GLOBAL Webinar Series April 2023

Sleep Apnea Across the Lifespan in People with Down Syndrome


This informative GLOBAL Webinar covered the latest understanding of the importance of sleep screening across the age spectrum in people with Down syndrome; consequences of untreated obstructive sleep apnea; medical treatment options; and surgical treatment options including hypoglossal nerve stimulator.

The webinar attracted 420 registrants from 43 states and 13 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom). 

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Ignacio Tapia, MD, is an attending physician in the Sleep Center/Pulmonary Division of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Concepción, Chile, and completed his pediatric residency and pediatric pulmonology fellowship at CHOP. His main research interests are the pathophysiology of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) in children, clinical trials focusing on treatment of OSAS in children, health disparities in pediatric sleep, and the consequences of OSAS in individuals with Down syndrome.

Rachel Whelan, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and specializes in the treatment of sleep disorders in pediatric and adult patients. After completing otolaryngology residency at UPMC, she went on to receive dual fellowship training in both pediatric otolaryngology and sleep medicine through UPMC and the University of Pennsylvania/CHOP. She is board-certified in Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine. She has a particular focus in surgical treatment options for sleep-disordered breathing including nasal, pharyngeal, and neurostimulation surgeries and enjoys caring for patients across the age spectrum.


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If you have a family member or dear friend with Down syndrome, this webinar is for you! Not a Member? Join today! THANK YOU for supporting GLOBAL and our important work!

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