Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Surgeon is Florida’s Top Provider for Inspire Sleep Therapy

St. Petersburg, FL (May 8, 2023)– Bayfront Health St. Petersburg physician Dr. Julia Pfaff, DO is now the United States’ number two provider of the Inspire sleep therapy system. She is also Florida’s top provider of the procedure. Dr. Pfaff achieved these major milestones at the end of 2022.

Inspire 200 crew

Inspire is an option for patients who may be looking for an alternative to using a CPAP machine to help with their condition. The sleep therapy system works by a having a device implanted in the body. It’s designed to open the airway each time the patient initiates a breath. It prevents airway obstruction from the inside out as patients sleep. Patients control the device with a remote control, turning it on just before bed and switching it off when they wake up. Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Pfaff has been performing Inspire sleep therapy treatments since 2021.

This year Dr. Pfaff, who is rated as an Excellence Program Member of Inspire, reached another milestone, performing her 200th procedure to treat a patient suffering from sleep apnea.

“We are so proud to know that we are changing so many lives of people looking for a good night’s sleep” said Dr. Trina Espinola, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Chief Medical Officer. “Learning that Dr. Pfaff is the number two provider in the nation and the number one provider of Inspire sleep therapy in Florida, speaks to the exceptional clinicians Bayfront Health attracts to the Orlando Health network of hospitals. It also shows our patients trust us with the high level of care we provide every day.”


About Bayfront Health

The 480-bed Bayfront Health St. Petersburg was founded in 1910. It was acquired October 1, 2020 by Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8.1 billion of assets under management. The hospital’s areas of clinical excellence include heart and vascular, surgical services, rehabilitation services, neurosciences, maternity care and – as home to the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in the St. Petersburg region – emergency services and trauma care.

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is integral to the 3,238-bed Orlando Health system that includes 23 hospitals and emergency departments – 18 of which are currently operational with five coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, more than 100 adult and pediatric primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 60 outpatient facilities that include imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,000 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 25,000 team members and more than 1,200 physicians.

Orlando Health’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows including more than 40 who are enrolled at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Pharmacy programs.

In FY22, Orlando Health served nearly 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided more than $782 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more in FY 21, the most recent period for which this information is available. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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