Distinguished Scientist: Vijaya Bhatt, MBBS

February 05, 2021

Image with caption: Vijaya Bhatt, MBBS

Vijaya Bhatt, MBBS

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2020 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Vijaya Bhatt, MBBS
  • Title: Associate professor, UNMC Division of Oncology/Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine; medical director, Leukemia Program
  • Joined UNMC: 2012
  • Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

The Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award, sponsored by UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

Research focus:

  • Acute leukemia
  • Geriatric oncology
  • Graft-versus-host disease

The goal of my research is: to improve survival and quality of life of adults with acute leukemias including those who have undergone allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

My research will make a difference because: Acute leukemias continue to take the lives of many adults. Treatment for leukemias also can cause significant morbidity, particularly in older adults. My research is targeted toward reducing early mortality in older adults with acute myeloid leukemia, prevent relapse of leukemia after an allogeneic stem cell transplantation and improve symptoms related to graft-versus-host disease.

The best advice I've ever been given is:

Our thoughts shape our life. What we think, we become.

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I attended a regional championship in table tennis and lost the match to my brother.
  • I have read three books and watched dozens of videos on parenting, and I am still trying to figure it out.
  • I enjoy watching TED Talks.

John Bibawy
February 19, 2021 at 9:45 AM

Fantastic! Congratulations!

Pallav Bajracharya
February 18, 2021 at 10:39 PM

Congratulations, Vijay!!

Zaka Khan
February 18, 2021 at 9:57 PM

Congratulations Vijay .

Rajat Bhatt
February 18, 2021 at 8:05 PM

Congratulations Brother.Best Wishes.

Shrutee Baniya
February 18, 2021 at 6:29 PM

Congratulations Vijay

Abhinav Kumar Agrawal
February 12, 2021 at 1:33 AM

Congratulations Vijay. You truly deserve this.

Amber Heinert
February 11, 2021 at 10:20 AM

Congrats Dr. Bhatt! Well deserved!

Dr Anshu Atreya
February 10, 2021 at 8:50 AM

Congrats Vijay!

Sandy Goetzinger-Comer
February 10, 2021 at 8:31 AM

Congratulations!! My father died from AML in 1996 and I applaud your research Into this disease and others. Keep up the great work!

pratyush shrestha
February 09, 2021 at 7:52 PM

Congratulations Vijay. You make us all proud. Keep up the good work.

Sabin Bista
February 09, 2021 at 1:16 PM

Congratulation. Well deserved. Making nepalese proud.

Carmelita Alvares
February 07, 2021 at 3:13 PM

Congratulations Dr. Bhatt.

Jessica Semin
February 07, 2021 at 1:21 PM

Congrats, Dr. Bhatt!!!

Urba datt Bhatta
February 06, 2021 at 7:23 AM

Congratulations my dear Son. Lots of love and best wishes again.

Carol Russell
February 05, 2021 at 6:28 PM

Congratulations again!! Carol Russell

Krishna Gundabolu
February 05, 2021 at 5:23 PM


Rajesh shrestha
February 05, 2021 at 3:30 PM


Rachal Brantley
February 05, 2021 at 11:19 AM

So well deserved!! Amazing, compassionate physician/research!

Mariza Hoffman
February 05, 2021 at 8:40 AM

Congratulations Dr. Bhatt!

Brenda Ram
February 05, 2021 at 7:25 AM

Congratulations Dr. Bhatt!