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Certified Physician Assistant
Deborah Whitehair has been a certified physician assistant for 30 years, with over 20 years of experience in sleep medicine. Deborah has been an instructor at Georgia Southern University and an assistant professor and clinical coordinator in the Emory University PA Program and Family Practice Residency Program where she helped train PA students and assist the physicians in the residency program. She obtained her BS and MS degrees in Biology from Georgia Southern University and attended PA school at the Medical College of Georgia.
She has published chapters in medical and surgical books as well as articles based on her research. Due to her personal accomplishments, professional contributions, and community involvement, Deborah has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 2007. Deborah joined the FusionSleep® Medicine Program in 2012 as a Certified Physician Assistant.
For most of us, we take sleep for granted,and think of it as the break we take at night. If we go to bed later or get up earlier than usual, we think we can make it up the next night or over the weekend. Little did we know, the importance of sleep is not only feeling rested the next day but also allowing our bodies to heal and prevent many of the common chronic medical problems. Patients suffer with these common medical problems and get treatment for them every day. After spending most of my career in primary care, I had the opportunity to see a magnitude of patients with hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, headaches, behavioral problems, and even some cancers, that had undiagnosed sleep problems. Having worked with a sleep center in the past, I mentioned the possibility of apnea or other sleep disorders as an underlying treatable medical problem to many of our patients. Once they were evaluated and treated, they were so grateful for the improvement in their quality of care.
Sleep disorders are a fascinating and rapidly growing field of medicine. I am excited to join my coworkers at FusionSleep® to better treat a whole population of patients that have been struggling with sleep disorders for years. It is very rewarding to see the positive changes in patients’ lives once they are appropriately diagnosed and treated.
My goal at FusionSleep® is to collaborate with a comprehensive group of Board Certified Sleep Care Specialists and our dedicated support team in providing follow-up care to our patients. I will help educate our patients about their sleep disorders so that they too will have a better quality of life.
- Deborah E. Whitehair, M.S., PA-C, DFAAPA