Reena Mehra, MD, MS

216.636.5860

Reena Mehra, MD, MS

Appointed: 2013

Reena Mehra, MD, MS
Department: Sleep Disorders Center
Location: Fairhill Sleep Disorders Center
Mail Code A90
11203 Stokes Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44104
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
Reena Mehra, MD, MS
Department: Pulmonary Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.8777
Reena Mehra, MD, MS
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.8777
Reena Mehra, MD, MS
Department: Molecular Cardiology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.8777
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Reena Mehra MD, MS is a Staff Physician and an Associate Professor of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She serves as Director of Sleep Disorders Research in the Sleep Center of the Neurologic Institute with joint appointments in the Respiratory Institute, Molecular Cardiology Department of the Lerner Research Institute and the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Mehra is a physician scientist with a research focus involving investigation of pathways mediating the relationship between sleep disordered breathing and abnormal cardiac electrophysiology as well as cardiovascular disease from a clinical trials and epidemiologic perspective. She received her MD from an accelerated BS/MD program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1996, performed Internal Medicine residency training at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, completed a Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in these respective subspecialties. She proceeded to enroll in a T32 training grant via the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award in Sleep Medicine Neurobiology and Epidemiology at Case Western Reserve University and obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Science through the Clinical Research Scholars Program. In 2004, she joined the faculty at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University where she served as Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center leading it through dual American Academy of Sleep Medicine accreditation of two sites and most recently has served as Director of Sleep Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Investigation. She is an advocate for women in medicine with the goal of facilitating professional development and networking. In this capacity, she has served as President of the Women Faculty of the School of Medicine from 2008-2010. Dr. Mehra’s research program is primarily funded by the National Institute of Health, but she has also procured funding from the American College of Chest Physicians, American Heart Association, Clinical Translational Science Collaborative and Central Society of Clinical Research. Most recently, she serves as the Principal Investigator for a $3.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to study the mechanistic underpinnings of sleep apnea and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. She also serves as the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded study to identify polysomnographic and electrophysiologic predictors of atrial fibrillation in a multicenter observational cohort involving ~3000 older men.

Dr. Mehra has received numerous awards including Associated Professional Sleep Societies Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association National Scientist Development Award, American College of Chest Physicians-Associated Subspecialty Professors T. Franklin Williams Scholar Award, Central Society of Clinical Research Career Development and Young Investigator Awards, American Federation for Medical Research Scholar Award, Best Doctors designation in Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine 2011-2013 and Women Faculty of School of the School of Medicine Junior and Mid-Career Faculty Career Development Awards. She serves on national task forces including American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Sleep Apnea Definitions Task Force, AASM Portable Monitoring Technology Task Force, AASM Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Task Force, NHLBI Candidate Gene Association Resource working groups, Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly Planning Committee for the American Thoracic Society and has served as an ad hoc member on several NIH study sections. Dr. Mehra is involved in media relations to increase awareness of sleep disorders and has appeared on numerous national news broadcasts. She has mentored over 20 trainees, has over 60 peer-reviewed publications including original investigations, reviews, editorials and chapters and has been an invited lecturer on a national and international level.

Professional Highlights

  • 2004 - Co-Founder, Pulmonary Disease Clinic of the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
  • 2008-2010 - President, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine, Case School of Medicine:
    • Increased steering committee participation in monthly meetings by 50%
    • Increased number of professional development workshops by more than double
    • Re-energized relationships with AMWA and Flora Stone Mather Center for Women engendering collaborative co-sponsoring of workshops
    • Sought approval from the Dean to obtain administrative support
    • Increased male faculty participation in WFSOM-sponsored events

Education & Fellowships

Graduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA
2004
Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Sleep Medicine and Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA
2004
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
2002
Residency - Loyola University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Maywood, IL USA
1999
Medical School - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH USA
1996
Undergraduate - Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH USA
1992

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine- Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Sleep Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Pulmonary Disease

Specialty Interests

Sleep disordered breathing, cardiovascular disease sleep disordered breathing and cardiac arrhythmias.

