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Nasir I. Bhatti, MD

Dr Nasir Bhatti Dr. Nasir Bhatti

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Adult Tracheostomy and Airway Service


EDUCATION - Medical School
King Edward Medical College

EDUCATION - Residency
The Johns Hopkins University

American Board of Otolaryngology


  • Airway disorders
  • Sinus disease
  • Nasal problems
  • Swallowing problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • General otolaryngology, including voice problems, hoarseness


  • Identifying and implementing measures to provide the highest quality of care to patients with airway problems.
  • Developing state of the art improvements in the surgical procedure of tracheostomy and novel ways of improving short term and long term of adult patients with tracheostomy.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital


Bhatti NI. Surgical management of the difficult adult airway. In: Cummings CW, ed. Cummings Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier; 2010.121-129

Bhatti NI, Goldenberg D. The difficult airway management in conventional head and neck surgery. In: Hagberg C, ed. Benumof’s Airway Management., 2nd ed. Philadelphia : Mosby Elsevier; 2007.889-899

Goldenberg D, Bhatti NI. Management of the impaired airway in the adult. In: Cummings CW, ed. Cummings Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby; 2005.2441-2453.

Couch ME, Bhatti N. The Current Status of Percutaneous Tracheotomy in the Advances in Surgery (John L. Cameron M.D. Editor) Vol 36


Laeeq K, R Waseem, Weatherly R, Reh DD, Lin SY, Lane AP, Ishii M, Cummings CW, Bhatti NI. In-training assessment and predictors of competency in endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope.2010 Dec; 120(12):2540-5

Stewart CM, Masood H, Pandian V, Laeeq K, Akst L, Francis H, Bhatti NI. Development and Pilot Testing of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) on hoarseness. Laryngoscope. 2010 Nov; 120(11): 2177-2188

Laeeq K, Pandian V, Skinner M, Masood H, Stewart CM, Weatherly R, Cummings CW, Bhatti NI. Learning curve for competency in flexible laryngoscope Laryngoscope. 2010 Oct; 120(10):1950-3

Pandian V, Vaswani RS, Mirski MA, Haut E, Gupta S, Bhatti NI. Safety of percutaneous dilational tracheostomy in coagulopathic patients. Ear Nose Throat J. 2010 Aug; 89(8):387-95

Francis HW, Masood H, Laeeq K, Bhatti NI. Defining milestones toward competency in mastoidectomy using a skills assessment paradigm. Laryngoscope. 2010 Jul; 120(7):1417-21

Bhatti NI, Mohyuddin A, Raveen N, Funk SE, Laeeq K, Pandian V, Mirski M, Feller-Kopman D. Cost analysis of intubation-related tracheal injury using a national database. Otolaryngol Head and Neck Surg. 2010 Jul; 143(1):31-6

Francis HW, Masood H, Chaudhry KN, Laeeq K, Carey JP, Della Santina CC, Limb CJ, Niparko JK, Bhatti NI. Objective assessment of mastoidectomy skills in the operating room. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Jul; 31(5)759-65.

Laeeq K, Weatherly RA, Masood H, Thomson RE, Brown DJ, Cummings CW, Bhatti NI. Barriers to the implementation of competency-based education and assessment: a survey of otolaryngology residency program directors. Laryngoscope. 2010 Jun; 120(6):1152-8

Chu E, Westra W, Aygun N, Bhatti NI. Combined endoscopic and trans-oral resection of a primary nasopharyngeal paraganglioma. Ear Nose Throat J 2010 May; 89(5) E1-3.

Laeeq K, Infusino S, Lin SY, Reh DD, Ishii M, Kim J, lane AP, Bhatti NI. Video-based assessment of operative competency in endoscopic sinus surgery. Am J Rhino Allergy. 2010 May; 24(3); 234-7

Laeeq K, Weatherly RA, Carrott A, Pandian V, Cummings CW, Bhatti NI. Learning styles in two otolaryngology residency program. Laryngoscope. 2009 Dec; 119(12):2360-5.

