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Indira Gurubhagavatula, M.D., MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Division of Sleep Medicine
3624 Market Street, Suite 205
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-7772
Fax: 215-615-4875
B.A. (Applied Mathematics)
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, 1986.
B.A. (Biology)
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, 1986.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1990.
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1994.
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Description of CVI Expertise

CVI Program Unit(s):
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention

CVI Research Description:
My scientific interest involves the intersection of cardiovascular disease and sleep-disordered breathing. My research is clinical and includes assessment of screening strategies for obstructive sleep apnea in high-risk patients -- those with coronary artery disease or hypertension. I am also interested in evaluating cardiovascular outcomes of treatment of sleep apnea, and in assessing the economics of screening for sleep apnea in high-risk populations.

I collaborated on an NIH-funded RO1 grant with Drs. Rick Samaha and Julio Chirinos. We evaluated sleep apnea treatment and its effects on biomarkers of cardiovascular risk.

Selected Publications

D. Chirinos, I. Gurubhagavatula, P Broderick, J Chirinos, K Teff, T Wadden, G Maislin, H Saif, J Chittams, C Cassidy, A Hanson, AI Pack: Depressive symptoms in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Biological Mechanistic Pathways. Journal of Behavioral Medicine June 2017 Notes: In Press.

M. Melanie Lyons, PhD, MSN, ACNP, Brendan T. Keenan, MS, Junxin Li, PhD, MSN, Tanya Khan, BA, Nabil Elkasabanny, MD, MSCE, Colleen M. Walsh, MS, Noel N. Williams, MBChB, MCh, FRCSI, FRCS, Allan I. Pack, MBChB, PhD, FRCP, Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH: Symptomless Multi-Variable Apnea Prediction Index Assesses Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risk and Adverse Outcomes in Elective Surgery. Sleep 40(3), January 2017.

JA Chirinos, I Gurubhagavatula, K Teff, DJ Rader, TA Wadden, R Townsend, GD Foster, G Maislin, H Saif, P Broderick, J Chittams, AL Hanlon, AI Pack: CPAP, weight loss, or both for obstructive sleep apnea. N Engl J Med 370(24): 2265-2275, June 2014.

MA Grandner, S Chakravorty, ML Perlis, L Oliver, I Gurubhagavatula: Habitual sleep duration associated with self-reported and objectively-determined cardiometabolic risk factors. Sleep Medicine 15(1): 42-50, January 2014.

A Platt, S Hurley, H Soto-Calderon, W Wieland, B Staley, G Maislin, I Gurubhagavatula: Hits and Misses: Screening Commercial Drivers for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using Guidelines Recommended by a Joint Task Force. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 55(9): 1035-40, September 2013.

I Gurubhagavatula, BG Fields, CR Morales, S Hurley, GW Pien, LC Wick, BA Staley, RR Townsend, G Maislin: Screening for severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in hypertensive outpatients. Journal of Clinical Hypertension 15(4): 279-288, April 2013.

M Sands, M Grandner, J Whinnery, BT Keenan, N Jackson, I Gurubhagavatula: Predicting ethno-racial subgroups with hypertension using sleep apnea screening in a nationally-representative sample: Results of NHANES. Journal of Clinical Hypertension 2013.

Q Maia, MA Grandner, J Findley, I Gurubhagavatula: Short and long sleep duration and risk of drowsy driving and the role of subjective sleep insufficiency. Accident Analysis and Prevention 59: 618-622, 2013.

BY Sunwoo, N Jackson, G Maislin, I Gurubhagavatula, CF George, AI Pack: Reliability of a single objective measure in assessing sleepiness. Sleep 35(1): 149-158, 2012.

TE Weaver, C Mancini, G Maislin, J Cater, B Staley, JR Landis, S Ellenberg, KA Ferguson, CFP George, DA Schulman, H Greenberg, DM Rapoport, JA Walsleben, T Lee-Chiong, I Gurubhagavatula, ST Kuna: Continuous positive airway pressure treatment of sleepy patients with milder obstructive sleep apnea: results of the CPAP Apnea Trial North American Program CATNAP randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 186(7): 677-683, 2012.

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