Nirav Bhakta

MD PhD

Critical care specialist
Internist
Pulmonologist

About me

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, PhD, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, 2006

    Stanford University School of Medicine, 2006

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Internal Medicine, 2008

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 2011

  • Board Certifications

    Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

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