Smita Bhatia

USA

Smita Bhatia

USA

Biography

Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham in January 2015 to establish the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship. She is the Gay and Bew White Endowed Professor in the Division of Pediatric Oncology and serves as the Vice Chair for Outcomes Research in the Department of Pediatrics. She also serves as the Associate Director for Outcomes Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has served (or is currently serving) on the editorial boards of multiple journals including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Biology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention; additionally, she serves as the Section Editor for Cancer. Dr. Bhatia received her medical training from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. She moved with her husband Ravi to the US in June of 1989, as her husband got an incredible opportunity for a fellowship in Hematology Oncology at the University of Minnesota. She completed her training in Blood Banking, Hematology/ Oncology and Bone Marrow transplantation training from the University of Minnesota, where she also received her Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology. She also did a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Les Robison at the University of Minnesota. She joined the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1996, where she developed her career as a physician scientist. In 2006, she established a new Department of Population Sciences at City of Hope, and served as chair of the department until 2014. An internationally renowned leader in cancer survivorship and outcomes research, she is the author of over 220 publications, and has been continually funded by the NIH and by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society since 2000 She is a past scholar of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. She has also received funding from the Department of Defense, Sr. Baldrick’s Foundation, V Foundation and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Bhatia continues to serve on several Study Sections for the National Cancer Institute. She serves on the scientific advisory board for several cancer centers. She was elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation and to the Association of American Physicians in recognition of meritorious and outstanding contributions as a physician scientist. She is the recipient of the Frank H Oski Lectureship Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology to honor outstanding investigation in Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She has also served on the Pediatric Cancer Working Group for the NCI Cancer “Moonshot” initiative.