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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