The UHealth Sleep Center regards the education of our fellows as one of our highest priorities. As an integral part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program pursues three interrelated areas: treatment, research and education.

The University of Miami Sleep Medicine fellowship training program is an ACGME-accredited multidisciplinary sleep medicine training program consisting of pulmonary, neurology, otolaryngology, psychiatry, bariatric surgery and sleep psychology faculty. The one-year fellowship consists of up to four sleep medicine fellows with backgrounds in internal medicine, pulmonary, neurology, psychiatry, surgery and anesthesiology. The AASM accredited sleep center sites include the UHealth Sleep Center located at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center located adjacent to the medical school campus. Applications to our Sleep Medicine Training Program are accepted via ERAS and the National Resident Match Program.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 2-4
Duration: 1 year
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • 2014-2015
    Desiree Garcia (Internal Medicine)
    Dagmar Lin (Pulmonary-Critical Care)
    Edgar Mercado (Critical Care)
  • 2013-2014
    Jose Medina-Smester (Internal Medicine): Sleep Medicine Specialist, Medi*Health MD, Brickell Center
    Adam Slansky (Neurology): Neurologist, New York
    Daniel Guerra (Internal Medicine): Medical Director at The Advisory Board
  • 2012-2013
    Daniel Ahoubim (Neurology),
    Andres Endara-Bravo (Internal Medicine, Pulmonary-Critical Care)
    Daniela Guilliam (Neurology)
    Edward Mezerhane (Internal Medicine)
  • 2011-2012
    Jocelyn Cheng (Neurology)
    Carlos Cordero (Internal Medicine and Pulmonary-Critical Care)
    Joseph Diamond (Neurology)
    David Zuckerman (Internal Medicine and Pulmonary-Critical Care)
  • 2010-2011
    Roberto Acosta (Neurology)
    Juan Del Rio (Internal Medicine and Pulmonary-Critical Care)
    Idriz Kovacevic (Neurology and Psychiatry)
    Stefanie Torres-Ramirez (Internal Medicine and Pulmonary-Critical Care)
  • 2009-2010
    Shahida Bashir (Internal Medicine and Pulmonary-Critical Care)
    Tanish Maze (Internal Medicine-Pediatrics)
    Shariqua Raoof (Internal Medicine and Pulmonary-Critical Care)
    Margaret Saldahna (Neurology)
  • 2008-2009
    Samora Y Cotterell (Internal Medicine)
    Ashwin Mehta (Internal Medicine)
    Christine Pierre (Neurology)
    Eric J Shakespeare (Internal Medicine and Pulmonary-Critical Care)

Application Deadline
Applications received via ERAS until

Each rotation lasts one month and there are opportunities to do electives outside of the core rotations listed below.

University of Miami clinic fellow: During this month the fellow works on a one-to-one basis with various attending physicians examining patients.
University of Miami Pediatrics-polysomnography reading fellow: During this month the fellow spends 3 days a week reading polysomnography study reports. Also he/she is works alongside our pediatric sleep medicine specialists evaluating sleep disorders in the pediatric population.

Miami VAMC fellow: During this month the fellow reviews polysomnography study reports with various attending physicians at the VA. The fellow attends a full day clinic on Thursdays at the Miami VA and is also responsible for conducting a telemedicine/telehealth clinic from the Miami VA with the surrounding community-based outpatient centers serving veterans from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West, FL.

Board Exam Requirements
To become certified in the subspecialty of Sleep Medicine, physicians must:

  • At the time of application, maintain current, valid ABIM certification in Internal Medicine or a subspecialty
  • Satisfactorily complete the requisite formal training requirements
  • Demonstrate clinical competence, procedural skills, and moral and ethical behavior in the clinical setting
  • Hold a valid, unrestricted and unchallenged license to practice medicine
  • Pass the Sleep Medicine Certification Examination
  • No credit will be granted toward certification in a subspecialty for training completed outside of an accredited U.S. or Canadian program.

Fellowship training taken before completing the requirements for the MD or DO degree, training as a chief medical resident, practice experience, and attendance at postgraduate courses may not be credited toward the requirements for subspecialty certification.

To be admitted to an examination, candidates must have completed the required training in the subspecialty, including vacation time, by October 31st of the year of examination.

Candidates for certification in the subspecialties must meet ABIM’s requirements for duration of training as well as minimum duration of full-time clinical training. Clinical training requirements may be met by aggregating full-time clinical training that occurs throughout the entire fellowship training period; clinical training need not be completed in successive months. Time spent in continuity outpatient clinic, during non-clinical training, is in addition to the requirement for full-time clinical training. Educational rotations completed during training may not be double counted to satisfy both internal medicine and subspecialty training requirements. Likewise, training which qualifies a diplomate for admission to one subspecialty exam cannot be double-counted toward certification in another subspecialty, with the exception of formally approved pathways for dual certification.

Educational & Other Experience

  • Weekly lecture series: Given by attending physicians covering various topics of sleep medicine.
  • Monthly Journal Club: Conducted by the sleep fellows. At each journal club 2 articles are critically appraised.
  • University of Miami Sleep Conference
  • Case Discussions
  • Yearly Presentations at the APSS meeting
  • Yearly UHealth Sleep Disorders and Treatments Symposium

Research opportunities are available.

No on-call duties assigned.

Alexandre Abreu, M.D.

Alexandre Abreu, M.D.
Program Director

Andrea Ruiz, BGS
Program Manager

Phone: (305) 243-2742
Fax: (305) 243-8108