Hansa Bhargava, MD, is Senior Medical Officer at WebMD and Senior Medical Correspondent for Medscape. At WebMD she oversees the team of medical experts responsible for ensuring accuracy and credibility of the pediatric content on WebMD and helps in planning relevant content as it pertains to news and special reports. She also represents WebMD and Medscape in the media.
As the spokesperson for initiatives such as FIT/Raising FIT Kids, the Pregnancy App, and the Baby App, she has interfaced with many organizations including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She has served as an expert in national and regional media, including CNN, HLN, Politico, and The Weather Channel, has frequent appearances on Fox 5 Atlanta, and has been interviewed by WSJ Radio, Popsugar, mic.com, Woman's Day, Real Simple, Prevention, Parade, and NPR. Bhargava has participated in conferences both as a moderator and expert panelist. She most recently moderated a panel discussion around food and nutrition for UNICEF, which included CEO Caryl Stern and AAP Past President Sandra Hassink, MD. In a medical correspondent role, she has interviewed CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, Bernard Dreyer, MD, from the AAP, and experts from other health centers such as the Cleveland Clinic. In 2012, she served as an expert panelist with first lady Michelle Obama at the WebMD/Let's Move Town Hall in Miami, and in 2015, she attended a White House roundtable on school lunches.
In addition to blogging for WebMD, Bhargava contributes to relevant special reports such as such as WebMD's report on teens and stress, which included videos with Soledad O'Brien. She has also been involved with the content and tool development for the WebMD Baby App. Bhargava also plays a key role for Medscape by serving on the Advisory Board and hosting the series "Uncharted Medicine." She is called upon to interview experts as a senior medical correspondent. Outside of WebMD, Bhargava has worked with the AAP nationally and locally. She was recently elected to be an Executive member of the AAP Committee on Communications and Media and also sits on the Digital Media Alliance. In Georgia, she has served on the Committee for Pediatric Obesity.
Bhargava has a strong interest in international children's health. In 2015, she traveled to Haiti with the Clinton Foundation to understand and contribute to the efforts to help women and children devastated by the 2010 earthquake. In 2016, she was appointed to the UNICEF Board for the Southeast chapter.
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. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, she completed her residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is board certified in pediatrics. She lives in Atlanta and has two children.