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Rachel Salas, M.D.

Rachel Marie E Salas, M.D.

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  • Professor of Neurology


Neurology, Restless Legs Syndrome, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Medicine, Snoring Disorders more

Research Interests

Sleep disorders, medical education, interprofessional collaborative practice more

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Rachel Salas, M.D., earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from St. Mary’s University in Texas. She went on to complete medical school and a neurology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. After her chief resident year, she came to Baltimore to complete a two-year fellowship in sleep medicine at Johns Hopkins, and she joined the Department of Neurology in 2008 as an assistant professor. Currently, she is an associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, with a joint appointment at the school of nursing. Dr. Salas completed a Master of Education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 2018, and she is a certified strengths coach. She is the director of the neurology clerkship and the director of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPCP) for the school of medicine. She also serves as a faculty adviser for the Master of Education in health professions program at the school of education. In 2019, she was selected as a Macy Faculty Scholar.

Dr. Salas’ academic, educational and research pursuits are currently focused on IPCP and health systems science. She is invested in training future leaders and building teams in health care. While there has been increasing focus to deliver personalized approaches to care in clinical settings, these can deemphasize the importance of looking at patients as unique individuals and their life experiences, social support, goals and the like. An approach to care inculcated by IPCP can help clinical teams not only better communicate but also provide a more holistic understanding of the patient than any single clinician is able to, which can lead to improved outcomes. 

Dr. Salas’ clinical scientific pursuits are focused on seeking a better understanding of the neurophysiological changes associated with sleep disorders such as insomnia and restless legs syndrome, in order to promote better diagnosis, management and quality of life. more


  • Professor of Neurology

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


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


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology (Neurology) (2007)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Sleep Medicine)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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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.

Activities & Honors


  • John R. Calverley Best Overall Neurology Resident Award , 2006
  • Neurology Clerkship Director Innovation Award, American Academy of Neurology, 2015
  • Mosaic Initiative Award, Johns Hopkins, 2008
  • CFAR Faculty Scholar, Johns Hopkins, 2014
  • Clerkship Director Innovation Award, American Academy of Neurology, 2015
  • Young Investigator Award, International RLS Study Group (IRLSSG) and European RLS Study Group (EU-RLSSG) 2015 RLS/WED SCIENCE Summit, 2015
  • Student Excellence Award for MEHP Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, 2017
  • Clerkship Director Teaching Award, American Academy of Neurology, 2018
  • Teaching Award for Faculty Less than 10 Years, Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education, 2018
  • Burton A. Sandok Visiting Professor of Neurological Education, Mayo Clinic, 2019
  • Josiah Macy Jr. Faculty Scholar, The Macy Faculty Scholars Program, 2019 - 2021
  • Health Systems Science Scholar, American Medical Association, 2019
  • Visiting Professor, American Academy of Neurology, 2019 - 2020
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2020
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, 2020


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

Professional Activities

  • Founder and Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Predoctoral Program, 2011
  • Founder and Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Osler Apprenticeship, 2012
  • Assistant Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep, 2013
  • Director for Ambulatory Sleep Services, Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep, 2013
  • Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Osler Attending Preceptor Program in Neurology, 2013
  • Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Nursing, 2015
  • Adjunct Professor, St. Mary's University, 2015
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Medical Student Neurology Clerkship, 2016
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Clinical Practice, 2017
  • Co-Director, Interprofessional Team Building, High Value Practice Academic Alliance, 2018
  • Certified Strengths Coach, Gallup, 2018
  • Vice Chair, American Academy of Neurology, Undergraduate Education Subcommittee, 2019
  • Past Chair, American Academy of Neurology Consortium of Clerkship Directors, 2020

Videos & Media

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    Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

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    Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

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

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    Restless Legs Syndrome and Sleep - Diagnosis and Treatments

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    Delivering Sleep Health, Wellness and Medical Education in the Era of Covid-19

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

1.      Restless Legs Syndrome Brain Stimulation Study Supports Motor Cortex ‘Excitability’ as A Cause | ScienceDaily (August 2018)

2.       The Current State of Sleep Apnea with Rachel Salas, MD |  NeurologyLive (September 2018)

3.       Here’s Why Having a Healthy Sleep Routine Is So Important |  Martha Stewart (January 2019)  

4.       Considering Melatonin for Sleep? Here’s a Guide to Help |  The New York Times (April 2020)  

5.       How I Practice Now: Rachel Salas, MD, on Providing Sleep Medicine Care from Home |  Neurology Consultant (April 2020)


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