baltimore; Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) annual conference

Physiology of the Airway and Development, Nov. 5, 2010, Annual Meeting, Dallas TX; OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry

Low Normal Ferritin Levels as a Marker of Patients with RLS who may respond to Iron Therapy: A Re-evaluation of the normal range of Ferritin, June 2000 Las Vegas; Associated Professional Sleep Societies 14th Annual Meeting.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in conjunction with NPSG testing may not provide a reliable indicator of arousals from sleep but can enhance the identification of cardiac disease. Siltanzadeh, R., June 2000, Las Vegas; 14th Annual Meeting Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Formulating a Differential Diagnosis and the Role of Diagnostic Testing for Patients with a Sleep Complaint, and  Non-Surgical Treatments for Patients with Obstructive Respirations During Sleep, March 11, 2000 Los Angeles; (2 lectures as part of Advanced Symposium on Sleep Disorders and Sinus Disease, CME program at UCLA).

Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with a Sleep Complaint; January 21, 2000, Shreveport, LA; Neurology Grand Rounds, Louisiana State University.

Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with a Sleep Complaint, November 9, 1999, The Woodlands, TX.

An overview of Sleep Disorders and the potential role of the Dentist, January 26, 1998, CME lecture at The Woodlands Convention Center.

The use of dental appliances in treating snoring and sleep apnea, Dental CME course at thePasadena Hilton.

Annual Lecture on Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders for the second year Medical Students 1999 – 2002,  UCLA College of Medicine, Medical School.

The Chin Press/Tongue Curl Maneuver as Part of the Physical Exam on Patients Suspected of Sleep Related Obstructive Respirations, (procedure developed by Simmons, JH, MD) September 19, 1997, Philipps-Universitat, Marburg Germany; 5th World Congress on Sleep Apnea.

The Chin Press Maneuver: A Method of Evaluating the Upper Airway During the Physical Exams June 14, 1997 San Francisco; Associated Professional Sleep Societies 11th Annual Meeting.

Intrathoracic Pressure Monitoring During CPAP Titration in Patients with Esophageal Reflux and OSA, June 13, 1997 San Francisco, Associated Professional Sleep Societies 11th Annual Meeting.

Sleep Physiology and how it relates to Clinical Practice, April 9, 1997 UCLA Medical Center; Neurology Grand Rounds

Overview of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders, March 4, 1997 Warner Center Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles; Alpha Omega Dental Society Educational Lecture.

Importance of Sleep in the Control and Treatment of Epilepsy anda Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Complaints, as part of a CME course: Advances in Sleep Medicine, Sept. 20, 1996, Rapid City Regional Hospital, South Dakota.

The Physiology and Treatment of Sleep Disorders, June 10, 1996, Wadsworth VA; Medical Grand Rounds.

Evaluating the Upper Airway During the Physical Exam with the Chin Press Maneuver, June 1, 1996, Poster presentation, Washington D.C.; Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) annual conference.

Differential Diagnosis of Sleep Complaints, May 21, 1996 Southern California Psychiatric Society Inland Region's educational program at Rama Garden.

Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Complaints, April 8, 1996, USC Medical Center, Medical Grand Rounds.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Complaints,  April 2, 1996, Orange County, CA; Academy of Family Physicians, Orange County CA Chapter, educational lecture.

Differential Diagnosis of Sleep Complaints, Nov. 16, 1995, Palm Desert, CA, Annenberg Center / Eisenhower Medical Center.

Differential Diagnosis of Sleep Complaints, Oct. 12, 1995, Dana Point, CA; Physician Attended Dinner Lecture, Ritz Carlton.

Tumor Induced Central Neurogenic Hyperventilation, June 21, 1995, Los Angeles, CA; UCLA Neurology Grand Rounds.

Increases in Inter hemispheric EEG Coherence with Stage One Sleep, June 3, 1995, Nashville, TN; Platform presentation, Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) annual conference.

Use of a water filled catheter for measurement of respiratory effort during sleep, June 18, 1993, Los Angeles, CA; Platform presentation, Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) annual conference.

Television Interviews (abbreviated list):

Heartbeat of America, Interview on Sleep Medicine, conducted by Doug Llewelyn, August 4th 2008 Nationally Televised on a variety of cable stations at different times.

Interview on Snoring, Sleep Apnea, and the many ways to cure the problem, February 21, 1997 KTLA Morning News, Michele Ruiz - reporter.

Sleepless in America, February 4, 1997, nationally televised on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Dr. Simmons’ segment on Insomnia.

Problems in the night, such as Sleep Apnea,   Nov. 1996, nationally televised on EXTRA, syndicated show and aired across the country at different times.

