Rusha Bhandari, M.D., M.S.
Rusha Bhandari, M.D., M.S., is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist who specializes in survivorship, which enables her to continue providing care and personalized late effects screening for patients long after they complete their cancer treatment.
Dr. Bhandari earned her undergraduate degree from University of California Los Angeles, followed by her medical degree at Saint Louis University. She completed her training in pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and her fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Dr. Bhandari’s research focuses on identifying methods to mitigate toxicities from cancer treatment, with the goal of improving long-term patient outcomes. She is thrilled to be a part of City of Hope's team, which she praises for its compassionate, personalized care and leading-edge research.
2021, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
2017, American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
2018-2020, Masters of Science, Clinical, Biomedical & Translational Investigations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
2010-2014, Doctor of Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
2006-2010, Bachelor of Science, Psychobiology, Minor in Global Studies, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
2017-2020, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
2014-2017, Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
2022-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, City of Hope, Duarte, California
2022-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Sciences, City of Hope, Duarte, California
2020-2022, Pediatric Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, City of Hope, Duarte, California
2022, Childhood Cancer Survivor Study Junior Faculty Career Development Award
2021, Fellow, Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer Workshop
2019, The Saban Research Institute Training and Travel Award
2018, University of Southern California Provost Postdoctoral Scholar
2013, ACP Missouri Chapter Meeting, 3rd place winner in medical student clinical vignette poster presentation, Osage Beach, Missouri
2007-2010, Dean’s Honors List, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
2018-present, American Society of Hematology
2018-present, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
2018-present, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
2017-present, Children’s Oncology Group
Bhandari R, Scott E, Yeh MY, Wong K, Rushing T, Huh W, Orgel E. Association of body mass index with toxicity and survival in pediatric patients treated with cisplatin-containing regimens. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2020 Nov 10:1-12. PMID: 33170064.
Bhandari R, Teh JB, Herrera C, Echevarria M, Lindenfeld L, Wong FL, Wilson K, Armenian SH. Prevalence and risk factors for vitamin D deficiency in long-term childhood cancer survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021 Jul;68(7):e29048. PMID: 33822476.
Bhandari R, Aguayo-Hiraldo P, Malvar J, Cheng K, Sacapano A, Abdel-Azim H, Chi YY, Wallace G, Asgharzadeh S, Jodele S, Orgel E. Ultra-high dose vitamin D in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A nonrandomized controlled trial. Transplant Cell Ther. 2021 Dec;27(12). PMID: 34500127.
Bhandari R, Teh JB, He T, Peng K, Iukuridze A, Atencio L, Nakamura R, Mostoufi-Moab S, McCormack S, Lee K, Wong FL, Armenian SH. Association between body composition and development of glucose intolerance after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 Nov 2;31(11):2004-2010. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965. EPI-21-1449.
Song MK, Armenian SH, Bhandari R, Lee K, Ness K, Putt M, Lindenfeld L, Manoukian S, Wade K, Dedio A, Guzman T, Hampton I, Lin K, Baur J, McCormack S, Mostoufi-Moab S. Exercise training and NR supplementation to improve muscle mass and fitness in adolescent and young adult hematopoietic cell transplant survivors: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2022 Jul;22(1):795. PMID: 35854224.
Bhandari R, Teh JB, He T, Nakamura R, Artz AS, Jankowska MM, Forman SJ, Wong FL, Armenian SH. Social vulnerability is a clinically important risk factor for worse outcomes after allogeneic transplantation. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 Nov 14;114(11):1484-1491. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djac150.
Lee K, Iukuridze A, He T, Bosworth A, Lindenfeld L, Berano Teh J, Echevarria M, Albanese S, Atencio L, Bhandari R, Wong FL, Artz AS, Siddiqi T, Nikolaenko L, Zain J, Mei M, Shouse G, Popplewell LL, Herrera AF, Budde E, Forman SJ, Armenian SH. Association between pre-treatment skeletal muscle and outcomes after chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. In press.
Shah UA, Ballinger RH, Bhandari R, Dieli-Conwright CM, Guertin KA, Hibler E, Kalam F, Lohmann AE, Ippolito J. Imaging Modalities for Measuring Body Composition in Patients with Cancer: Opportunities and Challenges. J Natl Cancer Inst. In press.
- Bhandari R, Malvar J, Sacapano A, Aguayo-Hiraldo P, Jodele S, Orgel E. Association Between Vitamin D and Risk for Early and Late Post-Transplant Complications. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Epub 2019 Oct 22. PMID: 31654787.
- Bhandari R, Orgel E, Rushing T, Malicse K, Evangelista V, Jodele S, Dandoy CE. Improving the Timeliness of Chemotherapy Administration in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Epub 2019 Sep 25. PMID: 31562961.
- Bhandari R, Lindley A, Bhatla D, Babic A, Mueckl K, Rao R, Brooks P, Geiler V, Gross G, Al-Hosni M, Shenoy S. Awareness of cord blood collection and the impact on banking. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 2017 Jul;64(7). Epub 2017 Jan 23. PMID: 28111924.
- Walling EB, Benzoni N, Dornfeld J, Bhandari R, Sisk BA, Garbutt J, Colditz G. Interventions to Improve HPV Vaccine Uptake: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul;138(1). pii: e20153863. Epub 2016 Jun 13. Review. PMID: 27296865.
- Shah R. The role of nutrition and diet in Alzheimer disease: a systematic review. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2013 Jun;14(6):398-402. Epub 2013 Feb 16. Review. PMID: 23419980.