Dr. Sonal Bhatia was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India and completed her medical school and pediatric residency at one of the top four medical colleges in the city. She then worked for close to three years as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the topmost government-run medical school and hospital before moving to the United States to pursue her strong interest in child neurology. She did her initial training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York before moving to Charleston, South Carolina to be with her husband who was training here to become a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. She completed the remainder of her child neurology residency and her fellowship in epilepsy at the Medical University of South Carolina and then joined the division of pediatric neurology as a faculty in July 2018.
She is board-certified in child neurology and epilepsy (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology). Aside from general pediatric neurology and epilepsy, her clinical interests include pediatric demyelinating diseases and neuroimmunology. She also enjoys teaching residents and medical students. She has several publications, as well as poster and oral presentations, to her credit. She is currently the associate program director of the Child Neurology Residency Program at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Besides English, she is proficient in four other Indian languages (Hindi, Marathi, Sindhi, Gujarati) and enjoys reading, playing scrabble, and traveling.