Health Quest, syndicated TV program, 1995 and 1996, Dr. Simmons was one of several physicians on a panel for a three-part-series focusing on Sleep Disorders, filmed in Las Vegas; aired in several places across the country.

Sleeping Easier, spring 1996, News clip interview, aired several times, KCAL, Channel 9, Los Angeles.

Melatonin - Special Report, November 1995, News clip interview by Ellen Leyva, KABC Channel 7 Eye Witness News, Los Angeles.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea, May 1995, News clip interview by medical correspondent Bruce Hensel, aired several times, KNBC, Channel 4, Los Angeles.

Drowsy Driving, autumn 1994, News clip interview by Kelly Mack, aired several times, KNBC, Channel 4, Los Angeles.

Insomnia, featured speaker/expert, autumn 1994, The Suzanne Somers Show, nationally syndicated daytime talk show.

Snoring, what it means and what to do about it, July 1994, Los Angeles; Good Day LA, Live Interview with medical correspondent Tom Linden, M.D., KTTV Fox Network.

Publications (abbreviated list):

Simmons, JH; Improved outcome of Full Face mask CPAP treatment with mandibular stabilization using a dental appliance, SLEEP, Vol 33, Supp 2010 p A162

Simmons, J, Prehn, R, Nocturnal Bruxism as a protective mechanism against obstructive breathing during sleep, Sleep 31, Abstract Supplement  p. A199, 2008

Simmons, J.,  Normal Ferritin Levels as a Marker of Patients with RLS who may respond to Iron Therapy: A Re-evaluation of the normal range of Ferritin,  Sleep Vol. 23, April 2000 Abstract supplement p A106  

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in conjunction with NPSG testing may not provide a reliable indicator of arousals from sleep but can enhance the identification of cardiac disease. Simmons, J, Siltanzadeh, R., Sleep Vol. 23, April 2000 Abstract supplement p A367

Ringman J.M., Simmons J.S. Treatment of REM sleep behavior disorder with donepezil: A report of three cases. Neurology 26; 55(6):870-1, 2000

Simmons J.H. Abstract, Two cases in which obstructive respirations resolved by treating PLMS, Sleep, Vol. 21, April 15 (supp) p 61 (1998).

Simmons J.H. Abstract, A simple EEG montage for routine NPSG testing which is an improvement from the current standard, Sleep, Vol. 21, April 15 (supp) p 185 (1998).

Simmons, JH, Diagnostic sleep testing in the evaluation of snoring and sleep apnea, Journal of the California Dental Association, Vol26 No 8 pp 566-571 (1998).

Simmons, J.H., Mann, C.A., Guilleminault, C., The Chin Press/Tongue Curl Maneuver as Part of the Physical Exam on Patients Suspected of Sleep Related Obstructive Respirations, Somnologie (1997) 1 (Suppl. 2), 1-56.

Mann, C.A., Simmons, J.H., Wilson, C., Engel J., Bragin A, EEG in human hippocampus, amygdala, and entorhinal cortex during REM and Non-REM sleep, Sleep Research Vol.26, 1997.

Simmons, J.H., Mann, C., Banerji, S., Intrathoracic Pressure Monitoring During CPAP Titration in Patients with Esophageal Reflux and OSA, Sleep Research Vol. 26, 1997.

Simmons, J.H., Mann, C., Lebby, R., The Chin Press Maneuver: A Method of Evaluating the Upper Airway during the Physical Exams, Sleep Research Vol. 26, 1997.

Simmons J., Mann C., Zuberi N., Lebby R., and Shellock F., Abstract - Evaluating the Upper Airway During the Physical Exam with the Chin Press Maneuver,  Sleep Research Vol. 24 p. 269. 1996.

Simmons J., Mann, C, Abstract, Increases in Interhemispheric EEG Coherence with Stage One Sleep, Sleep Research, 1995 Vol. 23 p. 196.

Guilleminault C., Stoohs R., Labanowski M., Simmons J., Clerk A., Cardiac Failure, Snoring, Ventricular Arrhythmias and Nasal Bi-level Positive Pressure Ventilation. Sleep, 1993; Vol. 16, No 8, Supp. pp S139-S140.

Guilleminault C., Stoohs R., Clerk A., Simmons J., Labanowski M. Excessive Daytime Somnolence in Women with Abnormal Respiratory Effort during Sleep. Sleep, 1993; Vol. 16, No 8, Supp. pp S137-S138.

Guilleminault C., Clerk A., Labanowski M., Simmons J., Stoohs R., Cardiac Failure and Benzodiazepines. Sleep, 1993; Vol. 16, No 6, pp 524-528.

Guilleminault C., Stoohs R., Skrobal A., Labanowski M., Simmons J., Upper Airway Resistance in Infants at Risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The Journal of Pediatrics, 1993: Vol. 122, No 6, pp 881-886.

