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Sleep Expert Judith Owens, Receives National Award

February 17, 2012

Washington, DC —Children’s National Medical Center’s Judith Owens, MD, MPH, D, ABSM, received the Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy or Advocacy Award given by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for her success in increasing public awareness of pediatric sleep disorders, and her support of policies that outline healthy sleeping habits for children.

Dr. Owens is the Director of Sleep Medicine at Children’s National and is an internationally recognized authority on children and sleep. She is the author of more than 75 original research and review articles in peer-review journals, chapters, and books on the topic, and is board certified in developmental/behavioral pediatrics and sleep medicine.

“I hope that this award will help to raise awareness of the vital role that sleep plays in the physical and mental health of all children,” said Dr. Owens. “While we still have a lot to learn, we know that sleep is a key determinant of a child’s social and emotional functioning, physical wellbeing, and academic success.”

The AASM is a professional society dedicated exclusively to sleep medicine. Each year they present this award to an individual whose contributions to public policy promote healthier sleep for Americans. Dr. Owens’ contribution to pediatric sleep health is not limited to the United States. In the letter announcing the award, the President of the Academy praised her for the global impact of her work, citing her continued support of sleep-related charitable organizations.

Children’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center is the only sleep center in the Washington, DC, area exclusively for kids. The interdisciplinary sleep medicine team includes sleep specialists, pulmonologists, behavioral child psychologists, and nurses. Children’s National is one of only a few pediatric hospitals in the world to have two sleep specialists board-certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Contact:  Emily Hartman or Emily Dammeyer 202-476-4500

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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