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Sudershan Bhatia, MD, PhD

Associate Professor and Chief of VA Puget Sound

Locations of Practice


Dr. Bhatia treats patients with Prostate, Lung, Head and Neck and Gastrointestinal cancers at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.

Patient Care Philosophy

“I like to discuss details of the disease process and multidisciplinary options for treatment with the patient and help them make an informed decision. Radiation therapy is a team effort where every member of the team has a unique role to play. Together we make a coordinated plan to treat the patient and offer them our best possible care.
When we see a patient, we see a person and their family, and take the responsibility of healing their body, mind and spirit.”

Education and Training

Medical Degree: MBBS (MD) – MLN Medical College Allahabad, UP, India 1978
Graduate Degree: MPH – Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 1986
Doctoral Degree: PhD – Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 1994
Residency: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 2003
Fellowship – Brachytherapy: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 2004

Selected Publications from a Total of 51

McGuire SM; Bhatia SK; Sun W; Jacobson GM; Menda Y; Ponto LL; Smith BJ; Gross BA; Bayouth JE; Sunderland JJ; Graham MM; Buatti JM. Using [(18)F]Fluorothymidine Imaged With Positron Emission Tomography to Quantify and Reduce Hematologic Toxicity Due to Chemoradiation Therapy for Pelvic Cancer Patients. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. Sep 1;96(1):228-39. 2016

David Guttmann, Hualei Li, Parag Sevak, Surbhi Grover, Geraldine Jacobson, Aharon Feldman, Stephen Rubin, Christina Chu, Sudershan Bhatia, Mohamed Elshaikh , Lilie Lin. The Impact of Adjuvant Therapy on Survival Endpoints in Women With Early-Stage Uterine Carcinosarcoma: A Multiinstitutional Study. Int J Gynecol Cancer. Jan: 26(1): 141-8. 2016

Viswanathan AN, Erickson B, Gaffney DK, Beriwal S, Bhatia SK, Lee Burnett O 3rd, D’Souza DP, Patil N, Haddock MG, Jhingran A, Jones EL, Kunos CA, Lee LJ, Lin LL, Mayr NA, Petersen I, Petric P, Portelance L, Small W Jr, Strauss JB, Townamchai K, Wolfson AH, Yashar CM, Bosch W. Comparison and Consensus Guidelines for Delineation of Clinical Target Volume for CT- and MR-Based Brachytherapy in Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. Oct 1;90(2):320-8. 2014

Jacobson G, Bhatia S, Smith B, Button A, Buatti J. A Randomized Trial of Pentoxyfylline and Vitamin E versus Standard Follow up after Breast Irradiation to Prevent Breast Fibrosis. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. March 1; 85(3): 604-8, 2013.

Sun W, Bhatia SK, Jacobson GM, Flynn RT, Kim Y. Target volume changes through high-dose-rate brachytherapy for cervical cancer when evaluated on high resolution (3.0 Tesla) magnetic resonance imaging. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2012 Oct-Dec;2(4):e101-e106. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2012.03.012. Epub 2012 May 2.

Yamada Y, Bhatia S, Zaider M, Cohen G, Donat M, Eastham J, Rabbani F, Schupak K, Lee L, Lee J, Mueller B and Zelefsky MJ. Favorable clinical outcomes of three dimensional computer optimized inverse high dose rate prostate brachytherapy in the management of localized prostate cancer. Brachytherapy 5(3): 157-64, 2006.

Narayana A, Bhatia S, Souweidane M, Khakoo Y, Zaider M. (32) P radioisotope therapy for recurrent pilocytic astrocytoma. Brachytherapy 4(2):171-3, 2005.

Bhatia SK, Paulino AC, Buatti JM, Mayr NA and Wen BC. Curative radiation therapy for primary orbital lymphoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 54(3):818-23, 2002.

Bhatia SK, Rose NR, Schofield B, Lafond-Walker A, Kuppers RC. Influence of diet on the induction of experimental autoimmune thyroid disease. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 213(3):294-300, 1996.

Bhatia SK, Tygrett LT, Grabstein KH, Waldschmidt TJ. The effect of in vivo IL-7 deprivation on T cell maturation. J Exp Med. 181(4):1399-409, 1995.

Research Interests

Hypofractionated radiation therapy

Professional Involvement

  • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)