Rochelle Zak, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
AddressMt Zion,2330 Post Street,MOB 1
San Francisco CA 94115
Phone415-885-7886
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    New York HospitalNeurology Residence and Sleep Fellowship
    UCLA School of MedicineMD

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    Dr. Zak is a neurologist who specializes in sleep medicine. She has a particular interest in Restless Legs Syndrome but sees patients with all types of sleep disorders. She believes that her patients should understand their disease as well as she does and enjoys teaching patients about the causes of sleep disorders. Her research is in the area of mid-life women's sleep and she is actively involved in the generation of evidence-based treatment recommendations by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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    1. Sleep Self-Report and Actigraphy Measures in Healthy Midlife Women: Validity of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 07; 31(7):965-973. Zak RS, Zitser J, Jones HJ, Gilliss CL, Lee KA. PMID: 35230171; PMCID: PMC9299524.
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    2. Sleep questionnaire copyright fees can benefit research: a response to Chiang and Folz. Sleep. 2021 12 10; 44(12). Zak RS, Winkelman JW. PMID: 34726232.
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    3. The glass is half full: gender diversity in sleep medicine award recognition. J Clin Sleep Med. 2021 08 01; 17(8):1517-1518. Zak RS, Lee KA. PMID: 34047691; PMCID: PMC8656911.
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    4. Processed electroencephalography: impact of patient age and surgical position on intraoperative processed electroencephalogram monitoring of burst-suppression. J Clin Monit Comput. 2022 Aug; 36(4):1099-1107. Pleasants D, Zak R, Ashbrook LH, Zhang L, Tang C, Tran D, Wang M, Tabatabai S, Leung JM. PMID: 34245405.
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    5. Supporting American Academy of Neurology's new clinical practice guideline on evaluation and management of insomnia in children with autism. J Clin Sleep Med. 2020 06 15; 16(6):989-990. Rosen CL, Aurora RN, Kapur VK, Ramos AR, Rowley JA, Troester MM, Zak RS. PMID: 32125270; PMCID: PMC7849669.
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    6. Sleep disruption is not observed with brain-responsive neurostimulation for epilepsy. Epilepsia Open. 2020 Jun; 5(2):155-165. Ruoff L, Jarosiewicz B, Zak R, Tcheng TK, Neylan TC, Rao VR. PMID: 32524041; PMCID: PMC7278540.
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    7. Validation of the self-administered version of the international restless legs syndrome study group severity rating scale - the sIRLS. Sleep Medicine. 2019 Dec 1; 64:s346. Sharon SD, Allen AR, Martinez-Martin MP, Walters WA, Strambi SL, Hogl HB, Trotti TL, Buchfuhrer BM, Swieca SJ, Bogan BR, Zak ZR, Hensley HJ, Schaefer SL, Marelli MS, Zucconi ZM, Stefani SA, Holzknecht HE, Olvera OV, Meaklim MH, Laska LI, Becker BP, Group GI. .
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    8. 0656 Validation of the Self-administered Version of the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group Severity Rating Scale - the sIRLS. Sleep. 2019 Apr 13; 42(Supplement_1):a261-a262. Sharon SD, Allen AR, Martinez-Martin MP, Walters WA, Ferini-Strambi FL, Högl HB, Trotti TL, Buchfuhrer BM, Swieca SJ, Bogan BR, Zak ZR, Becker BP. .
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    9. Validation of the self-administered version of the international Restless Legs Syndrome study group severity rating scale - The sIRLS. Sleep Med. 2019 02; 54:94-100. Sharon D, Allen RP, Martinez-Martin P, Walters AS, Ferini Strambi L, Högl B, Trotti LM, Buchfuhrer M, Swieca J, Bogan RK, Zak R, Hensley JG, Schaefer LA, Marelli S, Zucconi M, Stefani A, Holzknecht E, Olvera V, Meaklim H, Laska I, Becker PM, International RLS Study Group. PMID: 30529783.
