Michael B. Russo, M.D. Vice President
Michael B. Russo, M.D. was graduated from Princeton University, obtained his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School, trained in psychiatry at New York Medical College Metropolitan Hospital Center, N.Y., completed his residency in Neurology at New York University, Bellevue Hospital Center, Manhattan Veterans Hospital, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, England, and at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He obtained his fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and Neurology by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Russo is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Aerospace Medical Association.
He was Director of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Neurosciences Division and the US Army Aeromedical Research Institute’s Division of Aircrew Health and Performance.
He has approximately 23 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 70 abstracts, letters, proceedings; 7 book chapters, 1 book, and 3 US Patents and has been on the Editorial Board of Aviation, Space, Environmental Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry: An International Journal on the Integration of Medicine and Psychiatry.
Dr. Russo completed a 34 year career in the United States Army in 2011, and in 2012 opened a Profession Corporation to practice neurology and sleep disorders medicine in Hawaii. Seeing a need for education of both the medical community and the general public in sleep disorders in Hawaii, Dr. Russo is leading the effort by forming the Sleep Disorders Patient Advocacy Foundation of Hawaii.
Jamil S. Sulieman, M.D. P resident
Jamil S. Sulieman was graduated from Dartmouth College, obtained his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and trained in internal medicine completing his residency at Highland General Hospital, Alameda County/UC San Francisco affiliated program. He began his pulmonary fellowship at Highland Hospital, and completed his pulmonary fellowship at UC Davis/VA Martinez Medical Center. He is trained in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. He is board certified in internal and sleep medicine. He is a member of American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
After 10 years in practice in California he moved to Hawaii to continue his practice of pulmonary/critical care and sleep medicine as the pulmonary and critical care consultant for the Honolulu Medical Group. Later he was the Medical Director of the Castle Medical Center ICU for 12 years. He was a co-Medical Director of the Queens Hospital Sleep Center and one of the founders of the Hawaii Sleep Society. He established and is the Medical Director of the Sleep Lab which provided sleep medicine at the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), and Castle Medical Center before moving to its present location in Kaneohe. He also helped establish and remains the Medical Director of the Maui Medical Group Sleep Center.
Dr. Sulieman hopes the Hawaii Sleep and Wellness Foundation will advance recognition of sleep medicine and integrate sleep medicine into comprehensive medical care.
Elizabeth Keolani Taitano, Ph.D. Director
Dr. Elizabeth Keolani Taitano earned her double bachelors degree in psychology and in Russian language from the University of Hawaii and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from th University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She completed a clinical psychology internship in behavioral medicine focusing on health psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina where she was trained in pain management, weight management, sleep medicine, hypertension clinic, and obstetrics and gynecology clinic. After workin in a variety of research and clinical positions at the College of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona, she returned to Hawaii in 2010.
She has a private practice on Oahu, and has also been directing the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia program in The Sleep Lab for the past year. Her specialties include cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, motivational, and mindfulness approaches. She is a member of the Hawaii Psychological Association, the American Psychological Aassociation, and the Association for contextual Behavioral Science.
Kathleen Carney, DDS Treasurer
Kathleen Carney was graduated from Rosary College, obtained her dental degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry and completed her general practice residency in dentistry at Highland General Hospital in the Alameda County/UC San Francisco affiliated program. Dr. Carney entered general dentistry and became one of the leading providers of dental appliances for sleep apnea in the Bay Area. In Hawaii she became the chief financial officer of the CISKY durable medical equipment and supply corporation. She is the dental appliance consultant, director of durable medical equipment and chief financial officer of The Sleep Lab Corp.
Mary Ellen Lau, RPSGT Secretary
Mary Ellen Lau attended the Stanford School of Sleep Medicine with over 30 years of experience as a polysomnographic Technologist. She maintains her certifications through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, American Board of Sleep Medicine and the National Board of Respiratory Care as a Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, and is an active member of the American Association of Sleep Technologists, and a founding member of the Hawaii Sleep Society.
She has established successful sleep programs in Hawaii and achieving accreditation status with The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for The Queen's Medical Center, The Sleep Lab and Maui Medical Group, and established a successful sleep laboratory at Tripler Army Medical Center and re-organized the sleep laboratory at Kaiser Permanente on Oahu, Hawaii.
She is currently the Technical Director of The Sleep Lab in Kaneohe, Hawaii which is also an accredited center through The American Academy of Sleep Medicine for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Home Sleep Apnea Testing and as a recognized specialty practice with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).