Clinical Interests: Newborn health, survival and long-term outcomes in developed and developing country settings.
Scholarly Focus: Epidemiology and newborn outcomes in developed and developing country settings. He has been involved with a series of studies involving the Washington State Birth Events Records Database (BERD) including: environmental risk factors for ventricular septal defects, pregnancy outcomes among Somali women, risk factors for recurrent shoulder dystocia, and effects of mode of delivery on pregnancy and newborn outcomes. His primary interests revolve around improving newborn care in resource-poor settings. He has been involved with developing guidelines of care in a special care nursery in central Uganda for the last 8 years. He is also a core investigator for the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), and is involved with the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (WHO/UNICEF).
Administration/Education Roles: Associate Director of the pediatric residency program and co-director of the residency pathways in global health and community pediatrics/advocacy. He is involved with the clinical training of students, residents, and fellows at the University of Washington, and with the training of health workers of all levels in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
Suchdev PS, Shah A, Derby KS, Hall L, Schubert C, Pak-Gorstein S, Howard C, Wagner S, Anspacher M, Staton D, O’Callahan C, Herran M, Arnold L, Stewart CC, Kamat D, Batra M, Gutman J. A proposed model curriculum in global child health for pediatric residents. Acad Pediatr 12: 229-37, 2012.
McPhillips HA, Frohna JG, Murad MH, Batra M, Panda M, Ferrell C, Miller MA, Brigham TP, Doughty RA. Enhancing teamwork between chief residents and residency program directors: Description and outcomes of an experiential workshop. J Grad Med Edu 3(4): 593-597, 2011.
Ahrens K, Stapleton FB, Batra M. The University of Washington Pediatric Residency Program experience in global health and community health and advocacy. Virtual Mentor 12:184, 2010.
Barros FC, Bhutta ZA, Batra M, Hansen TN, Victora CG, Rubens CE; GAPPS Review Group. Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth: evidence for effectiveness of interventions. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 10 (Suppl 1):S3, 2010.
Khan NZ, Muslima H, Begum D, et al , Batra M, Darmstadt GL. Validation of rapid neurodevelopmental assessment instrument for under-two-year-old children in Bangladesh. Pediatrics 125:e755, 2010.
Pak-Gorstein S, Batra M. “Global Child Health.” In Berkowitz's Pediatrics: A Primary Care Approach, 4th Edition. Editor: Carol Berkowitz, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011.
Batra M, Darmstadt, GL. One dose per day compared to multiple doses per day of gentamicin for treatment of suspected or proven sepsis in neonates’: a commentary. Evidence-Based Child Health. May 2011; 6: 912-15.