Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Bhatt completed his medical degree at Mysore Medical College in India, followed by an Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India. He then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Temple University/St Luke’s University Hospital, followed by fellowship training in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. He has been a UAB faculty member since 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Bhatt serves as the Medical Director of the UAB Pulmonary Function and Exercise Physiology Lab, a state-of-the-art lab for pulmonary physiology testing. In 2017, he was one of UAB's Pittman Scholars and was awarded the Dean's Excellence Award for Research by the UAB School of Medicine.Dr. Bhatt also directs the “UAB Telehealth Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program”, a novel program directed at providing COPD patients with pulmonary rehabilitation at home with the help of telemonitoring and new technology.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 Combined Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 Second and Forced Vital Capacity Bronchodilator Response, Exacerbations, and Mortality in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2019
    2019 Discriminative Accuracy of FEV1:FVC Thresholds for COPD-Related Hospitalization and Mortality 2019
    2019 Update in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2018 2019
    2019 Clinical Epidemiology of COPD: Insights From 10 Years of the COPDGene Study. 2019
    2019 Fibroblast growth factor 23 is associated with a frequent exacerbator phenotype in COPD: A cross-sectional pilot study 2019
    2019 Predictors of Response to Endobronchial Coil Therapy in Patients With Advanced Emphysema 2019
    2019 Video Telehealth Pulmonary Rehabilitation Intervention In COPD Reduces 30-day Readmissions. 2019
    2019 Lung volume reduction for severe emphysema: good things come in small packages 2019
    2019 Safety and tolerability of comprehensive research bronchoscopy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease results from the SPIROMICS bronchoscopy substudy 2019
    2019 The Peak Index: Spirometry Metric for Airflow Obstruction Severity and Heterogeneity. 2019
    2019 Respiratory symptoms in smokers with normal spirometry: clinical significance and management considerations 2019
    2019 Symptoms of anxiety and depression and use of anxiolytic-hypnotics and antidepressants in current and former smokers with and without COPD - A cross sectional analysis of the COPDGene cohort 2019
    2019 Alignment of inhaled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease therapies with published strategies :analysis of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease recommendations in SpiroMics 2019
    2019 Imaging advances in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease insights from the genetic epidemiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPDGene) study 2019
    2019 Life-course smoking trajectories and risk for emphysema in middle age: The CARDIA Lung study 2019
    2019 Acquired cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator dysfunction and radiographic bronchiectasis in current and former smokers: A cross-sectional study 2019
    2019 High fasting C-peptide levels and insulin resistance in non-lean & non-obese (BMI >19 to < 25 kg/m 2 ) Asian Indians with type 2 diabetes are independently associated with high intra-abdominal fat and liver span 2019
    2019 It’s time to rehabilitate pulmonary rehabilitation 2019
    2019 Mortality and exacerbations by global initiative for chronic obstructive lung disease groups ABCD: 2011 versus 2017 in the COPDGene® cohort 2019
    2018 Centrilobular emphysema and coronary artery calcification: Mediation analysis in the SPIROMICS cohort 2018
    2018 Airway fractal dimension predicts respiratory morbidity and mortality in COPD 2018
    2018 Erratum: Airway fractal dimension predicts respiratory morbidity and mortality in COPD (Journal of Clinical Investigation (2018) 128:12 (5374–5382) DOI: 10.1172/JCI120693) 2018
    2018 Longitudinal phenotypes and mortality in preserved ratio impaired spirometry in the COPDGene study 2018
    2018 Lung function in young adults and risk of cardiovascular events over 29 years: The CARDIA study 2018
    2018 New Spirometry Indices for Detecting Mild Airflow Obstruction 2018
