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Rachel Salas, M.D.

Rachel Marie E Salas, M.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology

Female  | Languages: English, Spanish

Appointment Phone

800-937-5337

Main Location

Howard County General Hospital Sleep Center

Out-of-State & International Patients +
Out of State Patients

Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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International Patients

Call +1-410-502-7683 (7a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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Titles

  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Centers & Institutes

Departments

Locations

Howard County General Hospital Sleep Center

Appointment Phone: 800-937-5337

5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044 map
Phone: 800-937-5337
Fax: 866-214-8799

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-550-1044

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-550-1044

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Carnegie 446D1
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-9441

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-550-5864

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

GI Clinic
4940 Eastern Avenue
A Building, 5th floor
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-550-5624

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Oculoplastics, Room A623
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Expertise

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

Research Interests

Sleep Disorders; Transcranial stimulation

Biography

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.

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What is Insomnia - Diagnosis and Treatments

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    Additional Information

  • Education +

    Degrees

    • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine / MD (2002)

    Residencies

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

    Fellowships

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

    Certifications

    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology (2007)
    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Sleep Medicine (2009)
  • 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 +

    Honors

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

    Memberships

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

    Professional Activities

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

    Videos

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

    Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

    Diagnosing Sleep Disorders -- New Techniques and at Home Sleep Studies

    Restless Legs Syndrome and Sleep - Diagnosis and Treatments

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    7 Sleep Doctors Reveal Their Favorite Tricks for Falling Asleep Fast, Men's Health (08/05/2015)

    What Your Favorite Sleep Position Says About You, Yahoo Health (06/15/2015)

    5 Sleep Problems Nobody Talks About, Fox News (06/04/2015)

    New app helps doctors diagnose sleep disorders, the Johns Hopkins News-letter (04/23/2015)

    Johns Hopkins doctors develop app to identify sleep disorders, Baltimore Business Journal (03/31/2015)

    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)

    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)

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