Assistant Professor of Medicine

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Medical Director, Pulmonary Function
and Exercise Physiology Lab
319 Lyons-Harrison Research Building

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, 2001

Internship & Residency: 

Resident:  All india Institute of Medical Sciences 2002-04

Chief Resident: All India Institute of Medical Sciences 2005-06

Resident: Temple University/St. Luke's Hospital 2006-09

Fellowship:  Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine
University of Iowa Hospital, 2009 - 12

Contact Information

Campus Address:

 THT 422

Academic Office location:

 319 LHRB

Office Phone:

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

 (205) 934-3277

Email Address:

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Office Assistant:                                    

Linda Johnson-Phipps                                                      
Ph: (205) 996-0101

Fax: (205) 996-4699

Brief Bio

Dr.Bhatt completed his medical degree at Mysore Medical College in India, followed
by residency in Internal Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. He was Chief Resident at AIIMS. 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 on the faculty at UAB since 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. He serves as the Medical Director of the UAB Pulmonary Function and Exercise Physiology Lab, a state of the art lab for pulmonary physiology testing. He was named “Top 10 Teacher” by the Department of Medicine in 2012-14

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 in 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


  1. Bhatt SP, Wells JM, Kim V, 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 β agonists: an observational study. Lancet Respir Med. 2014 Nov;2(11):911-8.     PMID: 25217076; PMCID: PMC4306040.
  2. 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.
  3. Bhatt SP, Kim YI, Wells JM, Bailey WC, Ramsdell JW, Foreman MG, Jensen RL, Stinson DS, Wilson CG, Lynch DA, Make BJ, Dransfield MT. FEV(1)/FEV(6) to diagnose airflow obstruction. Comparisons with computed tomography and morbidity      indices. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Mar;11(3):335-41. PMID: 24450777; PMCID:      PMC4028741.
  4. 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.
  5. Bhatt SP, Dransfield MT. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease. Transl Res. 2013 Oct;162(4):237-51. Review. PMID: 23727296.
  6. 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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