    2018 Elevated circulating MMP-9 is linked to increased COPD exacerbation risk in SPIROMICS and COPDGene 2018
    2018 Association of low income with pulmonary disease progression in smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 2018
    2018 Visual Estimate of Coronary Artery Calcium Predicts Cardiovascular Disease in COPD 2018
    2018 Early chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or early detection of mild disease? 2018
    2018 Erratum to: Computed tomography quantification of tracheal abnormalities in COPD and their influence on airflow limitation (Medical Physics, (2017), 44, 7, (3594-3603), 10.1002/mp.12274) 2018
    2018 Interstitial features at chest CT enhance the deleterious effects of emphysema in the COPDGene cohort 2018
    2018 NT-proBNP in stable COPD and future exacerbation risk: Analysis of the SPIROMICS cohort 2018
    2018 Generic respiratory symptoms and branded lung diseases: Same Difference? 2018
    2018 Association of e-cigarette use with oral health: a population-based cross-sectional questionnaire study. 2018
    2018 Chest wall strapping increases expiratory airflow and detectable airway segments in computer tomographic scans of normal and obstructed lungs 2018
    2018 Smoking duration alone provides stronger risk estimates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than pack-years 2018
    2018 Paratracheal paraseptal emphysema and expiratory central airway collapse in smokers 2018
    2018 Recent advances in computed tomography imaging in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2018
    2018 Diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Breathing new life into an old debate 2018
    2018 Cigarette smoking and response to inhaled corticosteroids in COPD 2018
    2018 Life-space mobility and clinical outcomes in COPD 2018
    2018 The use of a standardized order set reduces systemic corticosteroid dose and length of stay for individuals hospitalized with acute exacerbations of COPD: A cohort study 2018
    2017 Cardiac morphometry on computed tomography and exacerbation reduction with β-blocker therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2017
    2017 Implications of DRG Classification in a Bundled Payment Initiative for COPD. 2017
    2017 Incomplete fissures are associated with increased alveolar ventilation via spiracles in severe emphysema 2017
    2017 Signs of gas trapping in normal lung density regions in smokers 2017
    2017 Social Determinants of Adherence to Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2017
    2017 Higher BMI is associated with higher expiratory airflow normalised for lung volume (FEF25–75/FVC) in COPD 2017
    2017 Computed tomography measure of lung at risk and lung function decline in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2017
    2017 Computed tomography quantification of tracheal abnormalities in COPD and their influence on airflow limitation: 2017
    2017 FEV1 decline in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Reply 2017
    2017 Pulmonary artery to aorta ratio is associated with cardiac structure and functional changes in mild-to-moderate COPD 2017
    2017 Results of a Medicare Bundled Payments for care Improvement initiative for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease readmissions 2017
    2017 Ventricular Geometry From Non-contrast Non-ECG-gated CT Scans: An Imaging Marker of Cardiopulmonary Disease in Smokers 2017
    2017 Reply: FEV1 Decline in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2017
    2017 Acute exacerbations and lung function loss in smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2017
    2017 A randomized trial of once-daily fluticasone furoate/vilanterol or vilanterol versus placebo to determine effects on arterial stiffness in COPD 2017
    2017 Biomechanical CT metrics are associated with patient outcomes in COPD 2017
    2017 Pulmonary rehabilitation improves outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease independent of disease burden 2017
    2016 Clinical, physiologic, and radiographic factors contributing to development of hypoxemia in moderate to severe COPD: A cohort study 2016
    2016 A Novel Spirometric Measure Identifies Mild COPD Unidentified by Standard Criteria 2016
    2016 CT-derived Biomechanical Metrics Improve Agreement Between Spirometry and Emphysema 2016
    2016 Eosinophils in COPD: the Janus of phenotyping response to therapy? 2016