Guilleminault C., Stoohs R., Clerk A., Simmons J., Labanowski M., From Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome to Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome: Consistency of Daytime Sleepiness, Sleep, 1992; Vol. 15, No 6, Supp. pp S13-S16.

Simmons J., Black J., Guilleminault C., Abstract interhemispheric EEG coherence as a measure of Sleep Disruption,  Sleep Research, 1993: Vol. 22 p.275.

Simmons J., Guilleminault C., Abstract, Use of a water filled catheter for measurement of respiratory effort during sleep, Sleep Research, 1993: Vol. 22 p 387.

Simmons, J.H., Book review, Phasic Events and Dynamic Organization of Sleep, Edited by M.G. Terzano. Sleep, 1992; Vol. 15, No 1, p.82.

Saper J.R., Turkewitz J., Simmons J.H., Levin M., Abstract- Abnormal Event-related Potentials (P-300) in Post concussion Syndrome, Neurology, March 1988, Vol. 38, No 3, Supp 1, 355-356.

Drake M.E., Simmons J.H., Languis M.L., Abstract- Event Related Potentials in Dyslexia, Clinical Electroencephalography, Jan 1988, Vol. 20, No 1, pp 75-76.

Simmons J.H., Languis M., Drake M.E. Abstract- Differences in the P300-wave in Dyslexics Compared to Controls, EEG Clin. Neurophys. June 1985.

Simmons J.H., Mathews R, Abstract- Tests for gamma-glutamyl amino acids as Transport Intermediates in the S37 cell, The Ohio Journal of Science, 1980.

Reviewed articles for the following journals:

Sleep; Neurology; Electroencephalography & Clinical Neurophysiology & Psychiatry Times

Funded Research Activities (abbreviated list):

2004 - Safety and efficacy study of Armodafinil in the treatment of excessive sleepiness in Narcolepsy. (CEP-10953) Phase III clinical trial. Funded by Cephalon
2006 - Efficacy and Safety of Eplivanserin in patients with sleep maintenance insomnia.  EFC-6220. Phase III clinical trial funded by Sanofi-aventis U.S.
3/97 - 2000: Principle investigator. National Institute of Health Small Business accepted for award Technology Transfer Program, Micro Esophageal Respiratory Catheter beginning in 1998 for Sleep testing. Objective: To use Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology in an esophageal respiratory catheter to enhance the sensitivity of diagnostic sleep studies. STTR Grant 1R41HL/NS/AG58294
12/96 - 2000: Key investigator on a program: Developing a drowsiness detection system for use in automobiles and other work conditions, National Institute of Health (NIH) funded study.
7/96 - 1999: Co-investigator, Electrographic activity recorded with depth electrodes within various cerebral structures of Humans during the different stages of sleep, PI Charles Wilson, Ph.D., Department of Neurology UCLA - pilot study.
7/96 - 1999: Co-investigator, Neurotransmitter fluctuations within various cerebral structures of Humans during the different stages of sleep, PI Charles Wilson, Ph.D., Department of Neurology UCLA - pilot study.
8/95 - 9/97 Evaluating new clinical approaches to treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea using newly developed auto-titrating CPAP machines. Performed at Olive View - UCLA Medical Center with equipment provided by ResMed, Inc.
1993 - 1995 Development of a digital EEG system at Olive View - UCLA Medical Center. The system is currently used for routine EEG recordings. The system allows for digital reformatting of the patient EEG data, thus extracting additional information from the studies. Written in the C programming language. Funding provided by the Los Angeles County health care system.
9/88 - 6/90 Evaluating cognitive evoked potential abnormalities along with neuro-cognitive deficits in patients after cerebral trauma. Department of Neurology, St Louis University Hospital, Funded by Bio-Logic Inc.
7/87 - 5/88 Long Latency Evoked Potential Abnormalities in Post Head Traumatic Patients Suffering with Cephalgia. Advisory role in collaboration with the Michigan Headache and Neurologic Institute, Ann Arbor MI, Funded by Bio-Logic Inc.
4/85 -5/85 Investigating the topography of the P300-ERP wave form and its raw data frequency characteristics in normal adults, utilizing Brain Electrical Activity Mapping. Harvard University, BEAM laboratory under the direction of Frank H. Duffy, MD.
6/83 - 3/85 Development of a microcomputer EEG evoked potential system for studying the P300 wave form in a college age dyslexic, Ohio State University, Landachar Research Society grant
11/82 - 6/83 Development of a computer database to monitor variables in patients with cerebral aneurysms to improve patient management, Division of Neurosurgery at the Ohio State University Hospital under the direction of William E. Hunt, MD, Funded by the Department of Neurosurgery at The Ohio State University.