BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
Mass Eye and Ear is the institution that first brought me out of the Midwest. I grew up in the Detroit area and moved to Boston in 1996 to begin my residency in otolaryngology. During my 4 years of postgraduate medical training, I had the privilege to learn from world authorities and witness phenomenal clinical care provided with the highest of standards.
Since finishing my training at MEEI in 2000, my primary clinical interest has become Sleep Medicine. Were you aware that poor quality sleep can predispose you to cardiovascular disease such as heart failure or stroke? Did you know that limited sleep can increase your risk for a motor vehicle accidents as much as driving a car over the legal limiit for blood alcohol? Or that approximately 15% of Americans have a diagnosable sleep disorder? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are in good company. In fact, most physicians practicing medicine today have not been educated in sleep disorders. Today, it is estimated that >85% of individuals with sleep disorders have not yet been diagnosed. As a result, there is a tremendous impact on health, vitality and productivity.
Money I raise will go to Mass Eye and Ear's Sleep Medicine Research Fund in order to promote research, education and training in sleep conditions. These funds will help to educate health care providers about this important component of our health.
With respect to running, the majority of sleep conditions can be cured or improved with lifestyle modifications. Through exercise, diet, mindfulness and stress reduction, we can make deep inroads into improving our sleep.
While many consider running 26.2 miles a struggle, I compare this challenge to the obstacles that my patients face every single day. While it will not be easy, I embrace the challenge with every step from Hopkinton to Boston always with my patients in mind.