    2016 Hidden in plain sight: Lung impairment in ischemic heart disease 2016
    2016 A genome-wide analysis of the response to inhaled β 2-agonists in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2016
    2016 Association between functional small airway disease and FEV1 decline in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2016
    2016 Persistent and newly developed chronic bronchitis are associated with worse outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2016
    2016 Meeting the challenge of COPD care delivery in the USA: A multiprovider perspective 2016
    2016 β-Blockers for the prevention of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (βLOCK COPD): A randomised controlled study protocol 2016
    2016 Panlobular Emphysema: Enhancing Visibility with Quantitative Computed Tomography. 2016
    2016 Pulmonary artery enlargement is associated with cardiac injury during severe exacerbations of COPD 2016
    2016 Determinants of successful completion of pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD 2016
    2016 Association between expiratory central airway collapse and respiratory outcomes among smokers 2016
    2016 Depression is associated with readmission for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2016
    2016 Differences between absolute and predicted values of forced expiratory volumes to classify ventilatory impairment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2016
    2016 Increased costs of the asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome one syndrome for the price of two? 2016
    2016 Developing and Implementing Biomarkers and Novel Imaging in COPD. 2016
    2016 Arterial and venous pulmonary vascular morphology and their relationship to findings in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in smokers 2016
    2016 Computed tomography image matching in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2016
    2016 Panlobular Emphysema: Enhancing Visibility with Quantitative Computed Tomography 2016
    2016 Sex-specific features of emphysema among current and former smokers with COPD 2016
    2016 β-Blockers are associated with a reduction in COPD exacerbations 2016
    2015 A genome-wide association study identifies risk loci for spirometric measures among smokers of European and African ancestry 2015
    2015 Benefits of completing pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with asthma 2015
    2015 A randomised trial of lung sealant versus medical therapy for advanced emphysema 2015
    2015 A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of roflumilast effect on proline-glycine-proline and neutrophilic inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2015
    2015 Menthol cigarette smoking in the COPDGene cohort: Relationship with COPD, comorbidities and CT metrics 2015
    2015 Pulmonary artery enlargement is associated with right ventricular dysfunction and loss of blood volume in small pulmonary vessels in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2015
    2014 A simplified score to quantify comorbidity in COPD 2014
    2014 Comparison of spirometric thresholds in diagnosing smoking-related airflow obstruction: Authors' response 2014
    2014 Radiological correlates and clinical implications of the paradoxical lung function response to β2 agonists: An observational study 2014
    2014 Airway wall thickness is increased in COPD patients with bronchodilator responsiveness 2014
    2014 The clinical and genetic features of COPD-asthma overlap syndrome 2014
    2014 Disproportionate contribution of right middle lobe to emphysema and gas trapping on computed tomography 2014
    2014 Clinical and computed tomographic predictors of chronic bronchitis in COPD: A cross sectional analysis of the COPDGene study 2014
    2014 Determinants of arterial stiffness in COPD 2014
    2014 CT scan-measured pulmonary artery to aorta ratio and echocardiography for detecting pulmonary hypertension in severe COPD 2014
    2014 Cardiovascular disease in COPD: A call for action 2014
    2014 Comorbidities of COPD have a major impact on clinical outcomes, particularly in African Americans. 2014
    2014 Comparison of spirometric thresholds in diagnosing smoking-related airflow obstruction 2014
    2014 FEV1/FEV6to diagnose airflow obstruction: Comparisons with computed tomography and morbidity indices 2014
    2013 Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation in subjects with stable COPD: A randomized trial 2013
