Clinical Interests: Newborn health, survival, and long‐term outcomes in developed and developing country settings.
Scholarly Focus: Dr. Batra has two primary scholarly interests. The first is capacity building in resource limited settings, including human resource capacity, and the second is synthesis of existing solutions and adaptation of interventions to these settings. He helped to develop, implement and direct the University of Washington Pediatric Residency REACH (Resident Education and Advocacy for Child Health) Pathway in 2007. He was a founding member and is currently a member of the executive steering committee of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Global Health Pediatric Education Group. He is a member of the Education and Training Committee and the Global Health Task Force of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). He has served in several consulting roles to the World Health Organization (WHO) and is currently a Global Newborn Strategy Consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). He has been a collaborator on several studies evaluating etiologies and outcomes of preterm birth globally. In addition, Dr. Batra has established an additional area of scholarly contribution in graduate medical education. He has been involved with 3 multi‐center national studies, which have evaluated resident professionalism, duty hours and the learning environment. Most recently, he is a founding member of the Pediatric Residency Burnout and Resilience Study Consortium which now includes over 60 pediatric residency programs aligned to measure, characterize and to develop interventions to promote resident wellbeing.
2019‐2021 Newborn Health Consultant, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Team, (Effort 30%)
2019‐2021 Validation and Feasibility Study of a Low‐Cost Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Kit and Oxygen Blender for Neonates. US Agency for International Development. Role: Co‐ Investigator, Total Award: $250,000
2019‐2020 Mobile WACh NEO: Mobile Solutions for Neonatal Health and Maternal Support. NICHD RO1. Role: co‐investigator. Total award: $2,900,000
2015‐Present Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Endowment for International Child Health Research and Education), Seattle Children’s Foundation
Role: Manager and Steward. Principal: $500,000, Annual Disbursement: $25,000
Administration/Education Roles: Associate Director of the pediatric residency program and co‐director of the REACH Pathway (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.