Dr. Kushal Bhakta is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, Texas.
Subsequently, he joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital as assistant professor of pediatrics, where he also obtained an advanced certificate in teaching through the Educational Scholars Fellowship Program. He enjoys teaching at various levels, from medical students, pediatrics residents, and neonatal fellows to nurses and nurse practitioners.
Since joining the neonatalogy division at CHOC, he has continued his role as physician educator, as well as assuming the medical director positions in the Neurocritical NICU and the Small Baby Unit/Extremely Low Birth Weight Program.
CHOC Children’s Hospital
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
St. Jude Medical Center
101 E. Valencia Mesa Dr.
Fullerton, CA 92835
Western Medical Center
1001 N. Tustin Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Pomona Valley Hospital
1798 N. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital
One Hoag Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Neonatology, CHOC Children’s Specialists
Bhakta KY “Respiratory Distress Syndrome” in The Manual of Neonatal Care (7th Edition), Editors: John P. Cloherty, Eric C. Eichenwald, Anne R. Hansen, and Ann R. Stark. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.
“Pain Management in the Neonate,” presentation at the 24th Annual Perinatal Symposium for the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, April 30, 2014
“Pain Management in the Neonate: A View from Palliative Care,” presentation at the Modified ELNEC Conference at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, February 25, 2014
“An Update on Therapeutic Hypothermia in the Asphyxiated Neonate,” presentation at the Maternal/Child Conference at Hoag Hospital, October 4, 2013
“Enhancing Compliance with Oxygen Saturation Targets in Extremely Premature Infants,” presentation on how to develop and implement a quality improvement project at the Advanced Quality Improvement Course at Texas Children’s Hospital (November 5, 2009; June 3, 2010)
1. Lack of Evidence for Time or Dose Relationship between Antenatal Magnesium Sulfate and Intestinal Injury in Extremely Preterm Neonates. Mikhael M, Bronson C, Zhang L, Curran M, Rodriguez H, Bhakta KY. Neonatology. 2019 Apr 9;115(4):371-378. doi: 10.1159/000497412. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30965340
2. Three-hourly feeding intervals are associated with faster advancement in very preterm infants. Chu E, Freck S, Zhang L, Bhakta KY, Mikhael M.
Early Hum Dev. 2019 Apr;131:1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2019.01.021. Epub 2019 Feb 2. PMID: 30721843
3. Bhakta KY Respiratory Distress Syndrome in The Manual of Neonatal Care (7th Edition), Editors: John P. Cloherty, Eric C. Eichenwald, Anne R. Hansen, and Ann R. Stark. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.
4. Lowry AW, Bhakta KY, and Nag PN (Editors) Texas Children’s Hospital Handbook of Pediatrics and Neonatology. McGraw-Hill Professional, e-Book version published December 2010, paper print edition April 2011.
Improving outcomes for Extremely Low Birth Weight infants, Improving neurologic outcomes in the NICU