Dr. Ronald Popper, MD

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Southern California Pulmonary 2230 Lynn Rd Ste 101 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Get Directions
Dr. Ronald Popper, MD
Ronald A. Popper MD, FAASM, DABSM is the founder and Medical Director of The Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center since its inception in 1984. He is Board Certified in Sleep Disorders Medicine by both the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine – Subspecialty of Sleep Medicine. As one of the pioneers in the field of Sleep Medicine, he championed the concept of the free standing sleep center. Doctor Popper recognized the difficulty of performing personalized and efficient medical care within the confines of a hospital or university center. As a result of his efforts, the Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center was the first non-hospital, non-university based Sleep Disorders Center to be fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Popper grew up in the suburbs of Oak Park and Southfield. He attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate and Medical School. As an undergraduate, he became one of the first Paramedics in the state of Michigan. As a result of his training as a Paramedic, he was recruited to teach advanced first aid and resuscitation techniques to first year medical students at the MSU Medical School while still an undergraduate at MSU. Following his internship and medical residency at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles, California, he did a Pulmonary Medicine fellowship at VA Wadsworth / UCLA Medical Center. At the VA he did his fellowship research in the new field of "sleep disordered breathing" which ultimately became known as sleep apnea. Dr. Popper helped start the sleep center at the VA Medical Center prior to going into private practice. He is currently a speaker for the National Sleep Foundation and has written and lectured extensively on the subject of obstructive sleep apnea as well as numerous other sleep disorders. He is passionate about educating the public about sleep disorders and the need to accurately diagnose and treat them. To this end, he has been interviewed by numerous newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs. Dr. Popper lives with his wife in Westlake Village, California as a blended family with 4 adult children, ranging in ages from 21to 28, along with 2 dogs, Ella, a cockapoo and Lucy a mixed breed. His other passion, besides his family and medical practice, is golf. He recently ventured into uncharted territory, known as Facebook, where he became reacquainted with his old rock and roll band members from the 1960s.

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Dr. Popper's Care Philosophy

When evaluating a sleep disorder, the first step is to do a comprehensive history and physical examination. You cannot focus solely on the sleep complaint. Associated medical conditions may also affect one's sleep. To this end, the center has all patients fill out an extensive questionnaire in advance of the first consultation. This greatly assists me in evaluating the patient on the first visit. Once the consultation has been completed I will have formulated a "game plan" for effectively diagnosing and managing the patient's sleep disorder. Educating patients regarding the diagnostic process and treatment options are extremely important. Only a properly educated patient can make appropriate choices. A well informed patient is a more compliant patient. Many patients will balk at filling out my extensive questionnaire. However, those that do, and subsequently undergo a consultation, will realize and many will comment to me, that they have just undergone one of the most thorough evaluations they have ever received. My goal is to make every patient feel that they are my only patient. Every patient is different and a cookie-cutter approach to patient care is a recipe for failure. I try to individualize my treatment to the patients needs and desires. Not all patients will necessarily follow my recommendations. But those who do not, will understand the pros and cons, the risk and benefits of all of their options and will make a fully informed decision.

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We encourage all of our patients to share their experience with others.  More than 50% of our patients come to us from the positive experience shared by other patients.  Patient referrals are the life blood of our business and we greatly appreciate their comments.  We also realize that although we strive to please everyone, that is not always possible.  Even negative feedback is...

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Dr. Popper's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
Agoura Hills, CA |
Good luck trying to get a reservation with this Doctor. The front desk does not return ANY of your calls and if by some chance you DO get thru to them, they won't give you an appointment without filling some online form that requires some password protected signature. Which of course, if you need help with, they don't answer their phones or return your calls.
in Thousand Oaks, CA |
Went through sleep study with Dr. Popper. I was very disappointed with the study quality. This office managed by Mr. Popper (No Doctor) use his diploma to sell the CPAP machines and not resolving the main core issues of patient breathing issues. Staff at the front desk and nurse just horrible and will not accommodate the patients. Lost my appointment time twice. The staff that run the sleep study at night are great, They are the only jewel in this sales office. All they care is your insurance
in Agoura Hills, CA |
Dr Popper doesn't do one thing that all humans should do, that is, listen. Easily the most pompous person I have ever done business with in any arena. The gentleman that does the actual sleep studies for Dr Popper's office is great, as are the ret of his employees. The technician who runs the sleep studies is the only reason that I continued to see Dr Popper for a few years.
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Ronald A. Popper MD, FAASM, DABSM is the founder and Medical Director of The Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center since its inception in 1984. He is Board Certified in Sleep Disorders Medicine by both the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine – Subspecialty of Sleep Medicine. As one of the pioneers in the field of Sleep Medicine, he championed the concept of the free standing sleep center. Doctor Popper recognized the difficulty of performing personalized and efficient medical care within the confines of a hospital or university center. As a result of his efforts, the Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center was the first non-hospital, non-university based Sleep Disorders Center to be fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Popper grew up in the suburbs of Oak Park and Southfield. He attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate and Medical School. As an undergraduate, he became one of the first Paramedics in the state of Michigan. As a result of his training as a Paramedic, he was recruited to teach advanced first aid and resuscitation techniques to first year medical students at the MSU Medical School while still an undergraduate at MSU.

