About Dr. Maha

Dr. Maha Alattar is a sleep medicine specialist. As a neurologist, she views sleep as a function of a healthy brain and body. Her goal in treating people with sleep issues is to address their individual needs, life’s challenges and focus on the positive aspect of treatment- health.

As a speaker and lecturer, Dr. Maha has traveled around the county to update primary care physicians and nurses on the importance of diagnosing and treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.

Teaching is a responsibility Dr. Maha cherishes and enjoys in her practice. She trains many physicians, nurses and technicians about management of sleep problems such as insomnia, restless legs or sleep walking in their patient population.

Dr. Maha has a monthly column, titled “Brain Power”at The Free-Lance Star, the local newspaper, which voted her column as one of the best additions to the newspaper for 2010. She also speaks on the local radio about sleep-related topics.

Work and Training:

  •  Dr. Maha currently works in Fredericksburg, Virginia as a practicing neurologist and sleep medicine specialist.
    She is the Director of the Stroke Program at Mary Washington Healthcare and Assistant Director of the Sleep and Wake Center.
    The Stroke Program was featured in U.S. News and World Report for 2010,2011,2013.
  • Faculty (Assistant professor of neurology) – The University of North Carolina
  •  Sleep Medicine, Fellowship – The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  •  Neurology residency- Georgetown University Hospitals in Washington, DC.
  •  Doctor of Medicine- The University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Memphis
  •  Diplomate, The American Board of Sleep Medicine
  •  Diplomate, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Book chapters:

Case studies in Sleep Neurology: Common and Uncommon Presentations. 2010. Dr Alattar’s contribution includes 3 cases (bruxism, restless arms syndrome, nightmares)

 A Case a Week: Sleep Disorders from the Cleveland Clinic. Her contribution was a chapter on stroke and sleep apnea. 2010.

Clinician’s Guide to Sleep Disorders. Dr Alattar contributed the chapter on Sleep in women, elderly, psychiatric illness.

Peer reviewed articles:

Alattar M, Harrington JJ, Mitchell CM, Sloane P. Sleep problems in primary care: a North Carolina Family Practice Research Network (NC-FP-RN) study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2007 Jul-Aug;20(4):365-74.

Shaheen NJ, Madanick RD, Alattar M, Morgan DR, Davis PH, Galanko JA, Spacek MB, Vaughn BV. Gastroesophageal reflux disease as an etiology of sleep disturbance in subjects with insomnia and minimal reflux symptoms: a pilot study of prevalence and response to therapy. Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Jun;53(6):1493-9.