I am an MD/PhD trained, academic hospitalist studying the role of inpatient sleep on patient-centric
outcomes such as delirium. My clinical work as well as my interest in this area of research has led me to
focus on hospital-based issues that regularly impact acutely ill, older patients.
I pursued a combined MD/PhD at the University of Arizona, where I received strong mentorship for my
PhD training in neuroscience while working with Dr. Ralph Fregosi. My PhD training, in addition to
learning and perfecting rigorous techniques like electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, and Western
blotting, helped focus my creativity to ask important questions. Despite enjoying and succeeding in basic
science research, my increasing exposure to the hospital during medical school drew me from the bench
to the bedside. I moved to San Diego, CA for residency in Internal Medicine on the KL2 Research Track
at Scripps Clinic. This KL2 program has a strong track record of patient-centric research and translational
medicine. The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), under the auspices of Dr. Eric Topol and Dr. Steven
Steinhubl, is a leader in the field of Digital Medicine, which I feel has the ability to transform the way we
take care of patients both outside and inside the hospital.
I am interested in understanding how sleep impacts the brain, leading to delirium when people are admitted to the hospital. I have carefully measured the hospital environment for sleep, and have conducted multiple clinical trials to try and improve sleep using drugs like melatonin.