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Dr. Jatinder Bhatia

Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

“I credit my father as an important influence in my passion for nutrition.  My father was an accomplished researcher in food technology and instilled in me as a child, the importance of and the impact of early nutrition. Medical professionals all have the same goal: to make a difference in their patients’ health. Seeking ways to better our nutritional practices continues to be a passion of mine and I continue to believe that early nutrition is one of the key influences to better health outcomes.  Different ways of educating others – including health professionals, consumers, and children about nutrition -  is something I continue to explore and believe can make an impact .”

Dr. Jatinder 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 the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia 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 in Galveston where he rose through the ranks to associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and Community Health. He also held a joint appointment at the university’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

In 1991, Dr. Bhatia returned to Augusta University as a professor of pediatrics. Three years later he was named chief of the Division of Neonatology and program director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship. He is also a professor in the Augusta University College of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair of Clinical Research.

Dr. Bhatia is an honorary consultant for Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City. He has been recognized for his academic and clinical work throughout his career with honors such as the Distinguished Faculty Award for Institutional Service at the Georgia Regents University, Georgia Nutrition Council Award of Excellence, and Founder’s Award in Pediatrics from the Southern Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Bhatia’s areas of research interest include a wide variety of neonatal issues such as neonatal nutrition, total parenteral nutrition, reaction oxygen species, hepatic dysfunction and outcomes research. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, industry and foundations. He is the author of more than 150 articles, abstracts and book chapters and has made presentations of his work nationally and internationally.

He is a past president for the Southern Society of Pediatric Research and served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. His memberships include the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, the American Institute of Nutrition, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dietetic Association. He is an active reviewer for numerous journals and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Perinatology, Journal of Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, and eMedicine.

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