Media / Press – The New York Sleep Doctor Helping New Yorkers Get A Good Night's Sleep Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:15:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dr Alpert on Collective Fatigue Syndrome on Fox NY News Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:21:17 +0000 New York News

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Dr. Alpert Listed In New York Super Doctors Tue, 21 May 2013 10:26:33 +0000 Dr. Hal Alpert has been selected as one of New York’s top sleep specialists and is listed in the 2013 edition of New York Super Doctors. This listing appeared in The New York Times.



Super Doctors is a listing of outstanding physicians from more than 40 medical specialties who have attained a high degree of peer recognition or professional achievement.  Super Doctors is published as a special supplement each year in The New York Times.

In selecting physicians for Super Doctors, Key Professional Media employs a rigorous multi-step process designed to identify physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Doctors is a selective yet diverse listing of outstanding doctors, representing consumer-oriented medical specialties.

Survey of Doctors

  • First, we create a pool of candidates. Each year Key Professional Media invites doctors to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified field. Physicians are asked to consider the following question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?” Numerous safeguards are in place to prevent ballot manipulation and doctors may not self-nominate.

Candidate Search

  • Our research staff also contributes to the pool of candidates by searching medical databases, online sources, and publications for doctors who have attained certain credentials, honors or professional achievements – what we term ‘Star Search Credentials.’ This process also includes physicians in less visible or highly specialized medical treatment areas.


We evaluate candidates on 10 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

  • Years of experience
  • Hospital appointments
  • Fellowships
  • Professional activities
  • Leadership positions
  • Academic achievements/positions
  • Board certifications
  • Publications, lectures & presentations
  • Honors and awards
  • Other outstanding achievement

Blue Ribbon Panel Review

  • Nominees are then grouped into specialties. Doctors, in each area, who have the highest scores from the nomination and evaluation steps are invited to serve on a “blue ribbon panel.” Each panelist is asked to review and evaluate a list of nominees from his/her area of focus.

The Final Selection

  • The last step is to total the points received from nominations, research, and blue ribbon panel review. Only the highest-scoring doctors are included on the Super Doctors list. The Super Doctors list is approximately 5% of the physicians within the respective state or region.

Before Publishing

  • Each candidate is contacted to verify the doctor’s professional information. Physicians are asked to verify they have not been subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings. The research staff also independently reviews the discipline record of each candidate before publication and verifies that the doctor is active and in good standing.


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Dr. Alpert Discusses Lucid Dreaming on WPIX TV Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:29:12 +0000 Control Your Dreams With A Special Eye Mask – Link to WPIX Video

WPIX TV reports on a young Brooklyn company which makes a special eye mask to help you control what you dreams (lucid dream mask). They seek the medical advice of Dr. Hal Alpert, The New York Sleep Doctor in their television news report. Watch the WPIX TV Report

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Dr. Alpert Assists in First Successful Lung Transplant Thu, 06 Jan 2011 22:27:36 +0000 I was involved with one of the first successful lung transplants in North America.  I had a patient with Paraquat poisoning.  He was a landscape gardener and he was exposed to Paraquat which is no longer available, but its an herbicide.  He had over exposure to it, it went into his blood stream and then went into his lungs and he basically was dying of Paraquat poisoning and was on a respirator.

No one had ever really survived Paraquat poisoning with my patient’s degree of lung damage.  However, it was just at the point in time of the introduction of cyclosporine,  an immunosuppressant drug now widely used in post-allogeneic organ transplant to reduce the activity of the patient’s immune system.

There was a new lung transplant program at Toronto General Hospital and I was able to get in touch with Dr. Joel Cooper who was head of the program. Dr. Cooper accepted my patient who subsequently underwent two lung transplants.  We were able to successfully transplant him.

My patient had complications unrelated to the actual transplant itself.  They felt that the operation itself was successful and we then were able to continue the lung transplant program, so I was able to help coordinate those initial surgeries and the initial transplants that my patient underwent.

Although this was considered the first successful lung transplant, it was not the first lung transplant surgery. There were several attempts at lung transplants, but were all unsuccessful because of rejection.

Before immunosuppressant drug cyclosporine was available, patients often died of complications from the steroids, the inability to fight off infection, improper healing, and poor blood supply to the lungs.  Dr. Joel Cooper had been working with a lab for a couple of years to develop his technique of getting adequate blood supply to the bronchus of the lung, He had just received permission to restart human lung transplantation when I had contacted him to see if he would take my patient.  He did accept my patient and so by using the techniques that he had developed and through the advent of cyclosporine he was able to perform the first successful lung transplant without having the problems with rejection that had previously caused so much failure.

A few months after my patient’s lung transplant, Dr. Cooper transplanted a 52 year-old man and that patient went on to live 5 years which was the longest living lung transplant patient of the time.  Of course now lung transplants are a regularly accepted technique and the surgeries are being preformed all over the world as an accepted means of helping patients who need them.

Click here to read more about Mr. Franzen’s struggle.

Another article about Mr. Franzen situation and Dr. Alpert’s remarkable procedure.

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