Nickhill Bhakta, MD, MPH
Nickhill Bhakta, MD, MPH

Nickhill Bhakta, MD, MPH

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty

  • Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, St. Jude Global

Departments

Education

AB - Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
MD
- University of Cincinnati, Ohio
MPH - Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
Internship and Residency - Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Fellowship - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

Honors & Awards

  • 2018-2021  St. Baldrick’s Scholar (Morgan and Friends Hero Fund), St. Baldrick’s Foundation
  • 2016  Bradley Stuart Beller Merit Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation
  • 2015-2017  St. Baldrick’s Fellow (Morgan and Friends Hero Fund), St. Baldrick’s Foundation
  • 2013  Victor E. Stork Excellence and Future Promise in Pediatrics Award, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles
  • 2013  Laura E. Mabie Resident Teaching Award, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • Disease burden estimation, decision analysis, global epidemiology of childhood cancer
  • Prioritization and the cost-effectiveness of childhood cancer treatment in low and middle income countries
  • Pediatric leukemia, cancer survivorship

Selected Publications

Bhakta N, Force LM, Allemani C, Atun R, Bray F, Coleman MP, Steliarove-Foucher E, Frazier L, Robison LL, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Fitzmaurice C. How many children are diagnosed with and survive cancer worldwide? A review of global estimates of the cancer burden in children. The Lancet Oncology. In Press. Accepted 10.8.18.

Cohen P, Friedrich P, Lam C, Jeha S, Metzger ML, Qaddoumi I, Naidu P, Faughnan L, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Bhakta N. Global Access to Essential Medicines for Childhood Cancer: A Cross-Sectional. Journal of Global Oncology. In Press. Accepted 9.12.18.

Huang IC, Bhakta N, Brinkman TM, Klosky JL, Krull KR, Srivastava D, Hudson MM, Robison LL. Determinants and Consequences of Financial Hardship Among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018 Aug 1. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djy120. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30085213.

Landier W, Skinner R, Wallace WH, Hjorth L, Mulder RL, Wong FL, Yasui Y, Bhakta N, Constine LS, Bhatia S, Kremer LC, Hudson MM. Surveillance for Late Effects in Childhood Cancer Survivors. J Clin Oncol. 2018 Jul 20;36(21):2216-2222. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2017.77.0180. Epub 2018 Jun 6. PubMed PMID: 29874139.

Flerlage JE, Metzger ML, Bhakta N. The management of Hodgkin lymphoma in adolescents and young adults: burden of disease or burden of choice? Blood. 2018 Jun 12. pii: blood-2018-01-778548. doi: 10.1182/blood-2018-01-778548. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29895665.

Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration., Fitzmaurice C, Akinyemiju TF, Al Lami FH, Alam T, Alizadeh-Navaei R, Allen C, Alsharif U, Alvis-Guzman N, Amini E, Anderson BO, Aremu O, Artaman A, Asgedom SW, Assadi R, Atey TM, Avila-Burgos L, Awasthi A, Ba Saleem HO, Barac A, Bennett JR, Bensenor IM, Bhakta N, Brenner H, Cahuana-Hurtado L, Castañeda-Orjuela CA, Catalá-López F, Choi JJ, Christopher DJ, Chung SC, Curado MP, Dandona L, Dandona R, das Neves J, Dey S, Dharmaratne SD, Doku DT, Driscoll TR, Dubey M, Ebrahimi H, Edessa D, El-Khatib Z, Endries AY, Fischer F, Force LM, Foreman KJ, Gebrehiwot SW, Gopalani SV, Grosso G, Gupta R, Gyawali B, Hamadeh RR, Hamidi S, Harvey J, Hassen HY, Hay RJ, Hay SI, Heibati B, Hiluf MK, Horita N, Hosgood HD, Ilesanmi OS, Innos K, Islami F, Jakovljevic MB, Johnson SC, Jonas JB, Kasaeian A, Kassa TD, Khader YS, Khan EA, Khan G, Khang YH, Khosravi MH, Khubchandani J, Kopec JA, Kumar GA, Kutz M, Lad DP, Lafranconi A, Lan Q, Legesse Y, Leigh J, Linn S, Lunevicius R, Majeed A, Malekzadeh R, Malta DC, Mantovani LG, McMahon BJ, Meier T, Melaku YA, Melku M, Memiah P, Mendoza W, Meretoja TJ, Mezgebe HB, Miller TR, Mohammed S, Mokdad AH, Moosazadeh M, Moraga P, Mousavi SM, Nangia V, Nguyen CT, Nong VM, Ogbo FA, Olagunju AT, Pa M, Park EK, Patel T, Pereira DM, Pishgar F, Postma MJ, Pourmalek F, Qorbani M, Rafay A, Rawaf S, Rawaf DL, Roshandel G, Safiri S, Salimzadeh H, Sanabria JR, Santric Milicevic MM, Sartorius B, Satpathy M, Sepanlou SG, Shackelford KA, Shaikh MA, Sharif-Alhoseini M, She J, Shin MJ, Shiue I, Shrime MG, Sinke AH, Sisay M, Sligar A, Sufiyan MB, Sykes BL, Tabarés-Seisdedos R, Tessema GA, Topor-Madry R, Tran TT, Tran BX, Ukwaja KN, Vlassov VV, Vollset SE, Weiderpass E, Williams HC, Yimer NB, Yonemoto N, Younis MZ, Murray CJL, Naghavi M. Global, Regional, and National Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Years of Life Lost, Years Lived With Disability, and Disability-Adjusted Life-Years for 29 Cancer Groups, 1990 to 2016: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. JAMA Oncol. 2018 Jun 2. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.2706. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29860482.

