Mr Bhat was born in 1965 and attended School and Pre- University College in Bangalore, India. He obtained A grades in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology before reading Medicine at KMC Mangalore (1982-88).

He qualified for a Residency programme in Orthopaedics (1989-93) through a highly competitive National medical entrance examination. Here, he submitted his Research thesis to the Bombay University and completed his MS.

Mr Bhat trained in Belfast and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 1996 in Dublin. He then specialised in Orthopaedic Surgery for the next five years as a Registrar and Senior Registrar on the Northern Ireland Training Scheme.

He qualified as an Orthopaedic Surgeon (FRCS Orth) in 1999. He then progressed to subspecialist training in Hand Surgery from Nottingham and Shoulder Surgery from Portsmouth. He was appointed as a Consultant at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust in 2004.

Since Mr Bhat’s appointment at SASH, he has built a highly reputable hand surgery department. He has trained numerous surgeons who have mostly become hand surgery consultants in the UK. He has also trained medical students, GPs, Radiographers, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists on a regular basis. The department is well known nationally and internationally. As a result, other young hand surgeons, Anaesthetists, hand physiotherapists and occupational therapists are now keen to work with him and continue to develop.