Sairam Parthasarathy

Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, UA

Monday, May 3, 2021,

2:30-3:30 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar*


The role of sleep in the Coronavirus pandemic warrants serious attention. During the social isolation engendered by the pandemic, many individuals have suffered from insomnia and related adverse consequences. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea, for example, are at increased risk for developing COVID-related hospitalizations. Survivors of COVID-19 are more likely to suffer from symptoms of insomnia as well as to manifest greater prevalence of sleep apnea. Dr. Parthasarathy’s talk will focus on these closely related conditions and provide the audience valuable information regarding the inter-relationship between COVID and sleep.

Sairam Parthasarathy is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Director for the UA Health Systems Center of Sleep & Circadian Science, and Medical Director for the Center for Sleep Disorders at UA. His current research is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Heart, Lung, and BIood Institute, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation and industry funding. Dr. Parthasarathy is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Sleep & Vigilance, and Frontiers of Neurology and as an editorial board member of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

His research focuses on sleep and breathing in ambulatory patients with sleep disorders, critically ill patients, and survivors of critical illness. Specifically, his current PCORI-funded initiative is addressing peer-driven intervention for promotion of CPAP adherence. His NIH-funded research investigates the role of community engagement in to address COVID-related health disparities and an NIH-funded training program for underrepresented minorities in lung and sleep apnea research. He is committed to training and fostering young scientific investigators in the pursuit of sleep and circadian science.

Edited by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer

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May 3: “Sleep and Coronavirus”