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Bhakti Hansoti, MBCHB

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • School of Medicine (Primary)
  • International Health (Joint)
    • Division: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

5801 Smith Avenue
Suite 3220
Baltimore, Maryland 21209


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MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
MBCHB, University of Edinburgh, 2006


Dr. Hansoti received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Edinburgh University, Scotland. Comepleted a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago and joined the department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins as an International Emergency Medicine fellow in 2012. In her short tenure at Hopkins Dr. Hansoti completed both a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Cape Town; has published over 35 manuscripts; given numerous invited talks nationally and internationally; held varied national and international leadership roles; is an active member of the JHU SOM IRB; and received a Fogarty Fellowship award, a Thrasher Early Career Award and the JHU Clinical Scientist Award.

Her primary research focuses on the development of a unique HIV testing and linkage to care intervention using an active implementation approach to overcome behavioral and organizational barriers within the Emergency Care setting in South Africa. HIV remains one of the largest contributors to morbidly and mortality in South Africa and the emergency department could be central to reducing the burden of HIV in South Africa by initiating HIV testing and linkage to care.

Apart from her research, Dr Hansoti has been very active as an educator and program builder, she is a mentor to numerous students and residents both at SOM and SPH, and serves as the Associate Director for Academic Programs at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Quinn. Recently Dr. Hansoti was named the learning director for the 94 million dollar USAID Sustaining Technical and Analytical Resources (STAR) program (previously known as the global health fellows program).

Honors and Awards

Oct 2016 INDUSEM SWASTHA JYOTI PARITOSHIK 2016 (young Investigator award), The Academic College of Emergency Experts in India.

July 2016 Ross Physician Scientist Endowment Award

July 2016 Global mHealth Initiative Scholarship Award, JHSPH

October 2015 Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP)

May 2015 Outstanding reviewer award, Academic Emergency Medicine

March 2013 Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Award, FIC, NIH

November 2012 MPH travel grand award recipient, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

November 2012 Best Speaker Award, African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM) meeting

July 2012 Global Health Scholarship Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

June 2012 Outstanding Resident Research Award, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago

May 2012 Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA), Young Physician Award, SAEM

May 2012 Academy of Women in Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) Outstanding Resident Award, SAEM

2011 Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholarship Award

2009, 2011 Team Health INDO-US Grant Award for Global Emergency Medical Sciences

2007 Seddon Society 2nd prize recipient for oral presentation

  • HIV
  • Implementation Science
  • Global Health, Emergency Medicine
  • South Africa

In recent years, my research has begun to focus developing ED-based HIV testing and linkage to care strategies. I informed my approach by conducting a systematic review of ED-based HIV testing intervention in Low and Middle Income countries (LMICs), which is currently under review. In addition, we conducted a qualitative study on patient and provider attitudes to ED-based HIV testing in order determine the feasibility of providing HIV testing within this venue. This work has demonstrated that while there is definitely a need for ED-based HIV testing, there is paucity of research from LMICs, furthermore we identified that ED-providers have overall negative attitudes to HIV testing in the ED and some stigma against people living with HIV. These studies highlighted the need for an implementation approach if we are to successfully provide HIV testing and linkage to care in the South African emergency care context. Recently I published a paper with a South African colleague that presents the possibility of the CDC opt-out testing approach as an alternative testing strategy in South Africa.

  • Hansoti B, Stead D, Parrish A, Reynolds SJ, Redd AD, Whalen MM, Mvandaba N, Quinn TC. HIV testing in a South African Emergency Department: A missed opportunity. PLoS One. 2018 Mar 13;13(3):e0193858. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193858. eCollection 2018.
  • Hansoti B, Kelen GD, Quinn TC, Whalen MM, DesRosiers TT, Reynolds SJ, Redd A, Rothman RE. A systematic review of emergency department based HIV testing and linkage to care initiatives in low resource settings. PloS one. 2017 Nov 2;12(11):e0187443.
  • Hansoti B, Hill S, Whalen M, Stead D, Parrish A, et al. Patient and provider attitudes to emergency department-based HIV counselling and testing in South Africa. Southern African journal of HIV medicine. 2017 May 31; 18(1):7
  • Hardcastle TC, Hansoti B. HIV, trauma and the emergency departments: The CDC opt-out approach should be adopted in South Africa. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law. 2016 Oct 18;9(2):57.