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photo Sanjay R. Patel, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Director, Center for Sleep and Cardiovascular Outcomes Research

Medical Director, UPMC Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Program


Phone: 412-864-3838

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-3838
Fax: 412-692-2888
Administrative Assistant:
Mary Pat Rocco
Phone: 412-864-3838
Fax: 412-692-2888
Education and Training
MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
MS, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2005
Internship, Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1997
Residency, Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1999
Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Harvard Combined Pulmonary Fellowship, 2003
Research Interest
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.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Patel's clinical interest focuses on the chronic management of sleep disorders in particular obstructive sleep apnea.
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Selected Publications:
Cespedes, EM, Hu, FB, Redline, S, Rosner, B, Alcantra, C, Cai, J, Loredo, JS, Mossavar-Rahmani, Y, Ramos, AR, Reid, KJ, Shah, NA, Sotres-Alvarez, D, Zee, PC, Wang, R, Patel, SR. Comparison of Self-Reported Sleep Duration With Actigraphy: Results From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sueño Ancillary Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2016; 183: 561-73.
Bakker, JP, Weng, J, Wang, R, Redline, S, Punjabi, NM, Patel, SR. Associations between obstructive sleep apnea, sleep duration, and abnormal fasting glucose. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atheroclerosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015; 192: 745-53.
Gottlieb, DJ, Punjabi, NM, Mehra, R, Patel, SR, Quan, SF, Babineau, DC, Tracy, RP, Rueschman, M, Blumenthal, RS, Lewis, EF, Bhatt, DL, Redline, S. CPAP versus oxygen in obstructive sleep apnea. New Engl J Med. 2014; 370: 2276-85.
Patel, SR, Hayes, AL, Blackwell, T, Evans, DS, Ancoli-Israel, S, Wing, YK, Stone, KL. The association between sleep patterns and obesity in older adults. Int J Obes. 2014; 38: 115-64.
Gharib, SA, Seiger, AN, Hayes, AL, Mehra, R, Patel, SR. Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea alters transcriptional signatures in circulating leukocytes. Sleep. 2014; 37: 709-14.
Patel, SR, Goodloe, R, De, G, Kowgier, M, Weng, J, Buxbaum, SG, Cade, B, Fulop, T, Gharib, SA, Gottlieb, DJ, Hillman, D, Larkin, EK, Lauderdale, DS, Li, L, Mukherjee, S, Palmer, L, Zee, P, Zhu, X, Redline, S. Association of genetic loci with sleep apnea in European Americans and African-Americans: The Candidate Gene Association Resource (CARe). PLoS ONE. 2012; 7: e48836.
Patel, SR, Malhotra, A, Gao, X, Hu, FB, Neuman, MI, Fawzi, WW. A prospective study of sleep duration and pneumonia risk in women. Sleep. 2012; 35: 97-101.
Patel, SR, Blackwell, T, Redline, S, Ancoli-Israel, S, Cauley, JA, Hillier, Ta, Lewis, CE, Orwoll, ES, Stefanick, ML, Taylor, BC, Yaffe, K, Stone, KL. The association between sleep duration and obesity in older adults. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008; 32: 1825-34.
Patel, SR, Malhotra, A, Gottlieb, DJ, White, DP, Hu, FB. Association between reduced sleep and weight gain. Am J Epidemiol. 2006; 164: 947-54.
Patel, Sr, White, DP, Malhotra, A, Stanchina, ML, Ayas, NT. CPAP therapy is effective in treating sleepiness in a diverse population with obstructive sleep apnea: Results of a meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2003; 163: 565-71.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Encore Retrospective Review on Sleep Disorder Breathing Users
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Respironics
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2020
Title: Sleep Reading and CPAP Monitoring Center (SCC) to support the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network Trial of Continuous Positive Airway
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: George Washington University
Grant Number: U10 HD036804
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2024
Title: Mentored Patient Oriented Research in Sleep and Metabolic Disease
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: K24 HL127307
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2020
Title: Sleep and Cardiometabolic Health Disparities at US/Mexico Border: The Nogales Cardiometabolic health and Sleep (NoCHeS) Study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Arizona
Grant Number: R01 MD011600
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2022
Title: University of Pittsburgh Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Grant Number: U01 AI035043
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2019
Title: Impact of Poor Sleep on Inflammation and the Adenosine Signaling Pathway in HIV Infection
Role: Consortium Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL142118
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2022