RBD expert Carlos H. Schenck, MD, starts at the beginning.
In 1982, Carlos H. Schenck, MD, evaluated his first sleep medicine patients. A staff psychiatrist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Schenck had long held an interest in neurophysiology. So it was serendipitous timing that the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center (MRSDC)—which had opened its doors at Hennepin County Medical Center in 1978 as a department of neurology initiative—was expanding its physician base to become a multidisciplinary sleep center. Doctors in other departments were asked if they were interested in practicing some sleep medicine. Since much of sleep medicine and sleep science involves neurophysiology during sleep, Schenck signed up.
As it happened, Schenck’s first day working part-time at the sleep center coincided with the appointment of a patient named Donald Dorff. Dorff told Schenck about his violent dreams and how he’d wake up injured and with his bedroom in disarray, apparently the result of unknowingly acting out those dreams. Dorff was scheduled for an overnight sleep study.