Monica Bhatia, MD
Monica Bhatia, MD
One of America's Top Doctors - Castle Connolly Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors

Monica Bhatia, MD

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
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One of America's Top Doctors - Castle Connolly Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors
Specialties
Pediatrics, Cancer Care, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, more

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CUIMC/NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

3959 Broadway
New York, NY 10032
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CUIMC/Herbert Irving Pavilion

161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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  • AETNA
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  • Amida Care
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem/GHI
  • Emblem/Hip
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthplus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
  • Healthfirst
  • Local 1199
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  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • MVP Health Care
  • Quality Health Management
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • WellCare
  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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About Monica Bhatia, MD

Monica Bhatia, MD specializes in the care of children with noncancerous blood disorders who may benefit from bone marrow transplantation, especially sickle cell anemia. She and her colleagues are working to reduce the toxicity (side effects) and complications of this treatment without compromising its effectiveness, and to make it available to more patients.


The field of pediatric hematology brings with it many intellectual challenges, and bone marrow transplantation in particular is especially dynamic. Dr. Bhatia has the opportunity to provide care for the sickest children, potentially curing their disease. She builds strong relationships with her patients and their families that last for years. It is inspiring for her to see young patients grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.


NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital has a robust program for bone marrow transplantation for sickle cell anemia - the only cure for this disease. Dr. Bhatia and her team have witnessed remarkable results among children who are cured with bone marrow transplantation and spared from the potentially life-threatening complications of sickle cell disease.


Yet despite the advances made, only 15 percent of patients with sickle cell disease have a matched sibling bone marrow donor. Therefore, Dr. Bhatia and her team conduct research to evaluate a procedure called "CD34-selected stem cell transplantation" to remove T-cells from donor bone marrow for patients without a matched sibling donor. This approach reduces the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a potential complication of bone marrow transplantation in which T-cells from the donor attack the tissue of the recipient. This approach to harnessing stem cells could potentially make bone marrow transplantation a safer, effective option for many patients who are seeking a cure for sickle cell disease.


Dr. Bhatia and her colleagues are currently assessing reduced-intensity transplantation, which uses lower doses of chemotherapy to decrease the risk of side effects and long-term complications without lowering the effectiveness of treatment. She is also interested in looking for ways to further improve the quality of life of patients who have had a bone marrow transplant in addition to fertility preservation.


Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Pediatrics
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Expertise

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia

  • Bone Marrow Disorders

  • Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplants

  • Chemotherapy

  • Hemoglobinopathy

  • Immunodeficiency Disorder

  • Pediatric Bone Marrow

  • Sickle Cell Anemia

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Education

  • Fellowship: Childrens National Medical Center

  • Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine (Grenada)

  • Residency: Albany Medical Center Hospital, NY

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Titles & Positions

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

  • Director, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program

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Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Education

  • Fellowship: Childrens National Medical Center
  • Residency: Albany Medical Center Hospital, NY
  • Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine (Grenada)

Titles & Positions

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
  • Director, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Pediatrics