Neel K. Bhatt, MD



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.

Current CV


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

2021: Triological Society Career Development Award

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

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

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

Clinical 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. 

Recent Publications

Research Areas

Research Focus

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.