About Us : Affiliated Faculty

Sanjiv Bhatia, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery
Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Miami Children’s Hospital

Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia is a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon who practices at Miami Children’s Hospital. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon with the American Board of 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 alsoinvestigating 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.