Sleep medicine is a subspecialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders amongst patients of all ages. Sleep medicine physicians, or somnologists, tend to patients in various settings, such as sleep study facilities, hospitals or private offices. These physicians often specialize in neurology, internal medicine, family medicine, or psychiatry. To be a sleep medicine physician, one must attend medical school for four years, the appropriate years for any qualifying specialty, and a one-year sleep medicine fellowship. These physicians are able to get involved with medical education, medicine administration and business within the sleep facilities, and research. Collaborative skills are important for this team-based specialty.
Dr. Pranathi Kondapaneni is a physician and an author. At the age of sixteen, she was accepted into medical school through a combined BA/MD program.
By twenty-four, she had completed four degrees in seven years: two bachelor of arts degrees (economics and biology), a master’s in public health, and a medical degree. After completing a residency in neurology and additional training in sleep and epilepsy, Dr. Kondapaneni went into private practice. Apart from her clinical duties as a board-certified sleep-medicine neurologist, Dr Kondapaneni also has experience in utilization management and disability review. Additionally, she has authored two books: "Prescription Technology -- Opening Physician-Patient Communication Channels" Pub. 2020. & “Prescription Comedy --An Unlikely Antidote To Physician Burnout" Pub. 2021