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Nnamdi Orakpo, MD, Psychiatry, Redwood City, CA, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

NnamdiOrakpoMD PhD

Psychiatry Redwood City, CA

Sleep Medicine

Sleep Physician I ER Psychiatrist I Clinician in Virtual Reality Neurofeedback for Sleep Disorders

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  • I am a Psychiatric Physician Scientist and a Sleep Medicine Fellow at Stanford University, with research and publications in Sleep Medicine, Biomedical Gerontology, and Multimodal Pain Management. I use endogenous neuromodulation in the form of VR InfraLow Frequency Neurofeedback as an adjunct to traditional CBT to improve Sleep disorders, helping patients produce healthier brain rhythms.
  • What Do You Imagine the Future of VR Looks Like?

    VR is becoming more realistic for clinicians to use in practice, such as using VR with patients with dementia, pain management, psychiatric care, and education.

Education & Training

  • Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford University
    Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford UniversityFellowship, Sleep Medicine, 2022 - 2023
  • Garnet Health Medical Center
    Garnet Health Medical CenterResidency, Psychiatry, 2018 - 2022
  • Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center of Chicago / Jackson Park Hospital
    Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center of Chicago / Jackson Park HospitalInternship, Pre-Internship (Formerly 5th Pathway), 2015 - 2016
  • Universidad de Guadalajara
    Universidad de GuadalajaraClass of 2016
  • University of North Texas
    University of North TexasPh.D, Biomedical Gerontology, Oncology, Cum Laude, 2006 - 2011
  • University of North Texas
    University of North TexasB.S., Applied Gerontology, 2001 - 2005

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2022 - 2024

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Member's Choice Award for Best Overall Research American Medical Student Association, 2012

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Does Virtual Reality Feedback at Infra-Low Frequency Improve Centralized Pain With Comorbid Insomnia While Mitigating Risks for Sedative Use Disorder?: A Case Report  
    Nnamdi Orakpo, Chujun Yuan, Olanrewaju Olukitibi, Jeff Burdette, Kim Arrington, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5/18/2022

Press Mentions

  • How a Pediatric Cardiologist Uses VR to Educate on Congenital Heart Conditions
    How a Pediatric Cardiologist Uses VR to Educate on Congenital Heart ConditionsJune 3rd, 2019

Grant Support

  • Thomas Guarino Family Academic Fund for Research & EducationGarnet Health Educational Foundation2019–2021

Research History

  • Principal InvestigatorThe Efficacy of Neurofeedback Therapy in Virtual Reality: Implications for cognitive behavioral therapy in opioid - independent pain management2019 - Present

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • German, Spanish

Hospital Affiliations