Education and Training
MBBS - Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital (LHMC), New Delhi, India
Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
Pediatrics - Maulana Azad Medical College and Hospital (MAMC), Delhi, India
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology - Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
General PediatricsPediatric Hematology-OncologyPediatrics
Titles and Academic Titles
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in Hematology and Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Departments and Services
Areas of Focus
Laboratories & Research Programs
Hart LS, Rader J, Raman P, Batra V, Russell MR, Tsang M, Gagliardi M, Chen L, Martinez D, Li Y, Wood A, Kim S, Parasuraman S, Delach S, Cole KA, Krupa S, Boehm M, Peters M, Caponigro G, Maris JM. Preclinical therapeutic synergy of MEK1/2 and CDK4/6 inhibition in neuroblastoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2017;23(7):1785-1796.
Armstrong AE, Weese-Mayer DE, Mian A, Maris JM, Batra V, Gosiengfiao Y, et al. Treatment of neuroblastoma in congenital central hypoventilation syndrome with a PHOX2B polyalanine repeat expansion mutation: New twist on a neurocristopathy syndrome. Pediatric blood & cancer. 2015 May 22. PubMed PMID: 26011159.
Batra V, Sands SA, Holmes E, Geyer JR, Yates A, Becker L, et al. Long-term survival of children less than six years of age enrolled on the CCG-945 phase III trial for newly-diagnosed high-grade glioma: A report from the Children's Oncology Group. Pediatric blood & cancer. 2013 Aug 23. PubMed PMID: 24038913.
Batra V et al Meta-[211At]astatobenzylguanidine ([211At]MABG) is a potent alpha particle emitting systemic targeted radiotherapeutic in preclinical models of neuroblastoma. AACR Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.; April 2017.
Welsh S, Rosenblatt S, Batra V, Betensky M, Ichord R, Himebauch A progressive malignant arterial ischemic stroke: A rare presentation of pediatric APL. Society for Critical Care Medicine conference. Hawaii; January 2017.
Batra V et al Preclinical characterization of meta-[211At]astatobenzylguanidine ([211At]MABG) as an alpha particle emitting systemic targeted radiotherapeutic for neuroblastoma. Oral presentation at ANR Cairns, Australia June 2016.
Huibregtse K, Vo K, Dubois S, Fetzko S, Batra V et al Incidence and risk factors for secondary malignancy in patients with neuroblastoma after treatment with 131Imetaiodobenzylguanidine Oral presentation (Huibregtse K) at ANR Cairns, Australia; June 2016
DuBois S, Mody R, Van Ryn C, Naranjo A, Kreissman S, Baker DL, Parisi M, Barry Shulkin B, Maris JM, Batra V et al Clinical, biologic, and outcome differences according to MIBG avidity in children with neuroblastoma: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Oral presentation (DuBois S) at ANR Cairns, Australia; June 2016.
Batra V et al Dexmedetomidine does not interfere with meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) uptake at clinically relevant concentrations J Nucl Med 2016 57:1787.
Shulkin B, Maris JM, Batra V et al Clinical, biologic, and outcome differences according to MIBG avidity in children with neuroblastoma: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Meeting abstracts J Clin Oncol 34, 2016 (suppl; abstr 10526) ASCO Annual Meeting May 2016.
Batra V et al Development of meta-[211At]astatobenzylguanidine ([211At]MABG) as an alpha particle emitting systemic targeted radiotherapeutic for neuroblastoma AACR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA April 2015
Hart L, Chen L, Batra V et al Combined MEK1/2 and PI3K Inhibition Induces Synergistic Caspase-Dependent Apoptosis in Neuroblastoma, AACR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA April 2015
Chacko AM, Batra V et al Ultratrace meta-211At-astatobenzylguanidine (211At-MABG) for targeted radiotherapy of neuroendocrine cancer Journal of Nuclear Medicine Meeting abstracts May 2014; 55: 1075.
Bhatia A, Batra V et al Soft Tissue Neuroblastoma Response to 131I-MIBG therapy in the Pediatric Population. Meeting abstracts Pediatric Radiology June 2014, Volume 44, Issue 2 Supplement, pp 255-402
Batra V, Deyell R, Maris JM chapter: Molecular oncology of neuroblastoma in Molecular Oncology: Causes of Cancer and Targets for Treatment Charles Sawyers, Frank Rauscher and Edward Gelmann (eds.). Cambridge University Press.
Posters and Presentations
Hart L, Rader J, Raman P, Batra V et al Combined inhibition of CDK4/6 and MEK1/2 in preclinical models of neuroblastoma. Poster, ANR, Cologne, Germany, May 2014.
Batra V et al Preclinical development of meta-[211At] astatobenzylguanidine ([211At] MABG) targeted radiotherapy for neuroblastoma. Poster, AACR Pediatric Oncology Conference November 2013, Pediatric Cancer at the Crossroads: Translating Discovery into Improved Outcomes and Poster Presentation at CHOP Poster day February 2014.
Hart L, Batra V et al MEK 1/2 inhibition and biomarkers of response in preclinical models of neuroblastoma. Poster, AACR Pediatric Oncology Conference November 2013, Pediatric Cancer at the Crossroads: Translating Discovery into Improved Outcomes.
Rob Forrest Memorial Symposium on Medical Health Physics ‘Targeted Radiotherapy for the childhood cancer Neuroblastoma’ Thomas Jefferson University. December 2014
Awards and Honors
2016 Selected to attend the ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, Vail, CO
2015, Postdoctoral Research Award, CHOP Research Poster Day, Philadelphia, PA
2010, Selected to attend the Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Annual AACR Aspen Workshop, Aspen, CO
2004, Selected to attend the 13th Annual Workshop on Biostatistics and Trial Design, Brewster, MA
1995, Best Paper, Dr PN Taneja Award Indian Academy of Pediatrics
1993, Ranked in top 1% in Delhi University, India for MD entrance exam.
1991, Won the first Prize in the Dr S.K. Sen Inter Medical Debate Competition at Delhi Medical Association.
1990, Dr DN Mullick award for “Most meritorious student in clinical proficiency and excellence in Pediatrics”.
1990, First Prize in 4th Indian National Academy of Pediatrics: National Quiz.
1989, Mrs. Sharma memorial prize for the best student in microbiology.
1989, First in Class (1st/200), Microbiology, IV year MBBS.
1987, Mary Pickford award for the Best student in Anatomy dissection.
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
American Association for Cancer Research
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Children’s Oncology Group
Advances in Neuroblastoma