Dr. Jatinder Bhatia (pronounced juh-TEN-dur BAH-tee-uh) is the chief of the Division of Neonatology for the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. In addition, he is medical director of the Georgia Regional Perinatal Center, one of only six in Georgia, housed in the Children's Hospital of Georgia.
Children's Hospital of Georgia is the second largest children's hospital in the state and has the highest level - Level IV - neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Bhatia is also director of CHOG's ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), Nutrition and Transport programs. CHOG is a pioneer in ECMO technology, having developed the Southeast's first ECMO program in 1985.
Bhatia's areas of research interest include neonatal nutrition, total parental nutrition, reaction oxygen species, hepatic dysfunction, outcomes research and is currently involved in studies in the areas of surfactant therapy, probiotics and coagulation homeostasis during ECMO. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, industry and foundations. He is the author of nearly 200 articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and has edited numerous books and workshop series.
He is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Chapter's Committee on Fetus and Newborns, and is past chair of the AAPs Committee on Nutrition. Bhatia serves on the editorial advisory board of Pediatric Care Online, is associate editor of the Journal of Perinatology, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous international journals.
Bhatia is a 1975 graduate of the Armed Forces Medical College of the University of Poona, India. He completed his pediatric residency, including a year as chief resident, at Augusta University, followed by a joint fellowship in neonatology and pediatric nutrition at the University of Iowa. He then joined the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch and was an associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and Community Health with a joint appointment in the University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
In 1991, Bhatia returned to Augusta University as Professor of Pediatrics at MCG, where he also serves as vice chair for Clinical Research and program director of the fellowship program in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. Fellows from the program are now practicing in a wide geographic area both in academics and private practice.
Areas of Expertise (8)
ECMO (artificial heart-lung bypass)
Neonatal Intensive Care
Neonatal and Maternal Nutrition
Best Doctors in America (professional)
Bhatia has repeatedly made the list of Best Doctors in America in the field of neonatology.
Lifetime Achievement Award (professional)
Medical College of Georgia
Founders Award (professional)
Southern Society for Pediatric Research
Distinguished Faculty Award (professional)
For Institutional Service at the Augusta University
Award of Excellence (professional)
Georgia Nutrition Council
- Committee of Fetus and Newborn, Georgia Chapter of the AAP : Chair
- NBC's Parent Toolkit: Expert
- Journal of Perinatology : Associate Editor
- International Journal of Women's Health: Reviewer
- Pediatric Care Online: Editorial Advisory Board
Media Appearances (6)
SWAT team of immune cells found in mother's milk
Science Daily online
Breast is best, research confirms. Immune cells that are ready to take action against invaders like bacteria have been found in women's breast milk, researchers say. They say the presence of this SWAT team of immune cells called innate lymphoid cells, or ILCs, in human breast milk is more evidence of the benefits of breastfeeding.
New Treatment Could Reduce Chronic Lung Disease In Premature Babies
Science Daily online
A less traumatic way of delivering surfactant, a lung lubricant that premature babies need to help them breathe, could reduce the incidence of respiratory problems they’ll have later, Medical College of Georgia physicians say. The problem is that while surfactant keeps the tiny air sacs inside the lungs from sticking together when they inflate and deflate while breathing, the delivery method causes trauma to the respiratory system and can lead to chronic lung disease, says Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, an MCG neonatologist.
Dangers of homemade milk
Parent Herald online
Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, a neonatalogist at Children’s Hospital of Georgia and an expert on infant nutrition, shares his concerns about homemade baby formula in an article in the Parent Herald.
Can Babies Have Soy Milk? Here's What You Need To Know
You've welcomed your bouncing bundle of joy into the world, and now you're working on keeping your baby alive. Which, some days, is harder than it sounds. Nutrition is one of the most important things you'll be paying attention to while raising your child. Whether you decide not to breastfeed, or you're winding breastfeeding down, eventually, you'll be looking for alternate milk sources to keep your babe happy. While surveying your options, you might wonder, can babies have soy milk?
Little Patients, Big Miracles: A baby's life and legacy live on after his death
For a lot of families who end up at the Children's Hospital of Georgia, it's a tough road. For Kenny and Shauna Thigpen, it was especially tough. While their story is difficult to hear, they say the people at CHOG left a mark on their journey that will never leave them. That's because doctors, nurses, and staff did everything they could to save the Thigpen's baby boy, Boone.
Low- and high-birthweight babies appear at increased risk for cardiovascular disease
Science Daily online
For reasons that remain unclear at least in the smaller babies, both birthweight extremes appear to increase the likelihood of early development of dangerous fat around major organs in the abdomen that significantly increases these risks, said Dr. Brian Stansfield, neonatologist at the Children's Hospital of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Concern over childhood obesity has generated a decade-long reformation of school nutrition policies. Food is available in school in 3 venues: federally sponsored school meal programs; items sold in competition to school meals, such as a la carte, vending machines, and school stores; and foods available in myriad informal settings, including packed meals and snacks, bake sales, fundraisers, sports booster sales, in-class parties, or other school celebrations.
Sales of raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products are still legal in at least 30 states in the United States. Raw milk and milk products from cows, goats, and sheep continue to be a source of bacterial infections attributable to a number of virulent pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella species, Brucella species, and Escherichia coli O157.
Objective: The objective of this study is to compare all-cause in-hospital mortality in preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) treated with poractant alfa, calfactant or beractant.