Amar Bhatt, M.D.

Biographical Sketch

 Dr. Bhatt is an Assistant Professor of Neurology. He is the Program Director for the Epilepsy Fellowship, as well as the Associate Program Director for the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship. His major interest is resident and fellow education.

Dr. Bhatt earned his B.A. in premedical sciences from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA in 2005. He earned his M.D. from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 2007. He completed his internship and neurology residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2011, where he served as chief resident. He joined Vanderbilt University in 2011 to pursue a clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy fellowship; he served as chief fellow and clinical instructor in 2012.

In 2013, he was appointed as full-time faculty at Vanderbilt. His practice includes clinical epilepsy, including inpatient video-EEG monitoring, surgical planning and invasive EEG, ICU EEG, and intra-operative monitoring.

He devotes a significant amount of time to teaching. He gives an annual workshop and lecture series which introduces the residents to EEG. He serves on the competency committees and program committees for both the neurology residency and neurophysiology fellowship. He also serves as a preceptor for residents in general neurology continuity clinic.

His honors include Alpha Omega Alpha and the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Teaching Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, and American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. He is board certified in both Neurology and Epilepsy.

Research Summary

His major academic and research interest is in ICU EEG monitoring, most notably controversial EEG patterns and non-convulsive status epilepticus. Selected publications include:

  • Laccheo I, Sonmezturk H, Bhatt AB, Tomycz L, Shi Y, Ringel M, DiCarlo G, Harris D, Barwise J, Abou-Khalil B, Haas KF. Non-convulsive Status Epilepticus and Non-convulsive Seizures in Neurological ICU Patients. Neurocrit Care. 2014 Sep 23. PubMed PMID: 25246236.
  • Azzam R, Bhatt AB. Mimickers of generalized spike and wave discharges. Neurodiagn J. 2014 Jun;54(2):156-62. PubMed PMID: 25080775.
  • Bhatt AB, Popescu A, Waterhouse EJ, Abou-Khalil BW. De novo generalized periodic discharges related to anesthetic withdrawal resolve spontaneously. J Clin Neurophysiol. Jun 2014, 31(3):194-8. doi: 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000051. PubMed PMID: 24887600.
  • Bhatt AB, Brenner RP, and Van Cott AC. Generalized paroxysmal fast activity and tonic seizures in older adults. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. Oct 2011, 28(5): 474-7. doi 10.1097/WNP.0b013e318231c8dd. PubMed PMID: 21946373.

Contact Information

Vanderbilt Epilepsy Division
Department of Neurology
1161 21st Ave. South
A-0118 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232-2551
Phone: (615) 936-0060
Fax: (615) 936-0223