Berkow LG, Greenberg RS, Kan KH, Colantouni E, Mar LJ, Flint PW, Corridore M, Bhatti N, Heitmiller ES. Need for emergency surgical airway reduced by a comprehensive difficult airway program. Anest Analg. 2009 Dec; 109(6):1860-9

Laeeq K, Bhatti NI, Carey JP, Della Santina CC, Limb CJ, Niparko JK, Minor LB, Francis HW. Pilot testing of an assessment tool for competency in mastoidectomy. Laryngoscope. 2009 Dec; 119 (12):2402-10

Starmer HM, Ishman SL, Flint PW, Bhatti NI, Richmon J, Koch W, Webster K, Tufano R, Gourin GG. Complications that affect post laryngectomy voice restoration: primary surgery vs. salvage surgery. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Nov; 135 (11):1165-9

Lin S, Laeeq K, Ishii M, Kim J, Lane A, Reh D, Bhatti NI. Development and pilot testing of a feasible, reliable, and valid operative competency assessment tool for the endoscopic sinus surgery Am J Rhino. Allergy. 2009 May-Jun; 23(3):354-9.

Brown DJ, Thompson RE, Bhatti NI. Assessment of operative competency in otolaryngology residency: Survey of US Program Directors Laryngoscope. 2008 Oct; 118(10):1761-4

Bhatti NI, Tufano RP. Preface: dynamic aspects of laryngeal cancer management. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2008 Aug; 41(4): xixii

Pandian V, Nguyen TT, Mirski M, Bhatti NI. Percutaneous Tracheostomy: A Multidisciplinary Approach Perspective on Voice and Voice Disorders 2008 18: 87-98.

Bhatti NI, Cummings CW. Competency in Surgical Residency Training: Defining and Raising the Bar. Acad Med. 2007 Jun; 82(6):569-73.

Bhatti N, Mirski M, Tatlipinar A, Koch W, Goldenberg D. Reduction of complication rate in percutaneous dilation tracheotomies. Laryngoscope. 2007 Jan; 117(1):172-5

Bhatti N, Tatlipinar A, Mirski M , Koch W, Goldenberg D. Percutaneous dilation tracheotomy in ICU patients: our experience with 274 patients - Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;136:938-941

Bhatti NI. Competency Based Surgical Residency: Making Osler Proud. Journal of AMMA 2005; 3(3): 3-6 online accessed on September 25, 2006 at

Bhatti NI, Herpel LB. Window of Opportunity. Invited Editorial for ADVANCE for Managers of Respiratory Care 2006; 15(8)

Nuyens MR, Bhatti NI, Flint P. Multiple synchronous fibrovascular polyps of the hypopharynx ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relate Spec. 2004; 66(6): 341-4

Couch ME, Bhatti N. The Current Status of Percutaneous Tracheotomy Adv. Surg. 2002; 36:275-96

Koch WM, Bhatti N, Williams MF, Eisele DE: Oncologic rationale for bilateral tonsillectomy in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary source. Otolaryng-Head and Neck Surgery. 2001 Mar; 124(3): 331-33

Czader M, Eberhart CG, Bhatti N, Cummings C, Westra WH: Metastasizing mixed tumor of the parotid: initial presentation as a solitary kidney tumor and ultimate carcinomatous transformation at the primary site. Am J Surg Pathol. 2000 Aug; 24(8):1159-64

Califano J, Bhatti NI, Niparko JK. Jugular bulb dehiscence Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 124:1047-50, 1998.

Bhatti NI, Niparko JK. Vestibular dysgenesis with semicircular canal aplasia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Sep; 123(9):1011, 1013-14.

Pollice PA, Bhatti NI, Niparko JK. Posterior fossa arachnoid cyst. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Jul; 123(7): 762,764-5.

Holliday MJ, Long DL, Brem H, Bhatti NI, Backous DD. Acute Cerebrospinal fluid pressure changes: Dynamics and effects. Skull Base Surg 1997; 7(suppl 1): 23

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