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Education and Training
Psychiatrist Practices Sleep Medicine In Iran
Psychiatric News
Volume 41 Number 6 page 18-18

Psychiatrist Mir Farhad Ghaleh Bandi, M.D., returned to his native Iran after completing an eight-month sleep-medicine fellowship in the United States in 2004. He trained at the University of Utah-affiliated Intermountain Sleep Disorder Center based at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Ghaleh Bandi now directs the psychiatric residency program at the Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, where he soon will open the country's first full-service, university-based sleep lab.

Insomnia and sleep-related breathing disorders prompt the majority of referrals to the semiprivate sleep lab where he consults. "Psychiatric symptoms are very common in these patients," he reported by e-mail." We use psychoeducation, sleep hygiene, and pharmacotherapy to treat such problems."

Ghaleh Bandi teaches sleep medicine to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychiatrists, and other specialists and to the general public. He and his colleagues plan to study sleep in bus drivers and the elderly, and in people with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, blindness, and other medical disorders.

He and his colleagues recently founded the Iranian Sleep Medicine Society, which was scheduled to elect officers this month. Members include specialists in psychiatry, neurology, pulmonology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, occupational medicine, endocrinology, cardiology, and dentistry.

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