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Dinner Meeting

  • Riverview Pavillion Highway 35, 800 River Road Belmar, NJ 07719 (map)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatments

Speaker: Kenneth Newkirk, MD (Click for CV)

Credits: 2 CE Credits

General Membership Dinner Meetings are at no cost for M-OCDS members and $90 for non-members payable at the door.

Sleep disordered breathing encompasses whole spectrum of upper airway breathing disturbances of which obstructive sleep apnea is one of its most severe forms. OSA may be associated with a number of physiological abnormalities including an increased risk of cardiovascular disorders (e.g. hypertension) and death. A number of treatment options are available for the management of OSA, both medical (e.g., CPAP) and surgical.  The objectives of this lecture are to understand the indications and/or role of oral appliances and some of the more recent advances in Sleep Medicine Soft Tissue Surgery including TORS (Transoral Robotic Surgery) and Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation.


  • Update information on sleep physiology in adults
  • Understand the indications for CPAP and oral appliances in obstructive sleep apnea management
  • Understand the role DISE (Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy)
  • Understand the surgical options for soft tissue management of the upper airway in adults – Otolaryngologist perspective
  • Understand the role of TORS (Transoral Robotic Surgery) and Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation


  • Brief review of sleep medicine physiology
  • Role of CPAP and oral devices
  • Surgical techniques for sleep medicine – Otolaryngologist perspective
  • Surgical techniques
  • TORS (Transoral Robotic Surgery)
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation
  • Conclusions

Kenneth Newkirk, M.D.
Fellowship Trained, Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery
Board Certified, Pediatric and Adult Otolaryngology

Dr. Newkirk received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brown University in Providence, R.I. Dr. Newkirk completed medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and did his internship and residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Med Star – Georgetown University Hospital.

Dr. Newkirk went on to pursue further training in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, completing a NIH sponsored K12 research fellowship at the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. and a clinical Head and Neck Surgical Oncology fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas.

Dr. Newkirk has authored multiple scientific publications and book chapters, and his work has been presented at numerous national meetings. He is a member of the American Head and Neck Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Newkirk has received numerous patient care awards and citations for compassionate care. He has been included in Castle Connelly’s Top Doctors, 2014 and has been highly rated on Angie’s List. Dr. Newkirk specializes in the management of tumors of the head and neck, as well as general otolaryngology.

Earlier Event: October 3
Trustee Meeting
Later Event: October 19
2017 A.D.A. Annual Session