Nithra

Why we exist

The World Health Organization has increasingly focused on noncommunicable diseases (NCD) which account for over 41 million deaths per year globally. 77% of all NCD deaths are in low-and middle-income countries. Diabetes, cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems, and cancer are the most focused, but sleep disorders which are more common and which may worsen these problems are often ignored.

35% of people do not feel they get enough sleep, impacting both their physical and mental health. 46% of individuals with frequent sleep disturbances report missing work or events, or making errors at work, compared to 15% of healthy sleepers. According to a study conducted by a tech giant, India is the second most sleep deprived country in the world.

Our Founder Dr N. Ramakrishnan, while pursuing his medical career in the ICU in the United States, was distraught to note that patients and their family members had sleep disturbances. Also, undiagnosed sleep problems such as sleep apnea were responsible for uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks and stroke. More importantly, these could have possibly been prevented if the sleep problems were addressed on time. He, therefore, pursued an American Board Certification in Sleep Medicine and started Nithra when he returned to India.

While there are doctors who may be taking care of specific aspects of sleep problems, we are a comprehensive centre where you can get all of your sleep problems addressed by specialists in favour of a good night’s sleep. Dr. N. Ramakrishnan was the first American Board Certified Sleep Medicine specialist in India, and Nithra remains a premier and currently the only freestanding comprehensive sleep centre. We believe that everyone deserves an answer to their problem, and If you’ve had trouble sleeping, we’re available to help and urge you to seek attention without delay. Our team of specialists will ascertain the problem you have and plan a personalized treatment strategy.

About Dr. N. Ramakrishnan

American Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

Master’s Degree in Medical Management (University of Southern California).

Fellow of American College of Physicians (FACP), American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), American Academy of Sleep Medicine (FAASM), Indian College of Critical Care Medicine (FICCM) and Indian Sleep Disorders Association (FISDA).

Dr. N. Ramakrishnan is an American Board Certified Specialist in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine & Obesity Medicine and also has a Master’s degree in Medical Management (MMM) from the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of American College of Physicians (FACP), American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), American Academy of Sleep Medicine (FAASM), Indian College of Critical Care Medicine (FICCM), Indian Sleep Disorders Association (FISDA). He has been practicing Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine for over two decades.

He is currently a Senior Consultant in Critical Care & Sleep Medicine and Director, Critical Care Services at Apollo Hospitals and Medical Director & Tele-Intensivist at Hicuity Health Care, USA (Previously Advanced ICU Care). He is the Founder and Managing Director of TACT Academy for Clinical Training, India’s first simulation-based healthcare training centre. He also established Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences in 2004, the first-of-its-kind freestanding comprehensive sleep centre. The Institute prides itself on being the first to offer University affiliated post-doctoral fellowship in Sleep Medicine and also being the first Sleep Center to be accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations (NABH).

Dr. Ramakrishnan has served on different roles in the Executive Committee of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) and the Indian Sleep Disorders Association (ISDA). He was the Charter Secretary of the Indian College of Critical Care Medicine (ICCM), the academic wing of ISCCM, in which he also served as the Vice Chancellor. He is also a Past President of the Indian Sleep Disorders Association (ISDA). He has over 100 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications and is a respected teacher and invited speaker at national and international conferences. He has authored books in critical care and sleep medicine, and is actively involved in education and training of healthcare professionals and general public.