Renner L, Shah S, Bhakta N, Denburg A, Horton S, Gupta S. Evidence from Ghana Indicates that Childhood Cancer Treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa is Very Cost-Effective: A Report from the Childhood Cancer 2030 Network. Journal of Global Oncology. doi: 10.1200/JGO.17.00243. Epub 2018 May 3.

Pui C, Yang J, Bhakta N, Rodriguez-Galindo, C. Global Efforts Toward the Cure of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(18)30066-X. Epub 2018 March 29. PubMed Central PMCID: 28915337.

Fuentes-Alabi S, Bhakta N, Vasquez RF, Gupta S, Horton SE. The cost and cost-effectiveness of childhood cancer treatment in El Salvador, Central America: A report from the Childhood Cancer 2030 Network. Cancer. 2018 Jan 15;124(2):391-397. doi: 10.1002/cncr.31022. Epub 2017 Sep 15. PubMed PMID: 28915337; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5894342.

Bhakta N, Liu Q, Ness KK, Baassiri M, Eissa H, Yeo F, Chemaitilly W, Ehrhardt MJ, Bass J, Bishop MW, Shelton K, Lu L, Huang S, Li Z, Caron E, Lanctot J, Howell C, Folse T, Joshi V, Green DM, Mulrooney DA, Armstrong GT, Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Khan RB, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Yasui Y, Robison LL. The cumulative burden of surviving childhood cancer: an initial report from the St Jude Lifetime Cohort Study (SJLIFE). Lancet. 2017 Dec 9;390(10112):2569-2582. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31610-0. Epub 2017 Sep 8. PubMed PMID: 28890157; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5798235.

Frazier AL, Piñeros M, Fuentes S, Bhakta N. The global burden of childhood cancer: Knowing what we do not know. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Aug;64(8). doi: 10.1002/pbc.26532. Epub 2017 Apr 14. PubMed PMID: 28409882.

Hudson MM, Ehrhardt MJ, Bhakta N, Baassiri M, Eissa H, Chemaitilly W, Green DM, Mulrooney DA, Armstrong GT, Brinkman TM, Klosky JL, Krull KR, Sabin ND, Wilson CL, Huang IC, Bass JK, Hale K, Kaste S, Khan RB, Srivastava DK, Yasui Y, Joshi VM, Srinivasan S, Stokes D, Hoehn ME, Wilson M, Ness KK, Robison LL. Approach for Classification and Severity Grading of Long-term and Late-Onset Health Events among Childhood Cancer Survivors in the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 May;26(5):666-674. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0812. Epub 2016 Dec 29. Review. PubMed PMID: 28035022; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5413397.

Bhakta N, Liu Q, Yeo F, Baassiri M, Ehrhardt MJ, Srivastava DK, Metzger ML, Krasin MJ, Ness KK, Hudson MM, Yasui Y, Robison LL. Cumulative burden of cardiovascular morbidity in paediatric, adolescent, and young adult survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma: an analysis from the St Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Sep;17(9):1325-34. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(16)30215-7. Epub 2016 Jul 25. PubMed PMID: 27470081; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5029267.

Bhakta N, Martiniuk AL, Gupta S, Howard SC. The cost effectiveness of treating paediatric cancer in low-income and middle-income countries: a case-study approach using acute lymphocytic leukaemia in Brazil and Burkitt lymphoma in Malawi. Arch Dis Child. 2013 Feb;98(2):155-60. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2011-301419. Epub 2012 Nov 30. PubMed PMID: 23201550.

Last update: November 2018