Dr. Neel K Bhatt joined the department as an assistant professor and is part of the division of laryngology. He completed his undergraduate and medical education at Indiana University. He pursued residency training in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. During this time, he completed a two-year research fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Randal Paniello. He then completed his fellowship in laryngology at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Bhatt is focused on advancing the understanding of neuromuscular changes to the larynx with aging and neurodegenerative disease. He is working to develop novel regenerative therapies to improve patients’ quality of life with voice, swallowing, and breathing disorders.


Undergraduate Education: Indiana University, 2006

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, 2012

Residency: Washington University in St. Louis, 2012 - 2019

Fellowship: Laryngology, University of Southern California, 2019 - 2020

Other Training: Post-doctoral research fellowship, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2014 - 2016


Awards and honors 

2019: Joseph M. Chole Humanitarian Award, Washington University Department of Otolaryngology, St. Louis, MO

2018, 2019: Paparella Clinical Research Award, St. Louis, MO – 2nd Place

2016, 2017: Steven Dean Gray Research Award - American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA) at COSM, San Diego, CA

2016: Winning Poster - American Laryngological Association (ALA) at COSM, Chicago, IL

2012: Winning Poster - Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting, Miami, FL

2009: Scholarship, Research in Academic Medicine, Indiana University

2004, 2006: National Semi-finalist, Intercollegiate Oratory, National Forensics Association

2002-2006: Scholarship, Science, Technology and Research Scholar (STARs), Indiana University

Academic interests 


My clinical interests are focused on the medical and surgical management of voice, breathing, and swallowing difficulties. I am particularly interested in the evaluation and treatment of vocal fold weakness and the aging voice. 


My research focus is two-fold: to better understand the neuromuscular changes to the larynx, particularly with aging, and to develop regenerative techniques for patients with voice, airway, and swallowing disorders. 

Recent Publications

Boles RW, Gao WZ, Johns MM, Daniero JJ, Grant NN, Rubin AD, Bhatt NK, Hapner ER, O'Dell K. Flexible Versus Rigid Laryngoscopy: A Prospective, Blinded Comparison of Image Quality., J Voice 2021 Mar

Timmons Sund L, Collum JA, Bhatt NK, Hapner ER. VHI-10 Scores in a Treatment-Seeking Population With Dysphonia., J Voice 2021 Jan

Bhatt NK, Gao WZ, Timmons Sund L, Castro ME, O'Dell K, Johns MM. Platelet-Rich Plasma for Vocal Fold Scar: A Preliminary Report of Concept., J Voice 2021 Jan

Pazak J, Bhatt NK, Levy A, Schick S, O'Dell K. Incidental Laryngeal Findings on Bedside Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing in a Community Hospital Setting., Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2021 Aug; 130(8):881-884

Bhatt NK, Mendoza J, Kallogjeri D, Hardi AC, Bradley JP. Comparison of Surgical Treatments for Zenker Diverticulum: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2021 02; 147(2):190-196