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    10. Sleep Disturbances in Midlife Women at the Cusp of the Menopausal Transition. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 07 15; 14(7):1127-1133. Jones HJ, Zak R, Lee KA. PMID: 29991421; PMCID: PMC6040789.
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    11. Position Paper for the Treatment of Nightmare Disorder in Adults: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Position Paper. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 06 15; 14(6):1041-1055. Morgenthaler TI, Auerbach S, Casey KR, Kristo D, Maganti R, Ramar K, Zak R, Kartje R. PMID: 29852917; PMCID: PMC5991964.
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    12. Burst-suppression ratio underestimates absolute duration of electroencephalogram suppression compared with visual analysis of intraoperative electroencephalogram. Br J Anaesth. 2017 May 01; 118(5):755-761. Muhlhofer WG, Zak R, Kamal T, Rizvi B, Sands LP, Yuan M, Zhang X, Leung JM. PMID: 28486575; PMCID: PMC6224027.
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    13. World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) 2016 standards for recording and scoring leg movements in polysomnograms developed by a joint task force from the International and the European Restless Legs Syndrome Study Groups (IRLSSG and EURLSSG). Sleep Med. 2016 10; 26:86-95. Ferri R, Fulda S, Allen RP, Zucconi M, Bruni O, Chokroverty S, Ferini-Strambi L, Frauscher B, Garcia-Borreguero D, Hirshkowitz M, Högl B, Inoue Y, Jahangir A, Manconi M, Marcus CL, Picchietti DL, Plazzi G, Winkelman JW, Zak RS, International and European Restless Legs Syndrome Study Groups (IRLSSG and EURLSSG). PMID: 27890390.
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    14. Keep Calm and Debate On. J Clin Sleep Med. 2016 09 15; 12(9):1315-6. Aurora RN, Bista SR, Casey KR, Chowdhuri S, Kristo DA, Mallea JM, Ramar K, Rowley JA, Zak RS, Heald JL. PMID: 27568903; PMCID: PMC4990959.
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    15. The Feasibility and Utility of Continuous Sleep Monitoring in Critically Ill Patients Using a Portable Electroencephalography Monitor. Anesth Analg. 2016 07; 123(1):206-12. Vacas S, McInrue E, Gropper MA, Maze M, Zak R, Lim E, Leung JM. PMID: 27159066; PMCID: PMC5493322.
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    16. Updated Adaptive Servo-Ventilation Recommendations for the 2012 AASM Guideline: "The Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea Syndromes in Adults: Practice Parameters with an Evidence-Based Literature Review and Meta-Analyses". J Clin Sleep Med. 2016 05 15; 12(5):757-61. Aurora RN, Bista SR, Casey KR, Chowdhuri S, Kristo DA, Mallea JM, Ramar K, Rowley JA, Zak RS, Heald JL. PMID: 27092695; PMCID: PMC4865563.
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    17. Dopaminergic Therapy for Restless Legs Syndrome/Willis-Ekbom Disease. Sleep Med Clin. 2015 Sep; 10(3):279-85, xiii. Zak RS, Walters AS. PMID: 26329437.
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    18. Quality measures for the care of adult patients with restless legs syndrome. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Mar 15; 11(3):293-310. Trotti LM, Goldstein CA, Harrod CG, Koo BB, Sharon D, Zak R, Chervin RD. PMID: 25700882; PMCID: PMC4346652.
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    19. Cytokine polymorphisms and plasma levels are associated with sleep onset insomnia in adults living with HIV/AIDS. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Jul; 47:58-65. Gay CL, Zak RS, Lerdal A, Pullinger CR, Aouizerat BE, Lee KA. PMID: 25535857; PMCID: PMC4468032.
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    20. Cytokine polymorphisms are associated with poor sleep maintenance in adults living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Sleep. 2014 Mar 01; 37(3):453-63. Lee KA, Gay C, Pullinger CR, Hennessy MD, Zak RS, Aouizerat BE. PMID: 24587567; PMCID: PMC3920310.
