H. William Bonekat, D.O.


Internal Medicine

Pulmonary and Critical Care


Internal Medicine


  • Professor Emeritus


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Clinical Interests

In addition to teaching human physiology and pulmonary medicine, for which he was recognized with a 1995 Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Teaching Award for Excellence, H. William Bonekat co-directs the UC Davis Sleep Disorders Laboratory. His impressive research projects include respiratory control and dyspnea, neuromuscular disease, and cardiovascular consequences of sleep apnea. His expertise relating to respiratory and pulmonary issues has been widely published.


Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine


D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1974

B.S., Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 1969

Internship: Flint Osteopathic Hospital, Flint, Michigan, 1974-75


Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, 1975-78


Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, 1980-81

University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 1978-80

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1978

American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, 1980

American Board of Sleep Medicine, 1994

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Thoracic Society

Greater Sacramento Osteopathic Medical Association

Honors and Awards

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Teaching Award, 1995

Outstanding Clinician Award, UC Davis School of Medicine: Department of Internal Medicine, 2012

Distinguished Clinical Faculty and Clinical Professor, UC Davis School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2012

Select Recent Publications

Hardin, K. A. and H. W. Bonekat. Upper airway obstruction during sleep. Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology 25:191-210, 2003.

Shahar, E, C.W. Coralyn, W. Whitney, S. Redline, E.T. Lee, A.B. Newman, F. J. Nieto, G.T. O'Connor, L.L. Boland, J.E. Schwartz, and J.M. Samet for the Sleep Heart Health Study Research Group. Sleep-disordered breathing and cardiovascular disease. Cross-sectional results of the Sleep Heart Health Study. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 163:19-25. 2001

Sherrill DL, K.A. Griffth, P.L. Enright, T. Manolio, H.W. Bonekat. The predictors of loss of lung function in elderly. The Cardiovascular Health Study. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 163:61-68. 2001

Ugalde, V., S. Walsh, R.T. Abresch, H.W. Bonekat, and E. Breslin. Respiratory abdominal muscle recruitment and chest wall motion in myotonic muscular dystrophy. Journal of Applied Physiology 91:395-407, 2001.

Ugalde, V., E.H. Breslin, S.A. Walsh, H.W. Bonekat, R.T. Abresch and G.T. Carter. Pursed lips breathing improves ventilation in myotonic muscular dystrophy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 81:472-478. 2000

Redline, S., V.K. Kapur, M.H. Sanders, S.F. Quan, D.J. Gottlieb, D.M. Rapoport, H.W. Bonekat, P.L. Smith, J.P. Kiley and C. Iber. Effects of varying approaches for identifying respiratory disturbances on estimates of sleep-disordered breathing. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 161:369-374. 2000

Gottlieb, D.J., C.W. Whitney, H.W. Bonekat, C. Iber, G.D. James, M. Lebowitz, F.J. Nieto and C.E. Rosenberg for the Sleep Heart Health Study Research Group. Relation of sleepiness to respiratory disturbance index: the sleep heart health study. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 159: 502-507. 1999

Redline, S., M.H. Sanders, B.K. Lind, S.F. Quan, C. Iber, D.J. Gottlieb, H.W. Bonekat, D.M. Rapoport, P.L. Smith and J.P. Kiley. Methods for obtaining and analyzing unattended polysomnography data for a multicenter study. Sleep 21(7) 759-767. 1998

Whitney CW, Enright PL, Newman AB, Bonekat HW, Foley D, Quan SF. Correlates of daytime sleepiness in 4,578 elderly persons: the cardiovascular health study. SLEEP 1998;21(1):27-36.

Bonekat, H.W. Noninvasive ventilation in neuromuscular disease. Critical Care Clinics 14(4): 775-797. 1998

Glenn C, Bonekat HW, et al. Lung hernia. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 1997;15(3):260-262.

Yoneda KY, Bonekat HW, Gandour-Edwards R. Persistent cough in a patient with diabetes. Journal of Respiratory Diseases 1995;16:125-128.

Marelich GP, Bonekat HW. An HIV patient with headache, adenopathy, and infiltrates. Journal of Respiratory Diseases 1994;15:320-324.

Carter GT, Bonekat HW, Milio L. Successful pregnancies in the presence of spinal muscular atrophy: two case reports. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1994;75:229-231.