Vrinda Bhardwaj, MD, FAAP

Director, Gastroenterology Endoscopy Services
Co-Director, Aerodigestive Program
Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Gores Allergy Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Bhardwaj is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Gores Allergy Center, CHLA.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases including eosinophilic esophagitis. Dr. Bhardwaj also specializes in aerodigestive disorders and has expertise in gastrointestinal diseases in velo-cardio-facial syndrome and autism.


Medical School

Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India


Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital Brooklyn, Maimonides Medical Center, New York


Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital Brooklyn, Maimonides Medical Center, New York


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition)



Pediatrics: American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Gastroenterology: American Board of Pediatric Gastroenterology


North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
American Gastroenterological Association; American Academy of Pediatrics



Bernard JK, McCann SP, Bhardwaj V, Washington MK, Frey MR : Neuregulin-4 is a survival factor for colon epithelial cells both in culture and in vivo. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Nov 2012; 287(47): 39850–39858.

Bhardwaj V, Liu Q. Magnet Ingestion in a Pediatric Patient: A Novel Indication for Nissen Fundoplication. Consultant for Pediatricians 2016; 15(1):29-31

Bhardwaj V, Harb R, Naon H . Eosinophilic Esophagitis: A Clinicopathological Review. Ann Pediatr Child Health. Feb 2015; 3(2): 1040.

DeSena J, Bhardwaj V, Lakhole A, Trost M. Mystery Edema in an Infant During Prolonged Hospitalization. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2015; 10(suppl 2)

Lakhole A, Bhardwaj V, Naon H. Crohns Disease presenting as allergic enteropathy in a 3 year old male. JPGN. 2014 November, Volume 59.

Liu Q, Merritt R, Bhardwaj V. Use of endoscopic needle-knife in the resection of unusual bridging polyp lesions in a patient with generalized juvenile polyposis syndrome. JPGN. 2014 November, Volume 59 (Suppl 2). S218.

Liu Q, Merritt R, Bhardwaj V. B-cell lymphoma with rectal bleeding in a pediatric patient with protein losing enteropathy. JPGN. 2014 November, Volume 59 (Suppl 2). S219.

Bhardwaj V, Harb R, Lin CH, Naon H. Agile Patency Capsule technique in evaluating small bowel patency prior to video capsule endoscopy  (VCE) in pediatric patients. JPGN, 2012 October, Volume 55 (Suppl 1), : 256.

Bhardwaj V, Naon H. Resolution of ileocolitis with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in a 4-year old female. JPGN, 2011 October, Volume 53 (Suppl 1), : E94 – 337.

Bhardwaj V, Lebel S. Recurrence of normal GGT cholestasis mimicking prrimary BSEP disease after live donor liver transplantation in PFIC2. JPGN, 2011 October, Volume 53 (Suppl 1), : E99 – 365.

Agnihotri N, Bhardwaj V, Shetty V: Lemierre’s Syndrome with contra lateral septic thrombophlebitis – An unusual presentation of a forgotten disease. The Journal of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia. June 2010; 10 (3):36.


Research Summary

Understanding role of Neuregulin ErbB4 signal transduction in intestinal inflammation via established murine acute colitis model and IL-10 knockout murine chronic colitis model. Dr Bhardwaj is currently also involved in clinical studies involving pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis.