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Dermatologist & Dermatologic Surgeon
12 years of experience
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Accepting new patients


Education ?

Medical School Score
Northeastern Ohio Universities (1999)
SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, MA (2004) *
* This information was reported to Vitals by the doctor or doctor's office.

Awards & Distinctions ?

Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014)
Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology
American College of Mohs Surgery
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Board of Dermatology
American Academy of Dermatology
National Psoriasis Foundation

Affiliations ?

Dr. Bhatia is affiliated with 4 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital *
    251 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611
    Top 25%
  • Edward Hospital
    801 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540
    Top 25%
  • Central Dupage Hospital *
    25 N Winfield Rd, Winfield, IL 60190
    Top 25%
  • DuPage Medical Group
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Bhatia has contributed to 10 publications.
    Title Paradoxical Hypertrichosis After Laser Therapy: a Review.
    Date May 2010
    Journal Dermatologic Surgery : Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]

    Laser hair removal is a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of unwanted body hair but is not exempt from side effects. A rare but significant adverse effect with this treatment modality is paradoxical hypertrichosis.

    Title The Role of Topical Vitamin K Oxide Gel in the Resolution of Postprocedural Purpura.
    Date December 2009
    Journal Journal of Drugs in Dermatology : Jdd

    Facial purpura is a frequent barrier to patient acceptance and satisfaction with the results of various cosmetic procedures. Methods to shorten the duration of purpura after such procedures are often sought by patients. This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of a topical gel containing vitamin K oxide in the resolution of laser induced purpura.

    Title Topical Methyl Aminolevulinate Photodynamic Therapy Using Red Light-emitting Diode Light for Multiple Actinic Keratoses: a Randomized Study.
    Date May 2009
    Journal Dermatologic Surgery : Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an effective treatment for actinic keratoses (AKs). Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) offer practical advantages when treating multiple lesions.

    Title Review of the Efficacy, Durability, and Safety Data of Two Nonanimal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid Fillers from a Prospective, Randomized, Comparative, Multicenter Study.
    Date April 2009
    Journal Dermatologic Surgery : Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]

    Nonanimal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA)-based fillers are currently the criterion standard for cosmetic soft tissue augmentation.

    Title Technology in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Introduction.
    Date September 2008
    Journal Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
    Title Patient Satisfaction and Reported Long-term Therapeutic Efficacy Associated with 1,320 Nm Nd:yag Laser Treatment of Acne Scarring and Photoaging.
    Date May 2006
    Journal Dermatologic Surgery : Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Nonablative laser treatments have become increasingly used for the treatment of acne scarring and photoaging. While nonablative laser treatments are more convenient and relatively safer than ablative laser resurfacing, efficacy and patient satisfaction with the level of improvement of textural abnormalities in acne scarring and rhytids associated with photoaging needs further study. DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS: Structured interviews were performed with 34 patients from a referral-based academic practice who each previously received a series of 6 monthly treatments with a 1,320 nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser for treatment of acne scarring or photoaging. Topical anesthesia was applied 1 hour before each treatment. Patients were interviewed at least 3 months after cessation of treatment (range 3-12 months). RESULTS: Patients tolerated the treatments well. Combined results for acne scarring and photoaging patients were as follows: (a) patient satisfaction with treatment was rated at 62%, and (b) textural improvement was reported at 31% at the end of the six treatments, and 30% at the date of interview. When results were stratified by diagnosis, patient satisfaction was slightly higher for treatment of acne scarring than for photoaging. Overall degree of improvement on a 1-10 scale was 5.4 for acne scarring and 3.8 for wrinkling. CONCLUSION: Nonablative treatment with the 1,320 nm Nd:YAG laser induced significant patient-reported improvement in both acne scarring and photoaging. The majority of patients reported satisfaction with the degree of improvement.

    Title The Clinical Image: Archiving Clinical Processes and an Entire Specialty.
    Date February 2006
    Journal Archives of Dermatology
    Title Topical 5-aminolevulinic Acid Combined with Intense Pulsed Light in the Treatment of Photoaging.
    Date November 2005
    Journal Archives of Dermatology

    BACKGROUND: The adjunctive use of 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) with intense pulsed-light (IPL) treatments has been suggested to increase the benefit of IPL for photoaging; however, to our knowledge, no controlled trials have been performed. DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, controlled, split-face study was designed. Twenty subjects participated in a series of 3 split-face treatments 3 weeks apart in which half of the face was pretreated with 5-ALA followed by IPL treatment while the other half was treated with IPL alone. Two additional full-face treatments (with IPL alone) were then delivered 3 weeks apart. Assessment of global photodamage, fine lines, mottled pigmentation, tactile roughness, and sallowness (on a scale of 0-4) was performed by a blinded investigator before each treatment and 4 weeks after the final treatment. Patients also completed an assessment at the conclusion of the study comparing their results with pretreatment photographs. RESULTS: All 20 volunteers completed the study. Pretreatment with 5-ALA resulted in more improvement in the global score for photoaging (16 [80%] subjects vs 9 [45%] subjects; P = .008) and mottled pigmentation (19 [95%] subjects vs 12 [60%] subjects; P = .008) than IPL treatment alone. More successful results were achieved on the side pretreated with 5-ALA compared with the side treated with IPL alone for fine lines (12 [60%] subjects vs 5 [25%] subjects; P = .008) and mottled pigmentation (17 [85%] subjects vs 4 [20%] subjects; P < .001). While there was noticeable improvement over baseline scores with respect to tactile roughness and sallowness, pretreatment with 5-ALA did not seem to enhance the results of the IPL treatment. The final investigator cosmetic evaluations (P=.0002) and subject satisfaction scores (P=.005) were significantly better for the 5-ALA-pretreated side. Both treatments were well tolerated, with little difference in the incidence or profile of adverse effects with or without 5-ALA pretreatment. CONCLUSIONS: The adjunctive use of 5-ALA in the treatment of facial photoaging with IPL provides significantly greater improvement in global photodamage, mottled pigmentation, and fine lines than treatment with IPL alone, without a significant increase in adverse effects. This combination treatment enhances the results of photorejuvenation and improves patient satisfaction.

    Title Bacterial Sterility of Stored Nonanimal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid-based Cutaneous Filler.
    Date November 2005
    Journal Archives of Dermatology
    Title The Clinical Diagnosis of Early Malignant Melanoma: Expansion of the Abcd Criteria to Improve Diagnostic Sensitivity.
    Date March 2000
    Journal Dermatology Online Journal

    With the steady increase in incidence of malignant melanomas (MM) in the United States, early diagnosis and complete removal are critical for the containment of the malignancy. [1] The "ABCD" method of identification, originally described by Friedman et al., has been a useful tool in facilitating the diagnosis of MM. [2,3,4] This method analyzes four clinical characteristics to identify a malignant melanoma: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variegation, and a Diameter of 6 mm or more.[4] Clinicians recognize that some melanomas lack all or most of the features defined in the "ABCD" rules. [5] This may be especially true of some early invasive and in situ melanomas. [6,7] In these instances, clinical history documenting morphologic change over time can be an important additional consideration. The following case reports underscore the need to expand the ABCD mnemonic to include an "E" for "Evolutionary change." An additional modification is also needed to emphasize the need for a low threshold for biopsy of unusual lesions which do not show typical benign features, even if they do not meet the ABCDE criteria. To this end we propose an "F" for "Funny looking lesions".

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