• Dr. Batra currently serves as the director of the Interventional Pulmonology and Pleural Disease Program at UAB. He has completed an advanced fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Batra also holds a degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Collat School of Business of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Dr. Batra completed his initial medical training and internship at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He followed this training with an internship and residency at the Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA, during which he was chief resident at the VA medical center. After completing his internship and residency training, Dr. Batra entered into the UAB Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. After his fellowship training, Dr. Batra joined the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine as a full-time faculty member in 2015.

    Dr. Batra established the UAB Interventional Pulmonology and Pleural disease program and is currently the director of this program. Dr. Batra also established the UAB Fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology and is currently the fellowship director. He has also served on faculty in the interventional pulmonology program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Batra is currently an active member of the Clinicians Advisory Committee of the American Thoracic Society (ATS).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Bleeding Risk With Combination Intrapleural Fibrinolytic and Enzyme Therapy in Pleural Infection: An International, Multicenter, Retrospective Cohort StudyChest.  162:1384-1392. 2022
    2022 Two-bronchoscope technique for cryoextraction: An alternative approach for the removal of endobronchial thrombi in childrenPediatric pulmonology. Supplement.  57:2558-2561. 2022
    2022 A Multicenter Study Assessing Interventional Pulmonary Fellow Competency in Electromagnetic Navigation BronchoscopyATS Scholar.  3:220-228. 2022
    2021 Predictors of In-Hospital Death in Patients with Lung Cancer Admitted for Acute Radiation Pneumonitis: A Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) AnalysisClinical Lung Cancer.  22:e716-e722. 2021
    2021 Managing complications of percutaneous tracheostomy and gastrostomyJournal of Thoracic Disease.  13:5314-5330. 2021
    2021 Navigational Bronchoscopy with Interventional Pulmonologists and Thoracic SurgeonsInnovations:Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.  16:117-122. 2021
    2020 Tracheotomy in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic 2020
    2019 Safety and diagnostic performance of pulmonologists performing electromagnetic guided percutaneous lung biopsy (SPiNperc)Respirology.  24:453-458. 2019
    2018 Immunocompromised patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome: Secondary analysis of the LUNG SAFE database 2018
    2016 Attenuated heme oxygenase-1 responses predispose the elderly to pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial infections 2016
    2015 Heme oxygenase-1 protects Corexit 9500ainduced respiratory epithelial injury across speciesPLoS One.  10. 2015
    2015 Pleural mesothelial cells in pleural and lung diseasesJournal of Thoracic Disease.  7:964-980. 2015
    2014 The pleural mesothelium in development and diseaseFrontiers in Physiology.  5 JUL. 2014

    Education And Training

  • Louisiana State University, Internship
  • Louisiana State University, Residency
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Master of Business in Business Administration and Management, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2017
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (MBBS), 2008
  • Full Name

  • Hitesh Batra