Awards & Honors

  • NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award, 2002
  • Associated Professional Sleep Societies Young Investigator Award, Association of Nocturnal Arrhythmias with Sleep-Disordered Breathing: The Sleep Heart Health Study, 2003 
  • NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award, 2004
  • American Heart Association National Scientist Development Award, 2002
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians, 2005      
  • American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)-Associated Subspecialty Professors (ASP) T. Franklin Williams Scholar Award: Alcohol Use, Sleep Disorders and Arrhythmias in Elderly Men, 2005
  • K12 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program Award, 2006 
  • Junior Faculty Career Development Award, Women Faculty of School of (WFSOM): Attended Association of American Medical Colleges Faculty Career Development Seminar, 2006
  • NIH/NHLBI K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, 2006
  • NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award renewal, 2007
  • Central Society of Clinical Research Career Development Award, 2008
  • Central Society of Clinical Research Young Investigator Award, 2008 
  • American Federation for Medical Research Scholar Award, 2008
  • Associated Professional Sleep Societies Young Investigator Forum, Selected to participate in a research series held at the NIH Bethesda, MD, 2009
  • Academic Careers in Engineering and Science Program (ACES) Sponsored Leadership Personal Coaching, 2009-2010
  • Junior Scholar Travel Grant for the American Geriatrics Society Comparative Effectiveness Research Meeting, 2010
  • Sleep Research Network Minority Travel Award, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2010
  • Flora Stone Center for Women Career Development for Research & Creative Activity, 2010 
    • Nominated by Dean of the Medical School
  • Recipient of the T. Franklin Williams Scholar (TFWS) Alumni Executive Leadership Award to participate in the 2012 AAIM Executive Leadership Program, Crimson Group Inc: Consulting and Leadership Training in Healthcare, 2012
  • Recipient of the REACH for Commercialization Fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Grant, introduces women in STEM to the multiple pathways toward entrepreneurship with the aim of extending the “REACH” of your research beyond your lab (e.g. patenting, licensing, corporate partnering), 2012
  • Mid-Career Faculty Career Development Award, Women Faculty of School of (WFSOM): Selected to attend Association of Mid-Career Faculty American Medical Colleges Faculty Career Development Seminar, 2012
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 2012
  • Best Doctors ® (Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine), 2011-2013

Memberships

  • American College of Chest Physicians 1999 - present
  • American Association for Bronchology 2000 - 2002
  • American Thoracic Society 2000 - present
  • Associated Professional Sleep Societies 2002 - present 
  • Associated Subspecialty Professors 2005 - present 
  • American Geriatrics Society 2005 - present
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians 2005 - present
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine Respiratory Task Force: Respiratory Event Scoring and Measurement 2005 - present
  • Central Society of Clinical Research 2005 - 2009
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine Respiratory Task Force (Respiratory Event Scoring and Measurement) 2005 - 2013
  • Member, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine (WFSOM) Executive Committee 2006 - present
  • NHLBI Candidate Gene Association Resource (CARe) ECG Working Group: The goal is to perform candidate gene analyses in large cohort studies (i.e. Framingham, CARDIA, ARIC, CHS, MESA, Sleep Heart Health Study, Cleveland Family Study) 2007 - 2011
    • Member of the atrial fibrillation, PR interval and QT interval phenotype working groups
  • Treasurer, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine 2007 - 2008
  • Member, Subcommittee to Review WFSOM Junior and Mid-Career Professional Development Awards 2007 - present
  • American Federation of Medical Research Council 2008 - 2009
  • NHLBI CARe Coagulation, Biomarker and Peripheral Arterial Disease Working Groups 2008 - 2011 
  • American Federation for Medical Research Council Member 2008 - 2009 
  • President, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine, Case School of Medicine 2008 - 2010 
  • Member, WFSOM Subcommittee to Review Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) candidates to put forth to the Dean of the School of Medicine 2008 - present
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine Educational Task Force: Portable Sleep Monitoring 2009 - present
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine Educational Task Force 2009 - present
  • T. Franklin Williams Scholar Alumni Meeting Planning Group 2009 - present
  • Clinical Translational Science Collaborative Sleep Research Network Liaison for Case Western Reserve University 2010 - present
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Portable Monitoring Technology Task Force 2010 - present
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Apnea Definitions Task Force 2010 - present
    • Charged with establishing national standards for definitions of respiratory events used across sleep laboratories setting the stage for insurance reimbursements
  • Co-Director, HeartBEAT Study (randomized controlled trial) Electrophysiology Working Group 2010 - present
  • Case Western Reserve University, Liaison, National Sleep Research Network 2010 - present 
  • Sleep Research Society 2010 - present
  • American Heart Association Study Section, Reviewer Committee 2012 - present
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Diagnostic Testing for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Task Force 2012 - present
  • Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology (SRN) Assembly Planning Committee for American Thoracic Society 2012 - present
  • NHLBI Ancillary Studies in Clinical Trials Review, Special Emphasis Panel, ad hoc member 2012 - present
  • Ad hoc member, NIH Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section 2012 - present
  • President's Committee on Child Care Options, Case Western Reserve University 2012 - present 
  • Co-Director, FLEX Program, Professional Development Program for Women Faculty of the Case School of Medicine: A customized program via a series of workshops and coaching sessions designed to provide executive leadership training to help women faculty develop competencies in communication, leadership, and executive presence training to advance their careers and prepare for leadership opportunities. 2012 - present

Treatment & Services

  • Actigraphy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Positive Airway Pressure Titration (cpap; Bilevel Pap Titration)
  • Sleep Studies

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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