Dr. Dhananjaya I Bhat has completed his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College in 1997 and M.Ch in Neurosurgery from NIMHANS, Bangalore in 2003.
Dr. Dhananjaya I Bhat has started his professional career as an Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at NIMHANS, Bengaluru in 2007. In 2016, he became the professor of Neurosurgery and Unit Head at NIMHANS. During his surgical work, he has performed and guided his juniors during complex cranial and spine surgeries. His surgical expertise includes but not restricted to: Brain tumours, skull base lesions, pituitary tumours, endoscopic surgeries, complex spine and craniovertebral junction anomalies, vascular surgeries and endarterectomies, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgeries. He has vast teaching experience, guiding students in their MCh programmes.
Dr. Bhat is an avid researcher as he believes that the secret for science advancement is in research and in the understanding of the basics of brain function.
In collaboration with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore he has studied the effects of blast-induced neurotrauma in rats and it was awarded the best paper (Alfred Trauma and Research development award) during the Neurotrauma 2014 conference.
In the field of peripheral nerve surgery, he has been studying the role of stem cells in peripheral nerve regeneration.
One of his areas of interest is brachial plexus injury, he studied about cortical plasticity following injury, pain and repair of brachial plexus using fMRI in a DST funded project: “Cortical Plasticity following intercostal musculocutaneous nerve transfer for brachial plexus injury: an fMRI study” (2012-2015).
He was the principal investigator for a DST funded project on Genetic, Epigenetic and Biochemical profile of Lumbar Disc degeneration in Indian population (2015-2018). Co-investigator in “Expression and regulation of p16 and Bmi1 genes in Human Glioma Progression” ( 2013-16),
Research in Hirayama Disease
Co-Investigator for an international project titled: “IMAGING NEEDLES: Deep tissue multimodal molecular imaging needle-probes”.ZonMw file No: 60-62400-98-045.Funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) / the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw).Collaborators: the University of Twente, an institution, organized in accordance with public law of The Netherlands; The Delft University of Technology.
Co-Investigator on “RESCUE -Acute SDH: International Trial” PI: Peter Hutchinson, Cambridge University, England
Co-author of 120 peer-reviewed publications. He regularly attends scientific conferences as invited faculty for delivering lectures both nationally and internationally.
Scholarships and prizes:
NTSI-The Alfred Trauma Research Development Award, for paper presented at Neurotrauma 2014, 23rd Annual Conference of Neurotrauma Society of India 29th-31st August 2014, Dehradun. On “Validation of a blast-induced neurotrauma model using modified Reddy tube in rats: A pilot study”
Received Young Neurosurgeons Travel Fellowship for 15th World Congress of Neurosurgery September 8th-13th2013, Seoul, Korea: “Does Wrapping of Human Amniotic Membrane Improve Nerve Regeneration in Rats with Cold Preserved Allografts?” also Chaired a session on surgical treatment of traumatic peripheral nerve lesions
Fellowship from The Alfred Trauma Center, Melbourne to visit The Alfred Trauma centre in Melbourne in September 2015 and familiarized with their style of working in trauma.
NSI award in 2004 PGI Chandigarh for best platform presentation on research in peripheral nerve injuries in rats.