    2013 AECOPD: Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive cardiopulmonary disease? 2013
    2013 Comparison of spirometric thresholds in diagnosing smoking-related airflow obstruction 2013
    2013 Volitional pursed lips breathing in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease improves exercise capacity 2013
    2013 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease 2013
    2012 Restrictive lung disease: Not restricted to the lung? 2012
    2012 Restrictive lung disease: not restricted to the lung? [Editorial]. 2012
    2012 Arrhythmias as trigger for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2012
    2012 Computed axial tomography scans, calories, and computers 2012
    2011 Combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema 2011
    2010 Therapeutic Medical Hypothermia-A Multispecialty Approach 2010
    2009 The Lady Windermere syndrome 2009
    2009 Stress cardiomyopathy - A unique presentation of diabetic ketoacidosis 2009
    2009 Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia: Epistaxis and hemoptysis 2009
    2009 Takotsubo cardiomyopathy - A new variant and widening disease spectrum. "Inverted takotsubo" pattern related to catecholamine toxicity 2009
    2009 Effect of tripod position on objective parameters of respiratory function in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 2009
    2008 Serum magnesium is an independent predictor of frequent readmissions due to acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2008
    2008 Tension Pneumothorax: A Complication of Superior Vena Cava Filter Insertion 2008
    2008 Dietary adequacy in Asian Indians with HIV 2008
    2008 Unusual associations of pachydermoperiostosis: A case report 2008
    2008 A 71-year-old man with unilateral wheezing: An unusual cause 2008
    2008 An unsual association between chronic pancreatitis and ulcerative colitis [2] 2008
    2008 Conundrum of elevated HbA1C and hypoglycemia-a rare cause 2008
    2008 Derivation of a prognostic equation to predict in-hospital mortality and requirement of invasive mechanical ventilation in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 2008
    2008 Diffuse neurofibrillary tangles with calcification (DNTC): Kosaka-Shibayama disease in America 2008
    2008 Inferior vena cava anomalies-a common cause of DVT and PE commonly not diagnosed 2008
    2008 Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy: An insight into pathogenesis 2008
    2007 Non-pharmacological management of hypertension 2007
    2007 Premature atherosclerosis in systemic lupus erythematosus: Comment on the article by Westerweel et al [10] 2007
    2007 Peripheral vascular disease in systemic lupus erythematosus 2007
    2007 Cardiac herniation and volvulus with acquired dextrocardia: Echocardiographic diagnosis 2007
    2007 Takotsubo cardiomyopathy - A new variant and widening disease spectrum 2007
    2007 Unusual cause of generalized osteolytic vertebral lesions: A case report 2007
    2007 One more prediction rule: Has anything new been added? [1] 2007
    2007 A rare cause of dyspnoea. 2007
    2007 Risk indexes for exacerbations due to COPD: Need to validate using broader criteria [3] 2007
    2007 Shifting the goalpost to stay younger: Normal spirometry but short of breath! [8] 2007
    2006 Atherosclerosis in Asian Indians with systemic lupus erythematosus 2006

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Bhatt’s clinical interests include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and advanced emphysema. As part of the multidisciplinary team at the COPD Clinic, he has a particular interest in the comprehensive holistic management of COPD patients. He also evaluates patients for lung volume reduction procedures and has a special interest in bronchoscopic lung volume reduction procedures including endobronchial valve and coil placements. Dr. Bhatt’s primary research interest is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with an emphasis on acute exacerbations of COPD, cardiac comorbidity, heart-lung interactions, and respiratory physiology. He is interested in novel imaging modalities to help understand lung pathophysiology as it pertains to the above areas of interest. He directs the UAB Lung Imaging Core, and as part of the Lung Health Center, he is also involved in multiple NIH sponsored and pharma trials including the COPDGene and SPIROMICS studies.
