Hansa Bhargava, MD, is a Medical Editor and WebMD's expert pediatrician. She oversees the team of medical experts responsible for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of the pediatric content on the site, including FIT and Raising FIT Kids. She also has a key role in the planning of relevant pediatric content for Raising FIT Kids and as it pertains to news and special reports.
As the spokesperson for FIT/ Raising FIT Kids, she has worked with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In 2012, she served as an expert panelist with first lady Michelle Obama at the WebMD/Let's Move Town Hall in Miami. Bhargava also represents WebMD in national and regional media, including appearances on CNN, HLN, The Weather Channel, and had a regular monthly slot on CBS Atlanta. She has been interviewed by WSJ Radio and publications including Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Fit Pregnancy, Prevention, Parade, andNPR. In a more journalistic role, she interviewed CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, about Ebola and other current health issues as well as Sandra Hassink, MD, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In a similar role, she has also attended a White House roundtable on school lunches with other news media representatives and a symposium on Digital Media and Children, hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In addition to regular blogs for WebMD, Bhargava contributes to relevant special reports, projects, and surveys. Most recently she contributed to WebMD's special report on brain training, writing an expert piece on cognitive training for ADHD, and helped with the Kids and Stress Report. She was instrumental in the development of the WebMD Baby App, an app for parents that delivers timely, trustworthy information personalized by a baby’s age, and has represented WebMD in the media for this product.
Bhargava has a deep-seated interest in creating the optimum health environment for children in many arenas. She has worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics Georgia chapter on the Committee for Pediatric Obesity and has presented workshops on "Social Media and Its Impact on Children." She is currently on the on the Digital Media Alliance for the American Academy of Pediatrics and on an expert panel for educator nutrition and wellness for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. As a committee member for the Communications and Media arm of the AAP she helps to ensure good communication to parents about relevant health issues and blogs for their web site. To help improve language achievement in young children she is involved in the Talk with Me Baby Program in Georgia. Recently, she travelled to Haiti with the Clinton Foundation to understand and contribute to the efforts to help women and children devastated by the 2010 earthquake.
With extensive experience in the areas of health and wellness of infants, toddlers, and children, Bhargava came to WebMD from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, affiliated with Emory University, where she practiced for 7 years as a lead physician in urgent care. She continues to see patients there.
Bhargava is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and did specialized training in gastroenterology and nutrition at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is board-certified in pediatrics. She lives in Atlanta and has two children.