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    21. The Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in Adults—An Update for 2012: Practice Parameters with an Evidence-Based Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses. FOCUS The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry. 2014 Jan 1; 12(1):99-121. Aurora AR, Kristo KD, Bista BS, Rowley RJ, Zak ZR, Casey CK, Lamm LC, Tracy TS, Rosenberg RR. .
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    22. Polymorphisms of interleukin-1 Beta and interleukin-17Alpha genes are associated with restless legs syndrome. Biol Res Nurs. 2014 Apr; 16(2):143-51. Hennessy MD, Zak RS, Gay CL, Pullinger CR, Lee KA, Aouizerat BE. PMID: 23460603; PMCID: PMC5697711.
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    23. Practice parameters for the non-respiratory indications for polysomnography and multiple sleep latency testing for children. Sleep. 2012 Nov 01; 35(11):1467-73. Aurora RN, Lamm CI, Zak RS, Kristo DA, Bista SR, Rowley JA, Casey KR. PMID: 23115395; PMCID: PMC3466793.
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    24. Treatment of Central Sleep Apnea Syndromes. Sleep. 2012 Sep 1; 35(9):1199-1199. Ramar RK, Aurora AR, Chowdhuri CS, Bista BS, Casey CK, Lamm LC, Kristo KD, Mallea MJ, Rowley RJ, Zak ZR, Tracy TS. .
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    25. Update to the AASM Clinical Practice Guideline: "The treatment of restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder in adults-an update for 2012: practice parameters with an evidence-based systematic review and meta-analyses". Sleep. 2012 Aug 01; 35(8):1037. Aurora RN, Kristo DA, Bista SR, Rowley JA, Zak RS, Casey KR, Lamm CI, Tracy SL, Rosenberg RS. PMID: 22851800; PMCID: PMC3397810.
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    26. The treatment of restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder in adults--an update for 2012: practice parameters with an evidence-based systematic review and meta-analyses: an American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline. Sleep. 2012 Aug 01; 35(8):1039-62. Aurora RN, Kristo DA, Bista SR, Rowley JA, Zak RS, Casey KR, Lamm CI, Tracy SL, Rosenberg RS, American Academy of Sleep Medicine. PMID: 22851801; PMCID: PMC3397811.
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    27. What can be learned from high-resolution sleep data using ECoG. BMC Neuroscience. 2012 Jul 1; 13(Suppl 1):p94. Dadok DV, Szeri SA, Kirsch KH, Sleigh SJ, Zak ZR, Lopour LB. .
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    28. The treatment of central sleep apnea syndromes in adults: practice parameters with an evidence-based literature review and meta-analyses. Sleep. 2012 Jan 01; 35(1):17-40. Aurora RN, Chowdhuri S, Ramar K, Bista SR, Casey KR, Lamm CI, Kristo DA, Mallea JM, Rowley JA, Zak RS, Tracy SL. PMID: 22215916; PMCID: PMC3242685.
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    29. Revisiting Evidence-Based Guidelines: Not Such a Nightmare. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2011 Oct 15. Aurora AR, Zak ZR, Auerbach AS, Casey CK, Chowdhuri CS, Karippot KA, Maganti MR, Ramar RK, Kristo KD, Bista BS, Lamm LC, Morgenthaler MT. .
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    30. Practice parameters for the respiratory indications for polysomnography in children. Sleep. 2011 Mar 01; 34(3):379-88. Aurora RN, Zak RS, Karippot A, Lamm CI, Morgenthaler TI, Auerbach SH, Bista SR, Casey KR, Chowdhuri S, Kristo DA, Ramar K, American Academy of Sleep Medicine. PMID: 21359087; PMCID: PMC3041715.
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    31. Practice parameters for the surgical modifications of the upper airway for obstructive sleep apnea in adults. Sleep. 2010 Oct; 33(10):1408-13. Aurora RN, Casey KR, Kristo D, Auerbach S, Bista SR, Chowdhuri S, Karippot A, Lamm C, Ramar K, Zak R, Morgenthaler TI, American Academy of Sleep Medicine. PMID: 21061864; PMCID: PMC2941428.
