As medical director of the CHOC Children’s pediatric sleep program, Dr. Neal Nakra leads the team in performing sleep studies and analyzing data to further the study of relationships between sleep and obesity, metabolic syndrome and other pediatric conditions. Under his leadership, the CHOC Sleep Center has increased in volume and has become one of the largest programs in the state. Dr. Nakra continues to grow the program further and to work with CHOC pediatric subspecialties on developing treatment programs.
Dr. Nakra graduated medical school from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, Texas. He completed his pediatrics residence at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, New York. He served his pulmonary disease fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Nakra is triple board certified in pediatrics, pulmonology and sleep medicine.
“Sleep inherently deserves multidisciplinary treatment with other pediatric subspecialties,” says Dr. Nakra, who is working with CHOC otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons and endocrinologists. “One of the joys of practicing sleep medicine at CHOC is the ability to collaborate on a multidisciplinary platform, pick the brains of the best and brightest in the fields, and work together to help the kids of Orange County.”