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Indira Gurubhagavatula, M.D., MPH

Professor of Medicine (Sleep 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 Research Expertise

1. Screening for obstructive sleep apnea in high risk populations
2. Sleep, sleep disorders and public health
3. Sleep disordered breathing and cardiovascular disease
3. Economics of sleep apnea screening

Description of Clinical Expertise

1. Sleep disorders medicine
2. Pulmonary medicine
3. Critical care medicine

Selected Publications

KG Johnson, SS Sullivan, V Rastegar, I Gurubhagavatula: Sleep Medicine Health-Care Worker Concerns About COVID-19: An Early Pandemic Survey. Respiratory Care 66(11): 1729-38, November 2021.

KG Johnson, SS Sullivan, A Nti, V Rastegar, I Gurubhagavatula: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sleep Medicine Practices. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2020 Sep 23:jcsm-8830. 17(1): 79-87, Jan 2021.

B Izci-Balserak, B Zhu, I Gurubhagavatula, BT Keenan, GW Pien: A Screening Algorithm for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 16(10): 1286-1294, Oct 2019.

MM Lyons, JF Kraemer, R Dhingra, BT Keenan, N Wessel, M Glos, T Penzel, I Gurubhagavatula: Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Commercial Drivers Using EKG-Derived Respiratory Power Index. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 15(1): 23-32, January 2019 Notes: https://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.7562.

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 40(6): 955-963, Dec 2017.

S Jain, I Gurubhagavatula, R Townsend, ST Kuna, K Teff, TA Wadden, J Chittams, AL Hanlon, G Maislin, H Saif, P Broderick, Z Ahmad, AI Pack, JA Chirinos.: Effect of CPAP, Weight Loss, or CPAP Plus Weight Loss on Central Hemodynamics and Arterial Stiffness. Hypertension 70(6): 1283-1290, December 2017.

MM Lyons, BT Keenan, J Li, T Khan, N Elkasabanny, CM Walsh, NN Williams, AI Pack, I Gurubhagavatula: Symptomless Multi-Variable Apnea Prediction Index Assesses Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risk and Adverse Outcomes in Elective Surgery. Sleep 40(3): zsw081, March 2017.

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.

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. New England Journal of Medicine 370(24): 2265-2275, 2014.

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, October 2013.

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