Babak Mokhlesi
Section of Pulmonary / Critical Care
Professor of Medicine
Director of Sleep Disorders Center;Director of Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730


MD1994University of Monterrey School of MedicineMedicine
Residency1997Weiss Memorial HospitalInternal Medicine
Residency1997Weiss Memorial HospitalChief Resident
Fellowship2000Northwestern University Pulmonary and Critical Care
Fellowship2001Northwestern University Sleep Medicine
MS2005Rush University Clinical Research

Academic Interests

Dr. Mokhlesi’s research has focused on obstructive sleep apnea, with a specific focus on REM-related sleep-disordered breathing, perioperative complications in patients with sleep apnea, as well as best treatment strategies in patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome. He is also interested in studying the impact of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy on metabolic and cardiovascular outcomes in obstructive sleep apnea.

Clinical Interests

Sleep disorders, sleep-disordered breathing, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, critical illness, noninvasive positive pressure ventilation, respiratory failure

Representative Publications

  1. Morselli LL, Knutson KL, Mokhlesi B. Sleep and insulin resistance in adolescents. Sleep. 2012; 35(10):1313-4.
  2. Carr GE, Mokhlesi B, Gehlbach B. Acute Cardiopulmonary Failure from Sleep Disordered Breathing. Chest. 2012 Mar;141(3):798-808.
  3. Mokhlesi B, Punjabi NM. “REM-related” Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An Epiphenomenon or a Clinically Important Entity? Sleep. 2012 Jan 1;35(1):5-7.
  4. Chau EHL, Lam D, Wong J, Mokhlesi B, Chung F. Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome: A Review of Epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Perioperative Considerations. Anesthesiology. 2012 117(1):188-205
  5. Guralnick AS, Pant M, Minhaj M, Sweitzer BJ, Mokhlesi B. Objective CPAP adherence during the perioperative period in patients with newly diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med 2012; 8(5): 501-506

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