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Rachel Salas, MD

Rachel Marie E Salas, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

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Howard County General Hospital Sleep Center

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  • Assistant Professor of Neurology

Centers & Institutes

  • Sleep Disorders Center at Howard County General Hospital


Neurology, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Medicine, Snoring Disorders

Research Interests

Sleep Disorders; Transcranial stimulation


Dr. Rachel Salas' primary area of research interest involves exploring the underlying mechanisms of sleep and chronic sleep disorders such as insomnia and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). More specifically, her long-term goal is to better understand changes in cortical activity associated with insomnia and RLS, in order to improve treatment for these conditions.

In addition to her clinical research, Dr. Salas is involved in medical student, resident, and fellow education and currently serves as the Co-Director of the Neurology Core Clerkship for Medical Students and is the Co-Director for the Neurology Resident and Neurophysiology Fellow JHH Sleep Rotation. She is particularly interested in enhancing sleep education at all levels.

Dr. Salas attended St. Marys University in San Antonio where she received a B.S. in biology. She went on to earn her medical degree at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where she also completed her medical internship and Neurology residency. After her Chief Resident year, Dr. Salas completed a two-year Sleep Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During that time, she also began training in non-invasive cortical stimulation techniques at Johns Hopkins.


  • English
  • Spanish


2007 present American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
2007 present Society of Neuroscience, Member
2005 present World Association of Sleep Medicine, Member
2004 present National Sleep Foundation, Member
2004 present American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Member
2003 present American Medical Association, Member
2002 present American Academy of Neurology, Member

Additional Resources

Additional Resources +
  • Education +


    • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (Galveston TX ) (2002)


    • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine / Neurology (Galveston TX ) (2006)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Sleep Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (2008)


    • Sleep Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2009)
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2007)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Gamaldo CE and Salas RE. Sleep medicine education: are medical schools and residency programs napping on the job? Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2008 Jun;4(6):344-45.

    2. Salas RE, Gamaldo CE. Adverse effects of sleep deprivation in the ICU. Crit Care Clin. 2008 Jul;24(3):461-76, v-vi.

    3. Collop N, Salas R, Delayo M, Gamaldo C. Normal Sleep and Circadian Processes. In: Sleep and the ICU, Critical Care Clinics. Guest Editor: Collop N; Elsevier Inc, Philadelphia, PA, 2008, Vol. 24, Issue 3, Pages 449-460.

    4. Salas RE, Gamaldo CE, Allen RP, Earley CJ. Quiescegenic Nocturnal Dyskinesia: A restless legs syndrome (RLS) variant or a new syndrome? Sleep Med. 2008, Aug 13 [Epub ahead of print]

    5. Gamaldo, CE, Salas, RE, Collop NA. Sleep Medicine Pearls: Complex arrhythmia during a sleep study What to do? JCSM. 2008, in press.

    6. Salas,RE, Allen,RP, Earley,CJ, Gamaldo,CE. Drug hoarding: A Case of Atypical Dopamine Dysregulation Syndrome in a RLS patient. Movement Disorders, 2009 Jan 9.

    7. Salas,RE, Allen,RP, Earley,CJ, Gamaldo,CE. A Case of Compulsive Behaviors Observed in a RLS Patient Treated with a Dopamine Agonist. Sleep, accepted for publication 2009.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    2015 Recipient of the 2015 American Academy of Neurology Clerkship Director Innovation Award
    2006 John R. Calverley Best Overall Neurology Resident Award
    2006 Best Overall Hospital Resident Nominee (UTMB)
    2003 Neurology Resident Teaching Award
    2002 Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology
    2001 Fellow for the Arthur Ashe for HIV Healthcare Program at Harvard AIDS Institute
    2000 Crawford and Hattie Jackson Foundation Award for Medical Education
    2000-2002 National League of United Latin American Citizens Scholarship Award
    1998 Deans List for Undergraduate Excellence

    Professional Activities

    2008 present Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    2008 present Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    2008 present Co-Director, JHH Neurology Resident and Neurophysiology Fellow, Sleep Medicine Rotation Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    2008 2009 Co-Director, Medical Students Clinical Skills Course for Neurology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Videos & Media +

    Video Links

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    Doctors: Sleep texting becoming more prevalent, WBAL-TV (02/24/2015)

    Insomniacs may have more ‘excitable’ brains compared to good sleepers, FOX News (03/03/2014)

    Brains 'always running': Insomnia is a 24-hour problem, The Today Show (02/28/2014)

    Insomniac? You Might Have a Hyperactive Brain, TIME (02/28/2014)

    Bizarre New Sleep Disorder on the Rise, WBFF-TV (02/25/2014)

    Real life ‘Inception’: Headband lets you control your dreams, FOX News (01/16/2014)

    Conozca cómo tratar el insomnio sin medicamentos, Univision (11/19/2013)

    The Benefits of a Sleep Buddy, Wall Street Journal (11/04/2013)

  • Events +
  • Contact & Locations +


    Howard County General Hospital Sleep Center
    5755 Cedar Lane
    Columbia, MD 21044
    Phone: 800-937-5337
    Appointment Phone: 800-937-5337
    Fax: 866-214-8799
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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-550-1044
    Appointment Phone: 410-550-1044
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-9441, 410-550-5864
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    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    4940 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Appointment Phone: 410-550-5624
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