Masterminds of IISS  


Dr. Abhijit Deshpande, MD
Dr. Abhijit Deshpande is a practicing sleep specialist, dedicated to the evolution of this specialty.
His undergraduate and postgraduate medical education was at Mumbai’s Grant Medical College and Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals. After building a solid foundation in Internal Medicine, he pursued the same specialty in the United States at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, New York.

Subsequently, he worked with the medically deprived communities in the US, with passion and dedication. In 1996, while running his Obesity Clinic, a patient said to him, “How do you expect me to walk 10,000 steps when I am tired and sleepy all the time?” This is when he was drawn to sleep Medicine. He realized that so many medical problems have their roots with sleep disorders and one of the best ways to serve his patients would be to learn about this new and upcoming specialty of Sleep Medicine.


After successfully completing his fellowship in Sleep Medicine, Dr. Abhijit got American Board Certified and has been exclusively practicing Sleep and wake disorders for the last 12 years. His volume of experience amounts to over 20,000 patients. He has mentored many physicians in the Specialty of Sleep Medicine to get American Board Certification. In addition, he has trained PSG technicians. He is involved in various research projects including impact of sleep apnea in pregnancy. His other interesting research project involves GERD and Sleep apnea.
During extensive practice, educational and clinical, in the United States, he was drawn to the fact that the Indian population is hugely undiagnosed in this area. With this in mind, he came back to India after 16 years of work in the US.
International Institute of Sleep Sciences has evolved to be a premier Institute promoting sleep sciences in India, under his guidance and leadership. This institute focuses on research; education and clinical practice of sleep and wake disorders.

Currently, Dr. Abhijit practices clinical sleep medicine in India and the United States. He is actively involved in training of Ph. D. students with the University of Mumbai as the MD & CEO of International Institute of Sleep Sciences (IISS) at Mumbai. He is a leading faculty for Philips- Respironics and is involved in developing a Sleep Medicine training program for practicing physicians at IISS, to further promote awareness and contribute to Indianizing Sleep Medicine
  Dr. Prajakta Deshpande, MD

Dr. Prajakta Deshpande did her medical education at Seth G. S. Medical College at Mumbai followed by postgraduate residency in General Surgery at Grant Medical College and Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals.
Subsequently, she got Board Certified in Family Medicine in the United States. She has been a faculty with the University of Washington and was actively involved in resident doctor training.
She completed her fellowship training in Sleep Medicine followed by American Board Certification of the specialty.

Her diverse background gives a unique perspective to her patient care. She continues to practice Sleep Medicine in the US and in India.  Her interests include clinical research, teaching and clinical practice. Her research has been published in leading American journals. Her passion for medical practice and teaching encouraged her to explore Sleep Medicine in India and participate in its evolution.
Currently, she is the Medical Director of International Institute of Sleep Sciences at Mumbai. This is a premier institute dedicated to research, education and practice of Sleep and Wake Disorders. She is actively involved in a research project involving mentally challenged population and sleep disorders. Team IISS has undertaken an extensive project with the Mumbai Police under her leadership.

Dr.Prasad Karnik, PhD

Dr Prasad Karnik has done his M. Sc. In Zoology from Institute of Science, Mumbai and was awarded the PhD from University of Mumbai. He has completed the Diploma in Higher Education from the same University.

Dr Prasad is associated with Academics for more than 25years and has experience to teach at various levels, from School to Post Graduate Students. He taught multiple disciplines in the Subject of Life Sciences, viz, Human Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Human Genetics etc. At present, he is the Visiting Faculty for M. Sc. (Part I & II) at Dept of Life Sciences and Dept of Biotechnology, University of Mumbai; Examiner & Moderator for M. Sc. Part II & M. Sc. Part I respectively for Life Sciences and is a Member, Syllabus Committee, M. Sc. Life Sciences (Part II).

He received extensive training on all the aspects of Sleep Technology from AASM accredited ‘Yakima Sleep Center’ and ‘Pinnacle Sleep & Wake Center’ in the Washington State, USA and is applying the same now in India.

Currently, he shoulders the responsibility as Technical Director at International Institute of Sleep Sciences (IISS), Mumbai and is engaged in Academics, Training and Research aspects of Sleep Sciences. He is actively involved in all the research projects of IISS and co-guiding the PhD scholars working on these projects.

Dr. Ashok Shetty, B. Sc. L. C. E. H.

Dr. Ashok Shetty is a Science Graduate from the University of Mumbai and has done his Medical Education in Homeopathic Medicine from Pune.
Dr. Ashok is the rare blend of Medicine and Entrepreneurship. He has diversified experience in the fields for more than 30years. He utilizes his medical knowledge for the benefit of needy and amasses friends from every walk of life to help many more. He is a very successful hotelier and has uncanny and unparallel ability to detach himself from the glamour and limelight the profession brings, to mingle with the underprivileged in the same stride.

He is the Research & Development Coordinator at International Institute of Sleep Sciences (IISS), Mumbai. Under his able guidance, the Institute is heading towards a very proactive direction professionally. His lifetime ambition of practising his expertise & experience together in

medico-technico-commercial field has come true in IISS. He is streamlining the administrative and managerial frontiers in the Institute. Dr. Ashok is shouldering the responsibilities for the marketing and PR activities of IISS.


Dr.Sanjay Deshmukh

Professor of Life Sciences &
Head - University Department of Life Sciences
University of Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra State, India;

Dr. Sanjay V. Deshmukh is one of the youngest Professors of the 153 year old University of Mumbai. He was only 37, when selected as Professor of Life Sciences at the University. He is the only Faculty of the University to be the recognized PhD Teacher of the University in Botany, Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences. He is currently heading the University Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai.He is one of the directors of IISS and the esteemed guide of the PhD students working with IISS.

Dr. Sanjay studied at the University of Mumbai and obtained his B.Sc. (Botany) in 1984, M.Sc. (Ecology & Plant Geography) in 1986 and in 1990 at the age of 25, Ph.D. Degree (Ecology of mangrove forests) from the same University. He was trained in China (1991) with a fellowship from IDRC-Canada, United Kingdom (1993) under the Colombo Plan Award and with fellowship from and at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1996) in “Management of Common Property Resources.
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