Following his internship and medical residency at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles, California, he did a Pulmonary Medicine fellowship at VA Wadsworth / UCLA Medical Center. At the VA he did his fellowship research in the new field of "sleep disordered breathing" which ultimately became known as sleep apnea. Dr. Popper helped start the sleep center at the VA Medical Center prior to going into private practice. He is currently a speaker for the National Sleep Foundation and has written and lectured extensively on the subject of obstructive sleep apnea as well as numerous other sleep disorders. He is passionate about educating the public about sleep disorders and the need to accurately diagnose and treat them. To this end, he has been interviewed by numerous newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs.

Dr. Popper lives with his wife in Westlake Village, California as a blended family with 4 adult children, ranging in ages from 21to 28, along with 2 dogs, Ella, a cockapoo and Lucy a mixed breed. His other passion, besides his family and medical practice, is golf. He recently ventured into uncharted territory, known as Facebook, where he became reacquainted with his old rock and roll band members from the 1960s.

Dr. Popper's Care Philosophy

When evaluating a sleep disorder, the first step is to do a comprehensive history and physical examination.  You cannot focus solely on the sleep complaint.  Associated medical conditions may also affect one's sleep.  To this end, the center has all patients fill out an extensive questionnaire in advance of the first consultation.  This greatly assists me in evaluating the patient on the first visit.  Once the consultation has been completed I will have formulated a "game plan" for effectively diagnosing and managing the patient's sleep disorder.

Educating patients regarding the diagnostic process and treatment options are extremely important.  Only a properly educated patient can make appropriate choices.  A well informed patient is a more compliant patient.  Many patients will balk at filling out my extensive questionnaire.  However, those that do, and subsequently undergo a consultation, will realize and many will comment to me, that they have just undergone one of the most thorough evaluations they have ever received.  

My goal is to make every patient feel that they are my only patient.  Every patient is different and a cookie-cutter approach to patient care is a recipe for failure.  I try to individualize my treatment to the patients needs and desires.  Not all patients will necessarily follow my recommendations.  But those who do not, will understand the pros and cons, the risk and benefits of all of their options and will make a fully informed decision.

Dr. Popper says...

As a double Board Certified Sleep Specialist with over 30 years of patient care experience, I am thoroughly skilled in the diagnosis and management of all sleep disorders ranging from sleep apnea, restless limb syndrome, narcolepsy, REM Behavior Disorder, shift work sleep disorders, delayed sleep phase syndrome, advanced sleep phase syndrome, night terrors, sleep walking, other parasomnias and insomnia.

Dr. Popper says...

The sleep center has been fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for over 30 years.  We perform sleep studies (both in the sleep center and screening home studies), CPAP / BiPAP and VPAP sleep studies, Multiple Sleep Latency Testing  and Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing.  We counsel patients regarding proper sleep habits (Seep Hygiene) and also provide instruction for sleep restriction and cognitive behavioral therapy.  We work closely with ENT physicians and dentists when surgical intervention or oral appliance therapy is appropriate.  We also were one of the first sleep centers and continue to be one of the most active sleep centers in providing Provent Therapy as an alternative treatment for sleep apnea.

Dr. Popper says...

We encourage all of our patients to share their experience with others.  More than 50% of our patients come to us from the positive experience shared by other patients.  Patient referrals are the life blood of our business and we greatly appreciate their comments.  We also realize that although we strive to please everyone, that is not always possible.  Even negative feedback is looked at by our center and when valid is used to improve the service to our patients.  Fortunately, the vast majority of patient comments remain positive.

Dr. Popper's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Sleep Medicine
  •  Board certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Lung Nodule
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Wheezing

Education

  • Medical School
    Michigan State University College Of Human Medicine

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    Good Samaritan Hospital

    Completed in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    Good Samaritan Hospital

    Completed in 1982

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Wadsworth Va

    Completed in 1984

  • Undergraduate School
    Michigan State University

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Sleep Medicine
  • Pulmonology

Procedures Performed

  • Breath Testing
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Sleep Study