SOURCE: Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute

Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute

May 24, 2011 05:00 ET

Dr. Helmut Schmidt Will Be Inducted Into the 2011 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

DUBLIN, OH--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - The late Dr. Helmut Schmidt will be inducted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for his contribution to the field of sleep medicine. The ceremony will take from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Riffe Center in the Capitol Theater, 77 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43215.

Dr. Helmut Schmidt was a pioneer in the field of sleep medicine. He was part of the original nosology committee that created the very first classification of all sleep disorders in 1979. As co-Chairman of the Insurance Committee of the American Sleep Disorders Association he later helped negotiate the recognition and reimbursement of sleep medicine services by insurance companies. In 1986, Dr. Helmut Schmidt hosted the very first Annual Meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) in Columbus, Ohio, which united the Sleep Research Society and the American Sleep Disorders Association (ASDA) under one conference. As part of this event, Dr. Helmut Schmidt together with Dr. William Dement of Stanford University, established the first National Sleep and Health Awareness Week (June 15-21, 1986), a proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan.

Dr. Helmut Schmidt received the 1988 Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Prize, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's highest award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the field. In 1990, Dr. Helmut Schmidt became the First President of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, the accrediting body responsible for certifying physicians in sleep medicine. He co-chaired the National Committee to help recognize sleep medicine as a designated medical specialty by the American Medical Association, which occurred in January 1995.

Dr. Helmut Schmidt founded the sleep disorders center at the Ohio State University Medical Center and practiced there from the late sixties to 1990. He later founded the Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute (OSMI), an independent and comprehensive sleep disorders center located in Dublin, Ohio, where he practiced along with his son, Markus H. Schmidt, MD, PhD. In 2004, he was voted by his peers as Best Sleep Medicine Physician in Central Ohio (Columbus Dispatch/WBNS poll).

Dr. Helmut Schmidt was also the 1985-1986 President of the Ohio Psychiatric Association and retired as a Colonel from the United States Army Reserve.

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