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    32. Best practice guide for the treatment of nightmare disorder in adults. J Clin Sleep Med. 2010 Aug 15; 6(4):389-401. Aurora RN, Zak RS, Auerbach SH, Casey KR, Chowdhuri S, Karippot A, Maganti RK, Ramar K, Kristo DA, Bista SR, Lamm CI, Morgenthaler TI, Standards of Practice Committee, American Academy of Sleep Medicine. PMID: 20726290; PMCID: PMC2919672.
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    33. Best practice guide for the treatment of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). J Clin Sleep Med. 2010 Feb 15; 6(1):85-95. Aurora RN, Zak RS, Maganti RK, Auerbach SH, Casey KR, Chowdhuri S, Karippot A, Ramar K, Kristo DA, Morgenthaler TI, Standards of Practice Committee, American Academy of Sleep Medicine. PMID: 20191945; PMCID: PMC2823283.
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    34. Preliminary study of the prevalence of restless legs syndrome in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Percept Mot Skills. 2009 Jun; 108(3):759-63. Zak R, Fisher B, Couvadelli BV, Moss NM, Walters AS. PMID: 19725311.
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    35. Practice parameters for the use of autotitrating continuous positive airway pressure devices for titrating pressures and treating adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: an update for 2007. An American Academy of Sleep Medicine report. Sleep. 2008 Jan; 31(1):141-7. Morgenthaler TI, Aurora RN, Brown T, Zak R, Alessi C, Boehlecke B, Chesson AL, Friedman L, Kapur V, Maganti R, Owens J, Pancer J, Swick TJ, Standards of Practice Committee of the AASM, American Academy of Sleep Medicine. PMID: 18220088; PMCID: PMC2225554.
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    36. Practice parameters for the treatment of narcolepsy and other hypersomnias of central origin. Sleep. 2007 Dec; 30(12):1705-11. Morgenthaler TI, Kapur VK, Brown T, Swick TJ, Alessi C, Aurora RN, Boehlecke B, Chesson AL, Friedman L, Maganti R, Owens J, Pancer J, Zak R, Standards of Practice Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. PMID: 18246980; PMCID: PMC2276123.
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    37. Practice Parameters for the Treatment of Narcolepsy and other Hypersomnias of Central Origin. Sleep. 2007 Dec 1; 30(12):1705-s9. Morgenthaler MT, Kapur KV, Brown BT, Swick ST, Alessi AC, Aurora AR, Boehlecke BB, Chesson CA, Friedman FL, Maganti MR, Owens OJ, Pancer PJ, Zak ZR. .
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    38. Practice parameters for the clinical evaluation and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders. An American Academy of Sleep Medicine report. Sleep. 2007 Nov; 30(11):1445-59. Morgenthaler TI, Lee-Chiong T, Alessi C, Friedman L, Aurora RN, Boehlecke B, Brown T, Chesson AL, Kapur V, Maganti R, Owens J, Pancer J, Swick TJ, Zak R, Standards of Practice Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. PMID: 18041479; PMCID: PMC2082098.
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    39. The Impact of Life Cycle on Sleep in Women. . 2006 Jan 1; 29-45. Moline MM, Broch BL, Zak ZR. .
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    40. Sleep in women across the life cycle from adulthood through menopause. Med Clin North Am. 2004 May; 88(3):705-36, ix. Moline ML, Broch L, Zak R. PMID: 15087212.
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    41. Quipazine has a biphasic effect on slow wave sleep and reduces REM sleep rebound in REM sleep deprived rats. Brain Res Bull. 1982 Mar; 8(3):329-31. Zak R, Radulovacki M. PMID: 7093740.
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    42. Amphetamine abolishes REM sleep rebound in rats: effect of single injection. Brain Res. 1981 Aug 03; 217(2):420-4. Radulovacki M, Zak R. PMID: 7248800.
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