Dr. Bhat received his M.B.B.S. and M.D. degrees from University of Mysore in India. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Government Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore, India, Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal, India and Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, USA. He completed his fellowship training in nephrology at New York University Medical Center. He was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship for two years by New York State Kidney Disease Institute to continue research at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Bhat is a diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of internal Medicine in Nephrology. He has earned numerous honors and awards most notably, the Government of India’s Ministry of Health Merit Scholarship.
Dr. Bhat has been affiliated with most major medical and educational institutions in New York area for over three decades. He has been intimately involved with post graduate medical education and has served on the panels of several residency and fellowship training programs in New York City area. His past faculty appointments included New York University School of Medicine and State University of New Health Sciences Center in Stonybrook, New York and Albert Einstein School of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He has held various administrative and leadership positions in various hospitals in New York including interim Chairman of Medicine and Medical Director at North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills, New York. He has an avid interest in research and has published numerous research papers in the fields of kidney diseases. He is considered an expert on health care economics in general and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program in particular and has been sought after speaker on this issue nationwide.
Dr. Bhat is co-founder of Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, a New York based dialysis chain providing high quality dialysis services to patients with ESRD. He is currently serving as director on Kidney Care Council, a Washington D.C. based industry group working with the government to improve quality of care for patients on dialysis. Dr. Bhat was appointed as Chancellor of Xavier University School of Medicine in Oranjestad, Aruba in 2008. He is also a trustee of the Xavier University Foundation in Aruba.
In recognition of his long and dedicated service to the people of New York State, Governor David Paterson appointed him to prestigious New York State Public Health Council in 2010. His appointment was confirmed by the State Senate and he served on the Establishment Committee and Health Personnel Committee of the Public Health Council. He was re-appointed by Governor Paterson to the newly formed New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council. He served as the Chairman of the Health Personnel Committee of Public Health and Health Planning Council from 2012- 2015.
Dr. Nirmal K. Mattoo was born and educated in India. He received his medical degree from the University of Delhi in 1967, completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in New York. He is a founding partner of Mattoo and Bhat Medical Associates, PC, one of the largest nephrology practices in New York. He is also co-founder and owner of Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, the largest private dialysis provider in New York State. He was Chief Executive Officer of Wyckoff-Heights Medical Center and co-chairman of Chief Medical Officers’ Council of the Columbia Presbyterian system.
He has served as National President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the major national organization, the Association of Indians in America. He has been the chief patron and guiding light of the Center for India Studies at Stony Brook University. As Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Center, he has spearheaded a $5 million permanent endowment campaign for the Center. He and his wife have also established an endowed Chair at the Center, the Nirmal and Augustina Mattoo Chair in Indic Humanities. In recognition of his enlightened leadership and sustained contribution, the Stony Brook University has renamed the Center in honor of his parents as the Bishembarnath and Sheela Mattoo Center for India Studies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Stony Brook Foundation.
Dr. Mattoo is co-editor of the major reference volume, Ananya: A Portrait of India, published by the Association of Indians in America to mark the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence in 1997. Consisting of 41 detailed chapters by the world’s leading scholars and intellectuals, the 961-page volume provides a magisterial overview of Indian civilization, including its history, philosophy, religions, society, languages, literatures, music, science, technology, business, arts and architecture. It has been critically acclaimed as a monumental achievement in India and the United States.
Dr. Mattoo has been featured in a nationally broadcast PBS documentary, Asian Indians in America, and in many interviews in print and television. He is active in the Kashmiri Pandits’ causes in India and in the U.S. and has served as Director of the Kashmiri Overseas Association. He is also active in numerous philanthropic and humanitarian causes and has been honored by many organizations, including Children’s Hope, the Boy Scouts of America, the Association for the Visually Handicapped, the Nargis Dutt Foundation, the American Association of Indian Social Workers, the Arya Samaj, Asia Initiatives and many others. He was given a Recognition Award for Community Service by the Association of Indians in America.
Dr. Mattoo is a respected national leader of the Indian American community, with a grand vision for an enlightened partnership of India and the U.S. based on mutual respect and recognition of their enduring values and contributions to the welfare of humanity. An expert medical professional, successful entrepreneur, and respected community leader, Dr. Mattoo is a Renaissance man, with a deep knowledge of an astonishingly broad range of subjects in the arts, sciences and the humanities. He is a scholar and a gentleman, whose shyness and modesty adds a special grace and charm to his kindness, compassion, and generosity. He lives on Long Island with his wife Augustina, an able and active partner in his multifarious projects. Their son, Aditya, is a nephrologist on the faculty of New York University Medical School, and they have three grandchildren, Surya, Deven, and Dhruv.