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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 Medical Association
  • RIVUR Steering Committee


  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives Citation
  • American Academy of Pediatrics CME/Continuing Professional Development Award
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award


  • 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.

Biography Summary

Sonika Bhatnagar, MD, MPH, joined Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2008 and is a faculty member in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. Dr. Bhatnagar received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She recently completed a Master's of Public Health in Health Care Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her two main areas of interest are serving as an advocate of the promotion of children’s health through disease and injury prevention and general pediatrics research, specifically the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections and acute otitis media.
While in Boston, she worked as a Fellow for the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health at the Massachusetts State House. Currently, she serves as one of two Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Physician Contributors to the Allegheny County Child Death Review Team to systematically review child deaths from birth to adolescence and identify preventable contributing factors to create a public health model of prevention of child fatality through influencing legislation and promoting public education. Most recently, she created a Kohl’s Safety Center at the Primary Care Center, in collaboration with the Injury Prevention and Trauma Programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, to educate parents and children in our community on how to stay safe at home and prevent injuries, the leading cause of death and disability in children. On a state level, she has served as a consultant to the Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics to analyze statewide Child Death Review findings and propose educational and legislative strategies. On a national level, she has served as a consultant to the CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to create a National Action Plan to prevent childhood unintentional injuries and serves on the Steering Committee for this national plan.
Her general pediatric research interests include the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections and acute otitis media. She is a co-investigator and serves on the Steering Committee with Drs. Alejandro Hoberman and Nader Shaikh on a multicenter NIH funded program studying the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis for children with vesicoureteral reflux versus early detection and treatment of urinary tract infections in the prevention of kidney scarring and damage (RIVUR). She is working with this same team of investigators on another NIH-funded program in three children’s hospitals to better elucidate why some children without evidence of reflux may still develop recurrent urinary tract infections through providing close monitoring and follow-up (CUTIE). Dr. Bhatnagar presented a poster on "Prognosis of Children with Urinary Tract Infection – A Systematic Review" with Dr. Shaikh at the International Conference on Vesicoureteral Reflux in Children in Göteborg, Sweden. Together with Diana Kearney, Research Manager, and Drs. Hoberman and Shaikh, Dr. Bhatnagar created a Parent Tool Kit for the NIDDK RIVUR study available online. Her role in general pediatrics research has expanded to analyze strategies to increase recruitment of pediatric randomized controlled trials.
She is a member of several notable professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatric Association, and American Public Health Association.
Last Update
December 9, 2014
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Last Update
December 9, 2014