Hansa Bhargava, MD, is a Senior Medical Director at WebMD and Medscape. At WebMD she helps develop content, digital products such as apps and tools, and ensures accuracy and relevancy along with a team of medical experts that she oversees. She also represents WebMD and Medscape in the media.
Working closely with the editorial, product, and news teams, she helps develop content strategy from start to finish. Products such as the Baby App, Pregnancy App and BMI tools are also a key area of her work at WebMD. Additionally, she has helped with partnerships including those with the Jed Foundation, CDC, and Health Connect South as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 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 and the Center for Food Policy and Obesity and has served as an expert in media, including CNN, HLN, Politico, NPR, Vice, and WSJ Radio and has made frequent appearances on Fox 5 Atlanta. Bhargava has participated in conferences both as a moderator and expert panelist. She moderated many discussions including WebMD's Health Heroes in 2018 as well as UNICEF’s panel discussion on Food and Nutrition, which included CEO Caryl Stern and AAP Past President Sandra Hassink, MD. For Medscape, she interviews high-profile experts such as former CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, the AAP's Bernard Dreyer, MD, and Daniel Kraft, MD. 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.
For Medscape, Bhargava hosts the series "Uncharted Medicine" on innovations in medicine. She also serves on the Advisory Board.
In addition to writing for the Doctor’s Blog 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.
Outside of WebMD, Bhargava has worked with the AAP nationally and locally. She is an elected Executive member of the AAP Committee on Communications and Media, and in the Georgia AAP, 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 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.