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Nisha Aurora, M.D.

Rashmi Nisha Aurora, M.D.

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Associate Professor of Medicine


Languages: English, Hindi

Expertise: Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, Sleep, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Medicine

Research Interests: Obstructive sleep apnea


Dr. Rashmi Aurora is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, sleep apnea and sleep medicine. 

Dr. Aurora earned her M.D. from Brown University. She completed her residency at North Shore-LIJ Health Center. She performed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a fellowship in sleep medicine at Sleep Disorders Institute/Clinilabs. 

Her research interests include obstructive sleep apnea. more


  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

  • Sleep Disorders Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital



  • MD, Brown University Medical School (1993)


  • North Shore University Hospital / Internal Medicine (1996)


  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (1999)
  • Sleep Disorders Institute/Clinilabs / Sleep Medicine (2004)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Pulmonary Disease (1998)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Sleep Medicine (2009)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Lu W, Cantor JB, Aurora RN, Gordon WA, Krellman JW, Nguyen M, Ashman TA, Spielman L, Ambrose AF. "The relationship between self-reported sleep disturbance and polysomnography in individuals with traumatic brain injury." Brain Inj. 2015 Jul 23:1-9. [Epub ahead of print]

Punjabi NM, Shifa N, Doffner G, Patil S, Pien G, Aurora RN. "Computer-assisted automated scoring of polysomnograms using the somnolyzer system." Sleep. 2015 Mar 24. pii: sp-00224-14. [Epub ahead of print]

Nickerson J, Lee E, Nedelman M, Aurora RN, Krieger A, Horowitz CR. "Feasibility of portable sleep monitors to detect obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in a vulnerable urban population." J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Mar-Apr;28(2):257-64. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2015.02.140273.

Aurora RN, Collop NA, Jacobowitz O, Thomas SM, Quan SF, Aronsky AJ. "Quality measures for the care of adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea." J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Mar 15;11(3):357-83. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.4556.

Moon K, Punjabi NM, Aurora RN. "Obstructive sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes in older adults." Clin Geriatr Med. 2015 Feb;31(1):139-47, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2014.08.023. Epub 2014 Oct 18.

Punjabi NM, Aurora RN, Patil SP. Home sleep testing for obstructive sleep apnea: one night is enough! Chest. 2013 Feb 1;143(2):291-4. doi: 10.1378/chest.12-2699. No abstract available. PMID: 23381307

Aurora RN, Lamm CI, Zak RS, Kristo DA, Bista SR, Rowley JA, Casey KR. Practice parameters for the non-respiratory indications for polysomnography and multiple sleep latency testing for children. Sleep. 2012 Nov 1;35(11):1467-73. doi: 10.5665/sleep.2190. Review. PMID: 23115395

de la Hoz RE, Mallea JM, Kramer SJ, Bienenfeld LA, Wisnivesky JP, Aurora RN. Polysomnographic diagnoses among former world trade center rescue workers and volunteers. Arch Environ Occup Health. 2012;67(4):239-42. doi: 10.1080/19338244.2012.725230. PMID: 23074981

Aurora RN, Kristo DA, Bista SR, Rowley JA, Zak RS, Casey KR, Lamm CI, Tracy SL, Rosenberg RS. The treatment of restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder in adults-an update for 2012: practice parameters with an evidence-based systematic review and meta-analyses: an American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline. Sleep. 2012 Aug 1;35(8):1039-62. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1988. PMID: 22851801

Aurora RN, Kristo DA, Bista SR, Rowley JA, Zak RS, Casey KR, Lamm CI, Tracy SL, Rosenberg RS. Update to the AASM Clinical Practice Guideline: "The treatment of restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder in adults-an update for 2012: practice parameters with an evidence-based systematic review and meta-analyses". Sleep. 2012 Aug 1;35(8):1037. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1986. No abstract available. PMID: 22851800

Aurora RN, Crainiceanu C, Caffo B, Punjabi NM. Sleep-disordered breathing and caffeine consumption: results of a community-based study. Chest. 2012 Sep;142(3):631-8. PMID: 22459776

Aurora RN, Chowdhuri S, Ramar K, Bista SR, Casey KR, Lamm CI, Kristo DA, Mallea JM, Rowley JA, Zak RS, Tracy SL. The treatment of central sleep apnea syndromes in adults: practice parameters with an evidence-based literature review and meta-analyses. Sleep. 2012 Jan 1;35(1):17-40. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1580. Review. PMID: 22215916

Aurora RN, Caffo B, Crainiceanu C, Punjabi NM. Correlating subjective and objective sleepiness: revisiting the association using survival analysis. Sleep. 2011 Dec 1;34(12):1707-14. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1442. PMID: 22131609

Aurora RN, Zak RS, Karippot A, Lamm CI, Morgenthaler TI, Auerbach SH, Bista SR, Casey KR, Chowdhuri S, Kristo DA, Ramar K; Practice parameters for the respiratory indications for polysomnography in children. American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep. 2011 Mar 1;34(3):379-88. PMID: 21359087

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