Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, Chief of the Section of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, received the Founder’s Award for his research achievements and contributions to the Southern Society for Pediatric Research.
Bhatia, who also directs the MCG Fellowship Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, was honored Feb. 22 during the Southern Regional Meetings in New Orleans sponsored by the Southern Society for Pediatric Research and five other professional societies.
Bhatia also has been named an Honorary Fellow by the Philippine Pediatric Society of Newborn Medicine, a subspecialty society of the Philippine Pediatric Society.
His service to the Southern Society for Pediatric Research dates back to a 1995 term on its Council. He subsequently served terms as Secretary-Treasurer, President-Elect and President. Bhatia also has served on the society’s Clinical Young Investigator Awards Committee.
Bhatia has served as an honorary consultant to the Division of Neonatology at The Philippine Children’s Medical Center for more than 15 years, was named an honorary member of the Perinatal Association of the Philippines, Inc. in 2010 and has been honored by The Philippine Pediatric Society.
He is Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, serves as the committee’s liaison to the academy’s Section on Breast Feeding and is the academy’s representative to the National Dairy Council Advisory Board. He has served as Chair of the Committee on Fetus and Newborn of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1996.
He is an Editor for eMedicine.com and the site’s Chief Editor for Nutrition; an editorial board member, Supplements Editor and Associate Neonatology Editor of the Journal of Perinatology; and on the editorial boards of the Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics and the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine and Neonatology.
Bhatia’s research interests include protein and lipid requirements of premature infants, liver dysfunction that may result from intravenous nutrition as well as the role of light and photosensitizers in the production of reactive oxygen species and liver damage in babies.