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Pooja Bhat, MD

Associate Professor

Co-Director, Uveitis Service
Associate Residency Program Director
Director, Medical Student Education

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science


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Dr. Bhat’s primary focus is inflammatory diseases of the eye and she specializes in the diagnosis and management of infectious and non-infectious ocular inflammatory conditions such as scleritis, and anterior, intermediate and posterior uveitis. Her areas of main interest are posterior uveitidies that include Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) disease, Behcet’s, and sarcoidosis, infectious retinopathies, as well as white dot syndromes such as birdshot chorioretinopathy.

Dr. Bhat has conducted research on systemic immunosuppression for various ocular inflammatory conditions as well as herpetic diseases of the eye especially herpetic scleritis. Her current research interests include seasonal variations in autoimmune diseases, disc and scleral changes in VKH, schisis in pars planitis and anterior segment and posterior segment imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT). Dr. Bhat spent time with Dr. C. Stephen Foster doing research in ocular immunology and inflammation and then with Dr. Frederick A Jakobiec learning diagnosis and management of ocular inflammation including treatment modalities of systemic immunosuppression, insertions of steroid eluding implants as well as surgical management of complex uveitic cataracts. Dr. Bhat joined the faculty in 2014. understanding ophthalmic pathology. She was a clinical fellow under Dr. Debra A Goldstein

Selected Publications

  • Goldstein DA, Bhat P, Vastert B. Pathophysiology of JIA. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2014 Oct;22(5):414-423
  • Bhat P, Goldstein DA. Review of latest local treatments in uveitis. Expert review of Ophthalmology. 2014 Oct;9(5):401-412
  • Bhat P, Goldstein DA. Dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Allergan) for non-infectious uveitis. Expert opinion on Orphan Drugs. 2014 Jan;2(3):301-310
  • Pachydaki SI, Jakobiec FA, Bhat P, Sobrin L, Michaud NA, Seshan SV, D’Amico DJ. Surgical management and ultrastructural study of choroidal neovascularization in punctate inner choroidopathy after bevacizumab. J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2012 Mar;2(1):29-37.
  • Wessel MM, Sarkar JS, Jakobiec FA, Dang N, Bhat P, Michaud N, Starr CE. Treatment of lisch corneal dystrophy with photorefractive keratectomy and mitomycin C. Cornea. 2011 Apr; 30(4):481-5.
  • Jakobiec FA, Nguyen J, Bhat P, Fay A. MDM2-Positive Atypical Lipomatous Neoplasm/Well Differentiated Liposarcoma versus Spindle Cell Lipoma of the Orbit. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Nov-Dec; 26(6):413-5.
  • Jakobiec FA, Bhat P. Retrocorneal Membranes: A Comparative Immunohistochemical Analysis of Keratocytic, Endothelial and Epithelial Origins. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 Aug; 150(2):230-242.e2. Epub 2010 Jun 25.
  • Doctor P, Sultan A, Syed S, Christen W, Bhat P, Foster CS. Infliximab for the treatment of refractory scleritis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2010 May;94(5):579-83.
  • Ahuero A, Jakobiec FA, Bhat P, Ciralsky J, Papaliodis G. Paraneoplastic Conjunctival Cicatrization: Two Different Pathogenic Types. Ophthalmology. 2010 Apr; 117(4):659-64.
  • Fiorelli VM, Bhat P, Foster CS. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory therapy and recurrent acute anterior uveitis. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2010 Apr;18(2):116-20.


Medical School: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital, Mumbai, India
Residency in Ophthalmology: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular Inflammatory Diseases: Northwestern University, Feinberg
School of Medicine
Fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology: David G. Cogan Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory,
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Research Fellowship in Uveitis: Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, Massachusetts Eye
Research and Surgery Institution