The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, and the Secretary-Treasurer.

President

Nidhi S. Undevia, MD
Nidhi S. Undevia, MD

Loyola University Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Dr. Undevia is Associate Professor of Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center where she has been a member of the Pulmonary & Critical Care division since 2004. She completed her medical training at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and subsequently completed her Internal Medicine residency, Pulmonary & Critical Care fellowship as well as Sleep Medicine fellowship at University of Chicago Hospitals. Her particular clinical interests include sleep medicine, chronic respiratory failure and home mechanical ventilation.

President-Elect

Alejandra C. Lastra, MD
Alejandra C. Lastra, MD

Rush University Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Alejandra C. Lastra, MD, is the director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship, and assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is a recognized member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), serving as Vice-Chair of the AASM Educational Committee.

As President-Elect of the Illinois Sleep Society, she is currently leading the development of a multidisciplinary/multi-center educational platform in the region. Dr. Lastra is passionate about technology’s role in medical education and is a graduate of the Online Teaching and Course Design class from Rush Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. She developed and is currently the director of the continuous medical education program at the Rush Sleep Disorders Service & Research Center, and the education co-director of the Rush Center for Sinus, Allergy and Asthma Care.

Her clinical and research interests involve home sleep testing, COPD-OSA overlap syndrome, non-invasive positive pressure ventilation in cardiopulmonary conditions and central sleep apnea disorders. She leads clinical programs involving inpatient sleep screening with portable monitors and hypoglossal nerve stimulation in collaboration with otolaryngology.

Secretary-Treasurer

Maria Therese Galang-Boquiren, DMD, MS
Maria Therese Galang-Boquiren, DMD, MS

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Department of Orthodontics

Dr. Maria Therese Galang-Boquiren is a tenured associate professor of orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She took a keen interest in dental sleep medicine more than ten years ago and has collaborated with the medical profession through research and clinical care since then. Apart from teaching, she works in private practice and holds a hospital appointment at the John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and Board Eligible for the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Galang-Boquiren has received numerous awards for her teaching and research accomplishments. She is also very active in organized dentistry and reviews scientific manuscripts for various peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Galang-Boquiren has been invited to speak both locally and internationally on both orthodontics and dental sleep medicine. Through her role in the Illinois Sleep Society, she hopes to represent the dental field and work with her colleagues sleep medicine to advance continuing education and positively impact patient care.

Immediate Past-President

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