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
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
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.