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 planning relevant content as it pertains to news and special reports.
As the spokesperson for FIT/ Raising FIT Kids, she has presented to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, 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 CNN, HLN, and The Weather Channel, and has frequent appearances on Fox 5 Atlanta. She has been interviewed by WSJ Radio and publications including Politico,Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Prevention, Parade, and NPR. In a more journalistic role, she has interviewed CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, and Sandra Hassink, MD, the past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In similar roles, she has 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 (AAP).
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 Teens and Stress, which included videos with Soledad O’Brien. Previous special reports that she has worked on include brain training, in which she wrote an expert piece on cognitive training for ADHD. She was instrumental in the development of the WebMD Baby App, an app for parents that delivers 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 Pediatric Obesity and has presented workshops such as "Social Media and Its Impact on Children." She is a member of the Digital Media Alliance for the AAP as well as a member of the AAP Committee on Communications and Media. She also serves on the advisory board for Medscape.
Bhargava is involved in international children’s health as well. In 2015, 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. In 2016, she moderated a discussion for UNICEF on Food Fears and Nutrition, which involved Caryl Stern, the CEO of UNICEF. She was recently 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.
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.