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Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Patel's research interests focus on understanding the epidemiology of sleep disorders with particular emphasis on chronic partial sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea and the potential effects of these disorders on metabolism. He has published extensively on the subject of obesity management and glucose metabolism with sleep apnea, as well as the association between curtailed sleep and long term health effects. He has been one of the first to identify long sleep as a predictor of adverse health outcomes and is currently conducting a clinical trial evaluating the cardiovascular impact of treating sleep apnea in a diabetic population.
Other interests include identifying genetic risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea, understanding disparities in sleep disorders and their contribution towards cardiovascular health disparities, and identification of clinical and public health interventions to improve sleep in at-risk populations.
Dr. Patel's clinical interest focuses on the chronic management of sleep disorders in particular obstructive sleep apnea.