Ratan D Bhardwaj, MD, PhD

Global Medical Director

Dr. Bhardwaj did his undergraduate studies in physiology (Western University) and medical school (Queen’s University) in Canada. He became very interested in the brain and its development, and did his surgical residency in neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. During his training he completed a PhD at the Nobel Medical Institute at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden with a focus on human stem cell dynamics in the brain and heart. His thesis took an innovative perspective of examining human cellular turnover by using fallout from global hydrogen fusion atomic bomb testing. He also has a strong interest in space medicine, and has been involved in the International Space University, as well as working at NASA Ames and Johnson space centers. Dr. Bhardwaj then did fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery as well as a stem cell research fellowship at the Sanford Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California. Dr. Bhardwaj has great interest in aspects of neuroplasticity, cellular regeneration, restorative surgery, epigenetics, and cell differentiation. Since the completion of his training, he has been working as a pediatric neurosurgeon helping children, and also running a basic science translational lab to help children with solutions for the future.

Dr. Bhardwaj is now Medical Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Sanford Children's Hospital and is also leading a stem cell lab interested in regenerative medicine.