|SPRINGFIELD Dr. Michael Coppola has been elected to serve as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) for 2011. Coppola, who specializes in pulmonary and sleep medicine, has served on the 20-year-old association's Board of Directors since 2004. Coppola is a Longmeadow resident. He is president and CEO of the multi-specialty practice Springfield Medical Associates (SMA).|
The American Sleep Apnea Association was founded in 1990 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by persons with apnea and concerned health care providers and researchers. People with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. The ASAA is dedicated to reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder. The ASAA promotes education and awareness, the ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network of voluntary mutual support groups, research and continuous improvement of care.
Coppola is recognized locally and nationally not only as a leader of the ASAA, but as a practitioner of pulmonary and sleep medicine. A native of New Haven, Conn., and a 1978 graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, he has practiced in Springfield since 1985. Coppola has served as president and CEO of SMA since 2002. He also serves as an associate clinical professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
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