Dr. Lankford has served as the Chief Science Officer since 2010. Currently, he is the Director of Research for The Neuro Center in Gainesville, GA, sits on the Medical Advisory Committee for AirAvant Medical and the Research Advisory Board for Northside Hospital. While serving as both the Director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Georgia and the Principal Investigator for its Research Division, he conducted over 175 clinical trials. He is widely published in prominent journals such as Sleep, Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and sits on numerous Medical Advisory Boards and Speakers Bureaus.
Dr. Lankford became the first Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine in Georgia in 1987, and cofounded and directed the first American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited sleep disorders center in Georgia in 1984. He cofounded the Sleep Disorders Center of Georgia in 1989 and has served continuously as its Director as well as CEO/President. He has started over 70 sleep centers in his 35 years in the field of Sleep Medicine.
He is a nationally recognized expert in ambulatory/portable sleep diagnostics, having conducted over 26,000 such tests from his facility. He is a noted expert in high compliance outcomes, having conducted the first clinical trial on ResTraxx Wireless Monitoring, which was published in the Journal of Telemedicine in 2003.
Formerly he was Founder/Vice Chairman of Sleep Sciences and Founder/Director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Before that he was Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, Texas. He is also a former Site Visitor for the AASM Accreditation Committee as well as the former Co-Chairman of the AASM Health Policy and Reimbursement Committee. He has served on the National Sleep Foundation Faculty and is a Founding/Lifetime Member of its Pickwick Club.
Dr. Lankford received his Masters and Doctorate at the University of Georgia. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. His fields of interest include sleep disorders in transportation/high risk occupations, insomnia, insomnia associated co-morbidities and pharmaceutical research.