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Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH

Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH Physician

Associate Professor of Medicine at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Languages spoken:

  • Telugu

Dr. Gurubhagavatula is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Sleep Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Pulmonary Disease, 1997
  • Sleep Medicine (ABSM), 2009

Clinical Expertise:

  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy
  • Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPD)
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnolence
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders in the Elderly
  • Sleep Study
  • Sleepiness
  • Sleep-related Movement Disorders

Description of Clinical Expertise

1. Sleep disorders medicine
2. Pulmonary medicine
3. Critical care medicine

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: Washington University Medical Center - Barnes Hospital
Graduate School: Harvard Medical School
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Sleep Medicine OSA Assessment Tools Task Force, National American Academy of Sleep Medicine Sleep and Transportation Task Force, National American Academy of Sleep Medicine, National American Thoracic Society, National National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Pennsylvania Sleep Society, Local Program Committee for the ATS Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, National Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Section of the American Thoracic Society, National U. S. Preventive Services Task Force, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Gurubhagavatula is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

1. Screening for obstructive sleep apnea
2. Sleep disorderd breathing and cardiovascular disease
3. Economics of sleep apnea screening

Selected Publications:

JA Chirinos, I Gurubhagavatula, K Teff, DJ Rader, TA Wadden, R Townsend, GD Foster, G Maislin, H Saif, P Broderick, J Chittams, AL Hanlon, AI Pack: CPAP, weight loss, or both for obstructive sleep apnea N Engl J Med 370 (24): 2265-2275,2014.

MA Grandner, S Chakravorty, ML Perlis, L Oliver, I Gurubhagavatula: Habitual sleep duration associated with self-reported and objectively-determined cardiometabolic risk factors Sleep Medicine 15 (1): 42-50,2014.

A Platt, S Hurley, H Soto-Calderon, W Wieland, B Staley, G Maislin, I Gurubhagavatula: Hits and Misses: Screening Commercial Drivers for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using Guidelines Recommended by a Joint Task Force Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 55 (9): 1035-40,2013.

I Gurubhagavatula, BG Fields, CR Morales, S Hurley, GW Pien, LC Wick, BA Staley, RR Townsend, G Maislin: Screening for severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in hypertensive outpatients Journal of Clinical Hypertension 15 (4): 279-288,2013.

M Sands, M Grandner, J Whinnery, BT Keenan, N Jackson, I Gurubhagavatula: Predicting ethno-racial subgroups with hypertension using sleep apnea screening in a nationally-representative sample: Results of NHANES Journal of Clinical Hypertension : 2013.

Q Maia, MA Grandner, J Findley, I Gurubhagavatula: Short and long sleep duration and risk of drowsy driving and the role of subjective sleep insufficiency Accident Analysis and Prevention 59 : 618-622,2013.

BY Sunwoo, N Jackson, G Maislin, I Gurubhagavatula, CF George, AI Pack: Reliability of a single objective measure in assessing sleepiness Sleep 35 (1): 149-158,2012.

CR Morales, S Hurley, LC Wick, B Staley, FM Pack, NS Gooneratne, G Maislin, A Pack, I Gurubhagavatula: In-home, self-assembled sleep studies are useful in diagnosing sleep apnea in the elderly Sleep 35 (11): 1491-1501,2012.

TE Weaver, C Mancini, G Maislin, J Cater, B Staley, JR Landis, S Ellenberg, KA Ferguson, CFP George, DA Schulman, H Greenberg, DM Rapoport, JA Walsleben, T Lee-Chiong, I Gurubhagavatula, ST Kuna: Continuous positive airway pressure treatment of sleepy patients with milder obstructive sleep apnea: results of the CPAP Apnea Trial North American Program CATNAP randomized clinical trial American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 186 (7): 677-683,2012.

ST Kuna, I Gurubhagavatula, G Maislin, S Hin, KC Hartwig, S McCloskey, R Hachadoorian, S Hurley, R Gupta, B Staley, CW Atwood: Noninferiority of functional outcome in ambulatory management of obstructive sleep apnea American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 183 (9): 1238-1244,2011.

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Academic Contact Info

Division of Sleep Medicine
3624 Market Street, Suite 205

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-7772
Fax: (215) 615-4875
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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