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Orange Regional Medical Center Physician Leader Selected for FDA Study Participation

July 10, 2013

Middletown, NY- Ofer Jacobowitz, MD, PhD, an Otolaryngologist and Sleep Medicine specialist, was one of three doctors selected in the United States to participate in a FDA study for ImThera Medical’s aura6000™, a neurostimulation device for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Dr. Jacobowitz, the Associate Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine, has implanted the device in five patients at Orange Regional.

The aura6000™ device was designed to increase the upper airway opening during sleep by preventing the tongue from blocking the airway. The small battery powered device is implanted under the skin and is programmed by a physician and customized for each patient.

“To be selected for this FDA study is a tremendous honor,” says Dr. Jacobowitz. “This device offers hope to those patients that are unable to use CPAP, an air pressure device, to get a good night’s sleep.”

Dr. Jacobowitz is a highly experienced clinician with more than 12 years practice in Otolaryngology and maintains board certifications in Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine. He is an active member of national sleep committees and task forces and served as Orange Regional’s Department Chairman of Otolaryngology from 2007 – 2010. Dr. Jacobowitz is a national and international speaker, author and editor of sleep publications on obstructive sleep apnea and is a partner with Hudson Valley Ear, Nose and Throat P.C. Dr. Jacobowitz completed his Medical School training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

For more information about on sleep services at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/sleepcenter.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine
Sleep study services performed at Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine aid in the diagnosis of potential sleep disorders that may also contribute to other health related conditions. A sleep study is a painless, non-invasive test that allows specially-trained technicians to monitor a patient’s breathing, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, eye movement, muscle tone and other factors. Sleep studies take place in our state-of-the-art facility located in the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion at 75 Crystal Run Road, Middletown, New York and offers the latest diagnostic technology in a quiet, comfortable and peaceful environment.

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