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Smita Patel
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Dr. Smita Patel

Medical director, physician specializing in neurological and sleep conditions

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Dr. Smita Patel

20+ year experience as a physician managing neurological and sleep conditions with additional training in integrative and functional medicine. Medical Director, Northshore University Health System and founder of iNeuroInstitute.com

"Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day" - Dalai Lama

Dr. Smita Patel is a medical director and physician specializing in neurological and sleep conditions boasting over 20 years of experience in managing these complex health issues, complemented by additional training in integrative and functional medicine. Serving as the medical director at Northshore University Health System and founding iNeuroInstitute.com, she is committed to advancing the field’s understanding and treatment of neurological and sleep-related conditions, benefiting both patients and the wider healthcare community.

Career Highlights

With over 20 years of experience as a physician specializing in neurological and sleep conditions, I bring a wealth of knowledge to the table.

I am not only a seasoned public speaker on topics like brain health, Alzheimer’s disease, and integrative sleep treatments but have also actively participated in clinical research studies in sleep medicine.



My contributions extend to academic publications, where I’ve authored book chapters on neurological and sleep disorders.

My mission is to empower individuals to take charge of their cognitive health and overall well-being. I am dedicated to delivering high-quality, holistic care that benefits underserved communities and anyone seeking a healthier life.



My goal is to reshape healthcare by emphasizing wellness, prevention, patient empowerment, and self-care, ultimately bridging the gap in health disparities.

Education

  • 2009 – Undertook a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Weil, concluding in 2011
  • 2006 – Completed sleep medicine training at the University of Chicago
  • 2005 – Completed neurological training at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • 2001 – Graduated from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Certifications

Triple board certified in Neurology, Sleep Medicine, and Integrative Medicine

My goal is to reshape healthcare by emphasizing wellness, prevention, patient empowerment, and self-care, ultimately bridging the gap in health disparities.

Featured Publications

  • Sleep chapter, Integrative Sleep Medicine, edited by Dr. Cacho and Dr. Lum, Oxford University Press, May 2021. DOI: 10.1093/med/9780190885403.001.0001

Your Journey As An Expert

I have a strong interest in researching the cause and treatment of neurological disease as well as supporting and participating in educational programs to help increase awareness. I am especially engaged with educating women so they can make informed health decisions, advocate for themselves and prioritize their health and wellness.
 
 

Fun Facts

The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days. (I do not advise this.)
 

FAQ

In this section, you’ll find targeted information addressing common inquiries about Dr. Smita Patel’s neurology and sleep medicine practice, highlighting her areas of expertise, treatment methodologies, and diagnostic techniques.

What are Dr. Smita Patel’s specialties in neurology and sleep medicine?

Dr. Smita Patel specializes in treating various neurological conditions, focusing on sleep disorders. Her expertise extends to managing complex cases where sleep disturbances are intertwined with neurological diseases.

What types of sleep disorders are commonly treated by neurology experts like Dr. Smita Patel?

Neurology experts like Dr. Patel commonly manage sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and parasomnias, often exploring their connections with neurological conditions.

What typical approaches or treatments might Dr. Smita Patel use for neurological conditions?

Dr. Patel’s approach to neurological conditions typically involves a comprehensive evaluation followed by individualized treatment plans, including medication, lifestyle changes, and therapeutic interventions like cognitive-behavioral therapy.

How might Dr. Patel’s expertise benefit patients with sleep disturbances linked to neurological issues?

Dr. Patel’s expertise can be particularly beneficial for patients with sleep disturbances linked to neurological issues by offering integrated care that addresses the underlying neurological condition and the resulting sleep problems.

What diagnostic techniques are usually recommended by Dr. Smita Patel for sleep-related neurological conditions?

Dr. Patel may recommend diagnostic techniques for sleep-related neurological conditions, such as overnight polysomnography, multiple sleep latency tests, or actigraphy, to accurately diagnose and tailor treatments for her patients.

What qualifications should one look for in a doctor when seeking help for neurological and sleep conditions?

When seeking help for neurological and sleep conditions, one should look for a doctor with board certification in neurology and additional training or certification in sleep medicine, similar to the qualifications held by Dr. Patel.