Featured Member - Luis Buenaver, PhD, CBSM

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE FIELD IN 10 YEARS?

I would like to see a significant increase in the number of individuals certified/boarded in behavioural sleep medicine. My hope is that there will be much more recognition and awareness, not only of the importance of sleep, but of Behavioral Sleep Medicine as a discipline in general. Additionally, I hope that we can develop novel BSM treatment approaches for circadian rhythm sleep disorders, hypersomnia/narcolepsy, and parasomnias. Lastly, I would like to see an increase in the number of accredited academic BSM training institutions.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO SPECIALIZE IN BHEHAVIOR SLEEP MEDICINE (WHAT GOT YOU STARTED, WHO DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK WITH ALONG THE WAY)?

I came to Johns Hopkins to complete a fellowship in behavioral medicine with an emphasis on chronic pain. Michael Smith was one of my mentors and he needed a CBT-I interventionist for one of his trials. I attended Michael Perlis’s CBT-I workshop and the rest as they say…is history.

I was particularly struck by the effectiveness of CBT-I particularly compared to CBT for chronic pain. Now, though I still see pain patients and study pain, my clinical practice focuses on BSM.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO EARLY CAREER INDIVIDUALS, OR THOSE RE-SPECIALIZING INTO BEHAVIORAL SLEEP MEDICINE?

Ask questions. Get involved with the society. Attend a workshop and find a good mentor.

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP THAT YOU PLAN ON TAKING EITHER IN YOUR RESEARCH PROGRAM OR CLINICAL PRACTICE?

I recently received pilot funds to pilot a mobile health app. I am interested in maximizing the use of digital/mobile health to treat sleep disorders.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SLEEP RESOURCE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO BE MADE AWARE OF?

 

WHO GOES ON YOUR BSM MOUNT RUSHMORE?

Hmm, I have to think about this one.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO LET MEMBERS KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am fluent in Spanish and treat many Spanish-speaking patients…in Spanish.

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT VACATION OR DREAM VACATION?

My dream vacation would be to rent a house on the Amalfi Coast for the summer…with a chef!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AWAY FROM THE OFFICE?

Relax with my family and trail running.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TALENTS OR HOBBIES?

I enjoy oil painting and sketching though it has been some time.