Sleep Medicine Fellowship Research


David Rapoport, MD, is the Director of the Sleep Medicine Research Program. The goals of the program are to study sleep pathophysiology and study the effects that sleep and sleep disorders have on other organ systems as well as to maximize the opportunities for training and support for young academic researchers in this area. Dr. Rapoport’s team includes several NIH funded investigators i.e. Indu Ayappa, PhD , Neomi Shah, MD , and Neurologist Andrew Varga, MD. The sleep fellow will have numerous opportunities to collaborate with these researchers on various projects to contribute to the advancement of sleep medicine.




Vaishnavi Kundel (2018-2019) 




ASPIRE Fellowship Award and Stipend: American Thoracic Society, San Diego, CA. May 2018, Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly Meeting. Research training program for pulmonary and sleep physician scientists as part of a collaborative effort led by major academic institutions across the country, to provide fellows with the mentorship, collaboration, and shared resources to participate in sleep-related research training over a total of 4 years. 


American Thoracic Society, Washington D.C. May 2017, Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Abstract Scholarship: Multi-Vessel Assessment of Atherosclerotic Activity in Patients with Sleep Apnea Using a Hybrid Positron Emission Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PET/MRI)




Symposium Chair: “Central Sleep Apnea in Heart Failure: To treat or Not to Treat?” Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), SLEEP Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 2019.


Invited Attendee: American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Young Investigator Research Forum, Bethesda, MD April 2018


Editor: Resident and Fellow section of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM) September 2017 to present


American Thoracic Society: Co-chair, Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology (SRN) Early Career Working Group: May 2019 to present






Kundel, Vaishnavi, Shah, Neomi. Impact of Portable Sleep Testing. Sleep Medicine Clinics on Social and Economic Dimensions of Sleep Disorders, March 2017


Kundel V, Trivieri MG, Karakatsanis NA, Robson PM, Mani V, Kizer JR, Kaplan R, Fayad Z, Shah N (2018) “Assessment of atherosclerotic plaque activity in patients with sleep apnea using hybrid positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI): a feasibility study”. Sleep and Breathing. March 2018


David M Rosen MD,* Vaishnavi Kundel MD,* Michael Rueschman MPH, Robert Kaplan PhD, Na Guo MS, James G Wilson MD, Yuan-I Min PhD, Susan Redline MD, MPH, Neomi Shah MD, MPH, MS. “Self-Reported Snoring and Cardiovascular Disease Events: Results from the Jackson Heart Study” Sleep and Breathing. February 2019


Wilson DK, Polito CC, Haber MJ, Yancey A,  Martin GS, Isakov A, Anderson BJ, Kundel V, Sevransky JE. “Patient factors associated with the identification of sepsis in the ED.” AJ Emerg Med. October 2014


Seth Newman BA, Vaishnavi Kundel MD, Mika Matsuzaki PhD, Jorge R Kizer MD, Robert Kaplan PhD, Zahi Fayad PhD, Steven Shea MD,MS, Matthew Allison MD, MPH, Michael Criqui MD, Pamela L. Lutsey PhD, MPH, Robyn McClelland, PhD, Susan Redline, MD, MPH, Neomi Shah, MD, MPH, MS. “Sleep Apnea and Coronary Artery Calcium: Results from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)” (Forthcoming 2019)


Kundel, Vaishnavi, Shah, Neomi. Withdrawal of OSA Screening Regulation for Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators. CHEST Physician NetWorks. CHEST Newsletter September 2017.


Kundel, Vaishnavi, Shah, Neomi. Reforming the Sleep Apnea Care Delivery Paradigm: Sleep Center and Primary Care Integration. CHEST Newsletter March 2016


Powell, Charles; Kundel, Vaishnavi. Biologic Basis of Lung Cancer. Handbook of Lung Cancer and Other Thoracic Malignancies, September 2016.