Philosophy of Care
My approach to treating heart and vascular disease focuses on patient knowledge and empowerment. By involving the patient in his or her own care decisions and applying evidence-based best practices, together we can improve outcomes and well-being.
Dr. Bhat is an invasive, non-interventional cardiologist serving in a teaching role as Assistant Clinical Professor for medical students, residents, and fellows as they provide care to veterans at VA NCHCS in Mather, CA.
He also provides direct inpatient and outpatient VA cardiology specialty care, and performs cardiovascular procedures as the Director of the VA NCHCS cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Dr. Bhat's teaching interests include training medical students, residents, and fellows basic and advanced cardiovascular care, critical care, imaging (including echocardiography, nuclear, and coronary CT imaging), and procedures (including TEE, cardioversion, coronary angiography).
M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville TN 2001
B.S., UC San Diego, Revelle College, La Jolla CA 1996
Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2002-2004
Cardiology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2005-2008
American Board of Internal Medicine, 2004
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, 2008
Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, 2008
American College of Cardiology, Fellow
American Heart Association
Select Recent Publications
Bhat A, Desai AJ, Amsterdam EAA. Usefulness of High Functional Capacity in Patients with Exercise-Induced ST-Depression to Predict a Negative Result on Exercise Echocardiography and Low Prognostic Risk. Am J Cardiol. 2008 Jun 1;101 (11):1541-3.