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Naresh M. Punjabi, MD

  • Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • School of Medicine (Primary)
  • Epidemiology (Joint)
    • Division: Cardiovascular and Clinical Epidemiology

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My current research focuses on the epidemiology of sleep apnea with a particular emphasis on associated sequelae including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease. I have been one of the principal investigators for the multi-center Sleep Heart Health Study which is an epidemiological study on the longitudinal effects of sleep apnea on hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and mortality. My clinical research laboratory is examining the independent effects of intermittent hypoxia on various pathways to help elucidate the links between sleep apnea, insulin resistance, and metabolic dysfunction.

Honors and Awards

  • Permanent Member, NIH Study Section (2008-2012)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2002)
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (2002)
  • Delta Omega Honor Society (2001)
    • Sleep Apnea, Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Insulin Resistance, and Type 2 Diabetes.
      1. Swihart BJ, Caffo B, James BD, Strand M, Schwartz BS, PUNJABI NM. Lasagna plots: a saucy alternative to spaghetti plots. Epidemiology. 2010; 21(5):621-5.

      2. Redline S, Yenokyan G, Gottlieb DJ, Shahar E, O’Connor GT, Resnick HE, Diener-West M, Sanders MH, Wolf PA, Geraghty EM, Ali T, Lebowitz M, PUNJABI NM. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Hypopnea and Incident Stroke: The Sleep Heart Health Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2010; 182(2): 269-77.

      3. Stamatakis KA, PUNJABI NM . Effects of sleep fragmentation on glucose metabolism in normal subjects. Chest 2010; 137(1): 95-101.

      4. PUNJABI NM. Do sleep disorders and associated treatments impact glucose metabolism? Drugs 2009; 69 Suppl 2:13-27.

      5. Crainiceanu CM, Caffo BS, Di C, PUNJABI NM. Nonparametric Signal Extraction and Measurement Error in the Analysis of Electroencephalographic Data. J Am Stat Assoc 2009; 104(486): 541-555.