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.