ATS President-elect Atul Malhotra, M.D., a recognized expert in sleep apnea and related disorders, is available for media interviews regarding those topics, as well as the metabolic and and cardiovascular complications of sleep disorders, novel therapies, emerging research and diagnosis and management of the disorders.

Dr. Malhotra is a professor of medicine, director of sleep medicine and chief of the University of California - San Diego School of Medicine's Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. He is board-certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine and has served as principal and co-investigator for dozens of clinical studies.

“Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing chronic illness, increased medical costs and a major loss of quality of life for those who suffer from it,” Dr. Malhotra says. “Sleep apnea is about a lot more than snoring; it's been associated with a range of serious health problems, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic issues and cardiovascular disease.

“Understanding how and why obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders occur is critical to improving world health, and there are many novel therapies and clinical studies under way to help improve our knowledge of these and other related conditions and diseases,” he adds.

Dr. Malhotra completed his M.D. at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, his internship at St. Thomas Medical Center in Akron, Ohio, and his residency at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, followed by a fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Before joining UCSD, Dr. Malhotra practiced pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he also served as director of the Brigham's Sleep Disorders Research Program. In addition, Dr. Malhotra was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at King Faisal Hospital in Rwanda.

In addition to his position as ATS president-elect, Dr. Malhotra has served as chair of both the ATS Education Committee and ATS Respiratory Neurobiology and Sleep Assembly and member of the society's board of directors. He has also served as director of the National Sleep Medicine Course for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Dr. Malhotra has presented his research at national and international conferences and has published more than 225 original manuscripts in leading journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and others.

Dr. Malhotra also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Sleep and the Journal of American Medical Association, and has been interviewed by local, national and international media.

Dr. Malhotra can be reached at (858) 657-6485.