Hansa Bhargava, MD, is WebMD's expert pediatrician. She oversees the team of medical experts responsible for ensuring the accuracy, credibility, and timeliness of the pediatric content on the site, including Raising FIT Kids and FIT.
As the spokesperson for FIT/RFK, 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. In 2012, she served as an expert panelist with first lady Michelle Obama at the WebMD/Let's Move Town Hall in Miami, Fla. She has served as a featured speaker at national and regional FIT events along with WebMD’s partner, Sanford Health. Bhargava also represents WebMD in national and regional media, including appearances on CNN, The Weather Channel, and 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, and Working Mother. In a more journalistic role, she recently interviewed CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, about Ebola and other current health issues. In 2014, she also attended a White House roundtable on school lunches with other news media representatives.
She regularly blogs for WebMD on current topics, as well as for other sites such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, myplate.gov, and The Nature Conservancy. Most recently she contributed to WebMD's special report on brain training, writing an expert piece on cognitive training for ADHD. She has worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics Georgia chapter on the Committee for Pediatric Obesity and has presented a workshop on "Social Media and Its Impact on Children." She is currently on the expert panel for educator nutrition and wellness for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
In addition, Bhargava is the featured pediatrician expert for WebMD Baby, a mobile app for parents. Designed to provide trustworthy, doctor-approved information personalized by a baby’s age, the app offers tips and videos from Bhargava. She was instrumental in its development and speaks on behalf of WebMD in media coverage of the app.
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 regularly.
Bhargava has a deep-rooted interest in pediatric nutrition and obesity, and has been involved in establishing outreach and intervention programs in partnership with hospital systems and schools since 2001. She co-founded an educational program called FitKids in Summit, N.J., and consulted with Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on their recent initiatives for preventing and intervening in pediatric obesity. She also worked closely with Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to help organize an exhibit on nutrition for kids.
Bhargava was a member of the Georgia Collaborative Taskforce for the Prevention of Obesity, as well as the Georgia chapter of the Pediatric Obesity Taskforce for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has presented lectures and CMEs to doctors and other health care providers, both locally and nationally, on the impact of obesity in pediatrics. She has also led various workshops about child nutrition and childhood obesity for pediatricians and families.
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 a 1-year fellowship 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.