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Rachel Salas, M.D.

Rachel Marie E Salas, M.D.

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4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings
  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Languages: English, Spanish


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

Research Interests

Sleep Disorders; Transcranial stimulation

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11085 Little Patuxent Parkway
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Phone: 800-937-5337 | Fax: 866-214-8799


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. As the primary investigator in the neurobiology of sleep, done in the spirit of the new era of collaborative research, she has been a co-investigator on other collaborative sleep scholarship projects in effort to remain diverse in the domain of sleep medicine. She is a co-author on manuscripts on my collaborating projects evaluating sleep in the following populations: HIV (sleep patterns and a second on cognition and sleep), Black minorities in Baltimore, one in Parkinson disease and REM behavioral sleep disorder, and is currently the PI on a collaborative project assessing the sleep environment in effort to validate a sleep environmental inventory that she created.

Dr. Salas attended St. Mary’s 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. Dr. Salas is currently completing her study toward her Masters of Education in the Health Professions. more


  • Associate Professor of Neurology

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


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


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

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


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


  • 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

  • Co-Director, JHH Neurology Resident and Neurophysiology Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Co-Director, Medical Students Clinical Skills Course for Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008

Videos & Media

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 and Media Coverage

A New Look at the Sleepless Brain, Slate (11/06/2015)

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)

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)


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