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Sonika Bhatnagar, MD, MPH

Sonika Bhatnagar, MD, MPH
Job Title Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3420 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-692-6000 Phone
412-692-6660 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

MD, Drexel University College of Medicine
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health


Cleveland Clinic Foundation


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association
  • American Public Health Association        
  • Society for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Steering Committee, RIVUR      
  • Steering Committee, National Action Plan for Childhood Injury Prevention

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Drug Enforcement Administration


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Best Doctors in America
  • American Academy of Pediatrics CME/Continuing Professional Development Award
  • American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh General Academic Pediatrics Recognition Award
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives Citation


  • S Bhatnagar. The Impact of Educating Parents on the Proper Restraint of Children in Motor Vehicles. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2002; 5: 215A.
  • S Bhatnagar. A Coalition of the Film Industry and Public Health Leaders.  Pediatrics 2008; 121: 1074.
  • E Batra,S Bhatnagar, S Yunghans, et al. "Pennsylvania 2010 Child Death Review Annual Report: Deaths Reviewed in 2009."  Harrisburg (PA): PA Department of Health; 2010.
  • N Shaikh, AL Ewing, S Bhatnagar. Risk of Renal Scarring in Children With a First Urinary Tract Infection: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics 2010;126;1084-1091.
  • A Hoberman, JL Paradise, HE Rockette, N Shaikh, ER Wald, DH Kearney, DK Colborn, M Kurs-Lasky, S Bhatnagar, MA Haralam, LM Zoffel, C Jenkins, MA Pope, TL Balentine, KA Barbadora. Treatment of Acute Otitis Media in Children Under 2 Years of Age. New Engl J Med 2011; 364:105-15.

    View Dr. Bhatnager's full list of publications from PubMed.

Research Interests

  • Advocating the promotion of children’s health through prevention of illnesses and injury; consideration of the development of antimicrobial resistance; health care expenditures, and quality of life.  
  • Contributing to general pediatrics research, including diagnosis and management of common pediatric infections such as otitis media, sinusitis, and urinary tract infections.
  • Enhancing the steps in clinical research including recruitment, informed consent/assent, retention/adherence, and dissemination of these materials through education.
Last Update
May 18, 2015
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Last Update
May 18, 2015