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This physician directory lists Pediatric Specialists of America employed physicians, as well as private practice physicians who are solely responsible for the medical services provided by them. All physicians are members of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital medical staff.

= Physicians with the “PSA” badge by their name are employed by Pediatric Specialists of America.

Sanjiv Bhatia, MD

3100 SW 62 Avenue, ACB #3109
MCH Neurosurgery
Miami FL 33155

Phone: (305)662-8386
Fax: (305)663-8490

Status: Active

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Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia is a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon who practices at both the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Miami Children’s Hospital. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon with the American Board of Neurological Surgeons as well as The American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bhatia is an accomplished surgeon and currently focuses his skills on the management of intractable epilepsy, brain tumors, vascular malformations, spinal dysraphism, neuroendoscopy in the surgical management of hydrocephalus and intracranial arachnoid cysts, pediatric peripheral nerve injuries including brachial plexus injuries, and congenital malformations of the central nervous system such as spinal bifida, etc.

Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia graduated from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India in 1980. He then completed his residency in Neurosurgery from the same Institute in 1986 and was an Assistant Professor until 1992. He subsequently joined the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD for two years. During this period, he focused his research on the role of MR and PET imaging in the evaluation and surgical treatment of epilepsy. Upon completion of his research, Dr. Bhatia joined the Boston University School of Medicine. He later joined the Boston VA Medical Center as a Staff Attending physician from 1996 to 2000.

Dr. Bhatia then joined the residency program at the University of Miami in July 2000. He graduated four years later after his residency in Neurological Surgery, fellowship in Vascular and Skull Base Surgery, and fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery. He joined the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine in July 2004 and has since practiced at both Miami Children’s Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Bhatia has authored or co-authored more than 20 publications. He has written four book chapters and has presented at many international and national conferences. He is very active in both teaching and research. He was awarded the Faculty Teaching Award in 2006. He organized a very successful conference on Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery during the Section Meeting of Pediatric Neurological Surgeons held in Miami in 2007. He has also taught at multiple conferences.

Dr. Bhatia has a research interest in a number of aspects related to intractable epilepsy in children. He is currently investigating the role of optical spectroscopy and microelectrode recordings in the detection of epileptogenic cortex. By performing microelectrode recordings of epileptogenic tissue, we may be better able to understand excitatory and inhibitory circuits that may predispose to seizures. The potential medical applications for such techniques, once developed, are abundant. For example, they may be used intraoperatively to guide resection of tumors and epileptogenic cortical tissue . Dr. Bhatia is also investigating the role of proteomics in the pathogenesis of epilepsy and brain tumors with the hopes of improving treatment modalities for epilepsy and brain tumors in the future. Dr. Bhatia is actively involved in various other ongoing clinical projects as well.

Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia is very dedicated to his profession and is an advocate for providing first-world neurosurgical care to third world countries. On a volunteer basis, he has frequently traveled to Haiti to perform neurosurgical procedures on hydrocephalic children. He has future plans to provide a similar service to indigent children in Calcutta, India.


Fibrous dysplasia: management of the optic canal.

Satterwhite TS, Morrison G, Ragheb J, Bhatia S, Perlyn C, Wolfe SA.

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jun;135(6):1016e-24e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000001295.

Treatment of a cerebral pial arteriovenous fistula in a patient with sickle cell disease-related moyamoya syndrome: case report.

Lo Presti A, Weil AG, Fallah A, Peterson EC, Niazi TN, Bhatia S.

J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 May 22:1-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Unusual root development following surgical repositioning of horizontally developing central incisor.

Bhatia SK, Goyal A, Gauba K, Acharya S.

Dent Traumatol. 2015 Jun 2. doi: 10.1111/edt.12182. [Epub ahead of print]

CRISPR/Cas9 cleavage of viral DNA efficiently suppresses hepatitis B virus.

Ramanan V, Shlomai A, Cox DB, Schwartz RE, Michailidis E, Bhatta A, Scott DA, Zhang F, Rice CM, Bhatia SN.

Sci Rep. 2015 Jun 2;5:10833. doi: 10.1038/srep10833.

Screening currency notes for microbial pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes using a shotgun metagenomic approach.

Jalali S, Kohli S, Latka C, Bhatia S, Vellarikal SK, Sivasubbu S, Scaria V, Ramachandran S.

PLoS One. 2015 Jun 2;10(6):e0128711. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128711. eCollection 2015.

Functional assessment of disease-associated regulatory variants in vivo using a versatile dual colour transgenesis strategy in zebrafish.

Bhatia S, Gordon CT, Foster RG, Melin L, Abadie V, Baujat G, Vazquez MP, Amiel J, Lyonnet S, Heyningen Vv, Kleinjan DA.

PLoS Genet. 2015 Jun 1;11(6):e1005193. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005193. eCollection 2015 Jun.

Evaluating the antimicrobial activity of Nisin, Lysozyme and Ethylenediaminetetraacetate incorporated in starch based active food packaging film.

Bhatia S, Bharti A.

J Food Sci Technol. 2015 Jun;52(6):3504-12. doi: 10.1007/s13197-014-1414-7. Epub 2014 May 26.

Isolation of Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don Nuclei and Measurement of Rate of Tryptophan decarboxylase Gene Transcription Using Nuclear Run-On Transcription Assay.

Kumar S, Bhatia S.

PLoS One. 2015 May 29;10(5):e0127892. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127892. eCollection 2015.

Programmable probiotics for detection of cancer in urine.

Danino T, Prindle A, Kwong GA, Skalak M, Li H, Allen K, Hasty J, Bhatia SN.

Sci Transl Med. 2015 May 27;7(289):289ra84. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa3519.

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