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Nirav Bhakta


Critical care specialist

Dr. Nirav Bhakta is an internal medicine specialist who provides diagnostic testing and care for patients with lung disease, including those in intensive care. He enjoys the challenge of working with patients and families affected by serious illnesses.

Bhakta's research aims to understand the molecular basis for variations in asthma, and to use this knowledge to develop and test targeted treatments. He incorporates his experience in computer programming and quantitative modeling to study human tissue using high-throughput genomic data analysis (a research method that speeds the screening process). His research contributes to his goal of providing collaborative, individualized patient care that is based on the best current findings.

Bhakta earned his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, where he also completed a doctorate in molecular and cellular physiology. At UCSF, he completed a residency in internal medicine, a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and additional research in the genetics of asthma.

Bhakta is a member of the American College of Physicians and American Thoracic Society. He is passionate about educating the next generation of pulmonologists through his work with UCSF residents and fellows.

  • Education

    Stanford University School of Medicine, 2006

    Stanford University, PhD, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, 2006

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2008

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 2011

  • Board Certifications

    Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    35 Ratings
    About our process
    Aug 19, 2023
    Great doctor very thorough accommodating good listener helpful knowledgeable caring what any patient looking for now a days.
    Aug 12, 2023
    Dr. Bhakta was very thorough and gave me the feeling that he has his whole attention and time for me.
    Jul 22, 2023
    Dr Bhakta is extremely efficient and thorough throughout the entire exam/visit. He addressed a multitude of questions and tests done and any followup treatment.
    May 21, 2023
    He was very understanding.
    Mar 25, 2023
    One of the best doctor visits I have ever had in my life. He was amazing.
    Feb 25, 2023
    The doctor was very good.
    Dec 17, 2022
    Exceptional care from this doctor

    Selected research

    Decorative Caduceus

    Mechanistic Insights From Bronchoscopy Airway Samples

    Specifically, gene expression will be interrogated in single cells via 10x droplet-based RNA sequencing of airway brushings obtained from bronchoscopy. The gene expression data is used to characterize individuals cells as goblet c...