Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, Pulmonary Function
and Exercise Physiology Lab

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
1900 University Blvd., THT-422
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294 

Physician Provider Profile

Board Certifications
2009, American Board of Internal Medicine

2012, American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
2013, American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Medical School:  Mysore Medical School, Mysore, India

Residency:  All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Chief Residency: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Residency: Temple University/St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Fellowship:  Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine
University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, IA

Contact Information

Campus Address:

     THT 422

Academic Office location:

     KB 231

Office Phone:

     (205) 996-0101
Office Fax (Academic):

     (205) 996-4699

Email Address:

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Office Assistant:   
Linda Johnson-Phipps                                            
Ph: (205) 996-0101
Fax: (205) 934-3277
Brief Bio

Dr. Bhatt completed his medical degree at Mysore Medical College in India, followed
by an Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India. He then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Temple University/St Luke’s Hospital, followed by fellowship training in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. He has been a UAB faculty member since 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Bhatt serves as the Medical Director of the UAB Pulmonary Function and Exercise Physiology Lab, a state-of-the-art lab for pulmonary physiology testing. Dr. Bhatt has also been named a "Top 10 Teacher" by the Department of Medicine in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Clinical Interests 
Dr. Bhatt’s clinical interests include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and advanced emphysema. As part of the multidisciplinary team at the COPD Clinic, he has a particular interest in the comprehensive holistic management of COPD patients. He also evaluates patients for lung volume reduction procedures and has a special interest in bronchoscopic lung volume reduction procedures including endobronchial valve and coil placements.

Dr. Bhatt also directs the “Remote Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program”, a novel program directed at providing COPD patients with pulmonary rehabilitation at home with the help of telemonitoring and new technology.

Academic & Research Interests
Dr. Bhatt’s primary research interest is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with a special emphasis on acute exacerbations of COPD, cardiac comorbidity, heart-lung interactions, and respiratory physiology. He is interested in novel imaging modalities to help understand lung pathophysiology as it pertains to the above areas of interest. As part of the Lung Health Center, he is also involved in multiple NIH sponsored and pharma trials including the COPDGene and Spiromics studies.

Key Publications 
Bhatt SP, Terry NLJ, Nath H, Zach JA, Tschirren J, Bolding MS, Stinson DS, Wilson CG, Curran-Everett D, Lynch DA, Putcha N, Soler X, Wise RA, Washko GR, Hoffman EA, Foreman MG, Dransfield MT. Association Between Expiratory Central Airway Collapse and Respiratory Outcomes Among Smokers. JAMA. 2016 Feb 2;315(5):498-505. PMID: 26836732

Bhatt SP, Soler X, Wang X, Murray S, Anzueto AR, Beaty TH, Boriek AM, Casaburi R, Criner GJ, Diaz AA, Dransfield MT, Curran-Everett D, Galbán CJ, Hoffman EA, Hogg JC, Kazerooni EA, Kim V, Kinney GL, Lagstein A, Lynch DA, Make BJ, Martinez FJ, Ramsdell JW, Reddy R, Ross BD, Rossiter HB, Steiner RM, Strand MJ, van Beek EJR, Wan ES, Washko GR, Wells JM, Wendt CH, Wise RA, Silverman EK, Crapo JD, Bowler RP, Han MK, for the COPDGene Investigators. Association between functional small airways disease and FEV1 decline in COPD. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26808615

Bhatt SP, Wells JM, Kinney GL, Washko GR Jr, Budoff M, Kim YI, Bailey WC, Nath H, Hokanson JE, Silverman EK, Crapo J, Dransfield MT; COPDGene Investigators. β-Blockers are associated with a reduction in COPD exacerbations. Thorax. 2016 Jan;71(1):8-14. PMID: 26283710

Bhatt SP, Wells JM, Criner GJ, Hersh CP, Hardin M, Bailey WC, Nath H, Kim YI, Foreman MG, Stinson DS, Wilson CG, Rennard SI, Silverman EK, Make BJ, Dransfield MT; COPDGene Investigators. Radiological correlates and clinical implications of the paradoxical lung function response to β₂ agonists: an observational study. Lancet Respir Med. 2014 Nov;2(11):911-8. PMID: 25217076; PMCID: PMC4306040

Bhatt SP, Sieren JC, Dransfield MT, Washko GR, Newell JD Jr, Stinson DS, Zamba GK, Hoffman EA; COPDGene Investigators. Comparison of spirometric thresholds in diagnosing smoking-related airflow obstruction. Thorax. 2014 May;69(5):409-14. PMID: 23525095; PMCID: PMC4146523.

Bhatt SP, Dransfield MT. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease. Transl Res. 2013 Oct;162(4):237-51. Review. PMID: 23727296.

Bhatt SP, Cole AG, Wells JM, Nath H, Watts JR, Cockcroft JR, Dransfield MT. Determinants of arterial stiffness in COPD. BMC Pulm Med. 2014 Jan 4;14:1. PMID: 24387157; PMCID: PMC3890490.

Bhatt SP, Nanda S, Kintzer JS. Arrhythmias as trigger for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respir Med. 2012 Aug;106(8):1134-8. PMID: 22595809.

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