Neurology Chair

Dane Chetkovich, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chairman
of Neurology

Faculty By Divisions

Kanika Bagai, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology


Dr Bagai received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India in 1995. She spent two years as a research assistant at the Rush Cancer Institute, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s University in Chicago, IL and the Department of Neurology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bagai did her internship in Internal Medicine at the Rush Westlake Hospital, affiliated with the Rush University, Chicago, IL from 1998-99. This was followed by a residency in Adult Clinical Neurology at Loyola University Medical Center and the Edward Hines VA, Maywood, IL from 1999-2002. She served as Chief Resident in her final year of residency. She joined Vanderbilt as a fellow in Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine in 2002.

Dr. Bagai joined the Neurology faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a Clinical Instructor in 2004 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2005. She is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and the teaching of neurology residents and sleep medicine fellows.

She is board certified in Clinical Neurology and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.


My research interests include studying the mechanisms of obstructive sleep apnea related cardiovascular and cerebrovascular morbidity. I have also focused on the spectrum of REM-sleep related obstructive sleep apnea as a cause of significant sleep-related morbidity.


Bagai K, Malow BA, The Neglected Spectrum of REM related Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Abstract
presented at the 19th Associated Professional Sleep Societies Meeting, Denver, CO,
June 2005. SLEEP, Volume 28, Abstract Supplement, 2005.

Bagai K, Wilson JR, Fisher MA, Electrophysiological patterns of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Abstract presented at the International Peripheral Nerve Society Meeting in Tuscany, Italy
July 2005.

Behrens NV, Bagai K, Malow BA, Can Obstructive Sleep Apnea be predicted in Bariatric Surgery Candidates - Abstract presented at the 20th Associated Professional Sleep Societies Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2006. SLEEP, Volume 29, Abstract Supplement, 2006.
Book Chapters:
Bagai K, Malow BA: Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome in Premenopausal
Women. In: Sleep Disorders in Women (Humana Press) 2006.


Department of Neurology
1161 21st Avenue South
A-0118 Medical Center North
Nashville, Tennessee 37232
Phone: (615) 322-4000