Nnamdi Orakpo, M.D., Ph.D.
Previously, Nnamdi played semi-pro basketball in Australia and New Zealand, without any plans of going to college, before his father changed his trajectory for good. During undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas, Nnamdi Orakpo discovered his passion working with older adults; a passion that evolved into a bilingual Sleep Medicine Psychiatrist & Interventional Psychiatrist. Nnamdi attended UNT, where he completed his doctorate in Gerontology at UNT (2010) before continuing on to medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine, in Mexico; he finished his medical education on the Southside of Chicago at Mount Sinai at Jackson Park Hospital graduating in 2016. Dr. Nnamdi spearheaded a clinical trial testing the efficacy of (EEG) Virtual Reality Neurofeedback (VR) as a novel adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with chronic centralized pain and insomnia. His study was the first of its kind, and funded by an institutional grant at Garnet Health Medical Center, in New York, where he graduated from residency in Psychiatry (2022). He graduated from Sleep Medicine fellowship training at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Sleep Medicine in Sleep Medicine (2023).
An avid Physician Scientist, Nnamdi has published articles in SLEEP, Frontiers Journal of Psychiatry, Frontiers Journal of Human Neuroscience, and has collaborated with Stanford University colleagues on a textbook on clinical sleep medicine, where he authored the chapters on chronic insomnia, isolated sleep paralysis, sleep enuresis, sleep related eating disorder, sexsomnia, and exploding head syndrome. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the California Sleep Society, and North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS). His philosophy is that a generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service with compassion are things that renew humanity." (Guatama Buddha)