Dr. Ankur Bharija specializes in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and practices at Stanford Hospital.

Dr. Bharija is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine with board certifications in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Bharija was an American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine “Inspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders 40 under 40” awardee in 2015. He was chair of the External Awareness Committee of AAHPM working on public awareness and engagement initiatives from 2014-2016.

Dr. Bharija's interests include promoting healthy aging for seniors in the community and quality of life for the frail elders and the seriously ill -- ensuring their safety, health, and happiness as they navigate the continuum of the healthcare system -- empowering them through innovative solutions which are at the right intersection of 'hi-tech and hi-touch'. He is passionate about advancing Global Health Equity and co-founder of a social start-up,

Twitter: @DrAnkurB

Clinical Focus

  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Palliative Medicine
  • High Value Care for the Frail Elderly through the Continuum
  • Transitional Care

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director, Inpatient Geriatric Programs and Aging Adult Services, Stanford Health Care (2015 - 2020)
  • Associate Medical Director, Elder Service Plan - Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center - Boston University Geriatrics (2012 - 2015)

Honors & Awards

  • Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training (CELT) Program, Stanford Medicine (08/2019)
  • Next Generation Leaders Fellowship - Age-Friendly Health Systems, American Hospital Association - John A. Hartford Foundation (10/2021)
  • Value-Based Health Care Delivery Intensive Seminar, Course Scholarship, Harvard Business School, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (01/2016)
  • “Inspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders under 40” Awardee, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) (03/2015)
  • Planning Ahead: An Advance Care Planning Tool for practitioners and public - Task Force Chair, Massachusetts Medical Society, Geriatric Medicine Committee (10/2014)
  • Helen Popaway Resident Research Competition, First Position, Kettering Medical Center, Wright State University (04/2009)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Advisor and Mentor, International Physician Scholarship Program, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Health Systems Innovation – Economics & Technology Committee (HSI-ETC), American Geriatrics Society (AGS) (2021 - Present)
  • Chair, External Awareness Committee, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2014 - 2016)
  • Chair, Task Force on Facilitating End-­‐Of-­‐Life Care Conversations, Massachusetts Medical Society (2014 - 2015)
  • Member, Geriatrics Rebranding Leadership Team, American Geriatrics Society (2013 - 2015)
  • Member, American Medical Association (2006 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine (2011)
  • Fellowship: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (2012) OH
  • Residency: Kettering Medical Center (2009) OH
  • Fellowship: Wright State Medical School Office of the Registrar (2010) OH
  • Medical Education: Kasturba Medical College Mangalore (2004) India
  • Board Certification: American Board of Med Specialties, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2010)
  • Board Certification, Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2009)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Personal and Professional (Clinical, research, and teaching) interests include promoting health and wellbeing for the frail elders and the seriously ill -- through innovation in High-value healthcare delivery systems, Public health-education, Health Information-technology and Social entrepreneurship.

1. High-value care for the frail elderly through the continuum - measuring outcomes and costs of care as we design a truly patient-family centric care model.

2. Integrating geriatric protocols in potential high-risk services - ED, Trauma service (falls), Care transitions.

3. Integrating HealthIT and Digital health solutions to empower patients and caregivers as they navigate complexities of personal health and the health care system.

Graduate and Fellowship Programs

All Publications

  • Referring physician perspective on how to handle frequent use of CT imaging. Journal of radiological protection : official journal of the Society for Radiological Protection Winford, E., Bharija, A. 2021


    The increasing use of computed tomography (CT) and other relatively high radiation dose exams in a recurrent manner result in radiation risks to individual patients. Recent studies have provided alarming information not only to the radiological community but also to referring physicians. We, as referring physicians, are often implicated in the overuse of imaging. However, a recent paper rightfully summarized the situation that despite the best use of available clinical decision support system for prescribing an imaging exam at a major hospital in the USA, many patients were found to have high cumulative doses. Motivated by the cue provided by the paper in this very journal, we decided to come forward with a possible solution taking the example of the drug prescription system that we routinely use. We provide a template to translate prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to ionizing radiation imaging. We suggest that all body CT exams should be monitored at an individual, prescriber, and institution level for frequency of use. Furthermore, there should be radiation risk stratification of an individual patient based on the cumulative radiation burden in recent years. Further, an individual's radiation risk-stratified in different risk levels should be available for use by the referring/ordering clinicians at the point of care. Finally, we feel distanced by the use of multiple scary radiation dose quantities in different imaging modalities and would prefer as simple a metric as "milligram."

    View details for DOI 10.1088/1361-6498/ac0df3

    View details for PubMedID 34161937