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DR. NITYA WADHWA, MD (Pediatrics)  

Assistant Professor
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M.D. (Pediatrics),Gujarat University, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
Diploma in Pediatrics, Gujarat University, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
MBBS, Gujarat University, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad

Present Research Interest

My work in the last 5 years as a clinical investigator has mainly involved the role of the micronutrient “zinc” in the therapy of childhood infections, namely diarrhea, infant sepsis and pneumonia. This has whet my appetite to focus on zinc- be it the mechanistic understanding of how and under what
Circumstances zinc supplementation works or the nutritional modulation (by zinc) of immune function in the fetus and new-born.


Contribution to Public Health Practice

  • Facilitator at the workshop on “Facility based Care of Severe Acute Malnutrition”, New Delhi, 2010.
  • Member of the National Consultative Group for dissemination of “Evidence based Management of Diarrhea” organized by Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) and UNICEF in 2009.
  • Developed revised guidelines for the management of diarrhea in children for NRHM in 2007.
  • Facilitator at the workshop on “Management of Severe Malnutrition” held to set up malnutrition management corners in 7 district hospitals in Rajasthan for UNICEF in 2007.
  • Member of the National IAP Task Force for Consensus Guidelines for treatment of Diarrhoea, 2006.
  • Member of the National IAP Task Force for Consensus Guidelines for Management of Severe Malnutrition, New Delhi, 2006

List of Publications in indexed journals:

  • Bhatnagar S, Wadhwa N, Aneja S, Lodha R, Kabra SK, Natchu UCM, Sommerfelt H, Dutta AK, Chandra J, Rath B, Sharma M, Sharma VK, Kumari M and Strand TA. Zinc as adjunct treatment in infants aged between 7 and 120 days with probable serious bacterial infection: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet 2012;379:2072-8.

  • Wadhwa N, UCM Natchu, Sommerfelt H, Strand TA, Kapoor V, Saini S, Kainth UPS, Bhatnagar S (corresponding author). Oral rehydration solution containing zinc does not reduce during or stool volume of acute diarrhea in hospitalized children: A randomized controlled study. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2011 Aug; 53(2):161-7.
  • Bhatnagar S, Wadhwa N, Sommerfelt H, Strand TA, UCM Natchu, Kapoor V, Saini S, Kainth UPS. Oral rehydration solution is a poor vehicle for zinc in the treatment of acute childhood diarrhea - a randomized controlled trial. Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Submitted).
  • Bhatnagar S, Bhatia V, Wadhwa N, Kumar Harish. Low osmolarity ORS and Zinc supplementation in the management of acute watery diarrhea: Current Management Practices. Ind J Pediatr 2008; 75(SS1) S53-6.
  • Bhatnagar S, Wadhwa N, Bhatia V, Aggarwala A. Practical issues in dietary management of persistent diarrhea in developing countries. Ind J Pediatr 2008;75(SS1)S123-8.
  • Bhatnagar S, Tandon N. Diagnosis of Celiac Disease. Indian J Pediatr 2006;73(8):703-9.

List of Publications in journals, not included in medical database, but published in journals of National Societies/Professional Associations:

  • Bhatnagar S, Bhatia V, Wadhwa N. Probiotics and their use in childhood diarrhea. Proceedings of the ICMR Second Probiotic Symposium, Pub: Oxford & IBH 2008;71-82.

Authorship/Editorship of Monographs

  • Bhatnagar S, Kumar H, Anand VK, Wadhwa N. Advisor Bhan MK. Revised guidelines for management of diarrhea in children for medical officers and health workers. Ministry of Health, August, 2007.


Chapters in text books

  • Bhatnagar S, Lodha R, Bhatia V, Wadhwa N, Agarwala A. Nutrition. Ghai Essential Pediatrics, 7th Edn. Pub: CBS & Distributors 2009;57-77.