  • Investigator On

  • UAB-MISS MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MACS/WIHS-CCS)  awarded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2026
  • Private Grant  awarded by NUVAIRA INC 2019 - 2024
  • A Novel Exosomal Inflammatory Pathway  awarded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS 2017 - 2023
  • Environmental Cadmium and COPD  awarded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Private Grant  awarded by LUNG BIOTECHNOLOGY PBC 2018 - 2022
  • Subpopulations and Intermediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study (SPIROMICS)  awarded by COPD FOUNDATION 2016 - 2022
  • Private Grant  awarded by PNEUMRX, INC. 2016 - 2021
  • Beta Blockers for the Prevention of Acute Exacerbations of COPD  awarded by DOD - ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH ACQUISITION ACTIVITY 2015 - 2020
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 23/Klotho Crosstalk and Airway Epithelial Senescence in COPD  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2020
  • Private Grant  awarded by PULMONX 2013 - 2020
  • Network Medicine Approaches to Cachexia in COPD  awarded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS 2017 - 2020
  • Private Grant  awarded by PNEUMRX, INC. 2014 - 2020
  • Network Management Core (NEMO) for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC) (RETHINC)  awarded by COPD FOUNDATION 2018 - 2019
  • Implementation of Direct-to-Patient Telemedicine Healthcare Initiatives  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HEALTH SERVICES FOUNDATION 2017 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by GlaxoSmithKline 2017 - 2019
  • SPIROMICS GIC Support  awarded by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2018 - 2019
  • Network Management Core (NEMO) for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC) (RETHINC)  awarded by COPD FOUNDATION 2018 - 2019
  • Network Management Cote (NEMO) for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC) (INSIGHT)  awarded by COPD FOUNDATION 2017 - 2019
  • Prostaglandin Inhibition for Emphysema  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA 2015 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 2016 - 2019
  • Network Management Core (NEMO) for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC) LEEP (Losartan Effects on Emphysema Progression) Trial  awarded by American Lung Association 2017 - 2019
  • Private Grant  awarded by GlaxoSmithKline 2017 - 2018
  • Network Management Core (NEMO) for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC) (RETHINC)  awarded by COPD FOUNDATION 2017 - 2018
  • Reliability of a Portable Device to Measure Respiratory and Step Rates  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, OMAHA 2017 - 2018
  • Private Grant  awarded by FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. 2013 - 2017
  • Network Management Core (NEMO) for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC) RETHINC (Redefining Therapy in Early COPD)  awarded by University of Pittsburgh 2017
  • Network Management Core (NEMO) for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative (PTC) INSIGHT (Intervention Study in Overweight Patients with COPD)  awarded by University of Pittsburgh 2016 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by PNEUMRX, INC. 2016 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by ASTRAZENECA PHARMACEUTICALS LP 2014 - 2017
  • Airways Clinical Research Center (ACRC)  awarded by American Lung Association 2016 - 2017
  • Frailty as an Outcome Measure in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis  awarded by Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 2015 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by YUNGJIN PHARM. CO.,LTD. 2015 - 2017
  • UAB-MISS WIHS Cohort  awarded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2013 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION 2015 - 2016
  • Age Related Differences in Parametrics Response Mapping in COPD (Martinez Supplement)  awarded by University of Michigan 2015 - 2016
  • (Spiromics) SubPopulations and InteRmediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study  awarded by WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 2012 - 2016
  • (Spiromics) SubPopulations and InteRmediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study - Administrative Core  awarded by WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 2012 - 2016
  • (Spiromics) SubPopulations and InteRmediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study - Bronchoscopy - Project 1  awarded by WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 2012 - 2016
  • (Spiromics) SubPopulations and InteRmediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study - Exacerbation - Project 2  awarded by WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 2012 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by GlaxoSmithKline 2014 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by GlaxoSmithKline 2014 - 2016
  • Symbicort in HRCT-Defined Airway Predominant COPD  awarded by NATIONAL JEWISH MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER 2014 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION 2015
  • Pharmacogenomics of Inhaled Corticosteroids to Reduce COPD Exacerbations  awarded by Brigham and Women's Hospital 2013 - 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by GlaxoSmithKline 2014 - 2015
  • Kit Inhibition in Asthma (KIA)  awarded by Brigham and Women's Hospital 2012 - 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by PEARL THERAPEUTICS 2013 - 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by PEARL THERAPEUTICS 2014
  • Private Grant  awarded by AERIS THERAPEUTICS, INC. 2012 - 2013
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Bhatt has also been named a "Top 10 Teacher" by the Department of Medicine in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Mysore 2004
  • Full Name

  • Surya Bhatt