A photo of Bhargava Mullapudi.

Pediatric Surgeon, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Pediatric Transplant Surgeon

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery


Board Certified

"I take a mindfulness approach when I am operating, which means that there is nothing more important than your child."

My Biography & Research


As a pediatric transplant and general surgeon, I meet sick children and parents at the most vulnerable times in their lives. My goal is to make them feel at ease and to make decisions together. Even when there is a complex problem, I think: “If this were my child, what would I do?” Then I suggest the same treatment strategy to the parents. I take a mindfulness approach when I am operating, which means that there is nothing more important than your child.

I perform the following procedures:

  • Liver, kidney and intestinal transplantations
  • Surgical oncology
  • Hepatobiliary surgery, which includes the liver, bile ducts and gallbladder
  • Pancreas surgery, including total pancreatectomy islet cell auto transplantation (TPIAT)
  • Complex vascular problems, which includes both arteries and veins
  • Advanced minimally invasive approaches to the chest and abdominal surgery
  • Neonatal surgery on babies who are four weeks old or younger
  • Surgical robotics

I was inspired to pursue my career when my younger brother passed away at a young age. This experience motivated me to be a doctor and help children. Then, at age nine, I had a bad case of appendicitis and was amazed that the surgeon could cut into me and still take the pain away. At that point, I not only wanted to be a doctor but an outstanding surgeon!

Years later, when I was pursuing general surgery training, I was introduced to pediatric surgery and pediatric transplant surgery. This challenging field resonated with me. My research focus is on clinical outcomes in transplantation.

I was honored to receive the Jon S. Thompson Resident Teaching Award in recognition of my commitment and dedication to resident education and learning. I also received the Chancellor’s Council Award for clinical excellence at the University of Nebraska.

When I’m not working, I like hiking, backcountry camping, biking, yoga and meditation. I also enjoy spending time with my children and doing activities with them.

Additional Languages

Hindi, Tamil, Telugu

Clinical Interests

Pediatric liver, kidney, intestinal & multi-visceral transplantation; total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TPIAT); mid-aortic syndrome; renal auto transplantation; reno-vascular hypertension; hepatobiliary surgery; pediatric general and thoracic surgery; minimally invasive approach to lung malformations; tracheo-esophageal fistulas; duodenal atresia; choledochal cysts; other complex problems

Research Interests

Pediatric transplant outcomes

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Clinical Divisions

Surgery - General and Thoracic

Research Divisions

General and Thoracic Surgery

My Locations

My Education

Medical School: Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India, 2009.

Residency: General Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2015.

Fellowship: Pediatric Colorectal Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.

Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, University of California San Diego/ Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA, 2018.

Fellowship: Abdominal Transplant Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2020.

Certifications: American Board of Surgery, 2015; American Society of Transplant Surgery, 2020.

My Publications

Biliary Atresia and Other Disorders of the Extrahepatic Bile Ducts. Bezerra, JA; Asai, A; Tiao, G; Mullapudi, B; Balistreri, WF. Liver Disease in Children. 2021.

Carinal Resection and Reconstruction for an Obstructing Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor in a Child. Nawalaniec, J; Mullapudi, B; Jiang, W; Brigger, M; El-Said, H; Saenz, N; Murthy, R. World journal for pediatric & congenital heart surgery. 2020; 11:226-228.

Disparities in surgical care for children across Brazil: Use of geospatial analysis. Vissoci, JR N; Ong, CT; de Andrade, L; Hernandes Rocha, TA; da Silva, NC; Smith, ER; Rice, HE; Wright, N; Jensen, G; St-Louis, E; et al. PLoS ONE. 2019; 14.

A comparison of surgical complications after appendicostomy and neoappendicostomy in pediatric patients. Goddard, GR; Rymeski, B; Jenkins, T; Mullapudi, B; Dickie, BH; Bischoff, A; Pena, A; Levitt, MA; Frische, JS. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2019; 54:1660-1663.

The contribution of pediatric surgery to poverty trajectories in Somaliland. Smith, ER; Concepcion, TL; Mohamed, M; Dahir, S; Ismail, EA; Rice, HE; Krishna, A; Wright, N; Jensen, G; St-Louis, E; et al. PLoS ONE. 2019; 14.

Global Initiative for Children's Surgery: A Model of Global Collaboration to Advance the Surgical Care of Children. Wright, N; Jensen, G; St-Louis, E; Grabski, D; Yousef, Y; Kaseje, N; Goodman, L; Anderson, J; Ameh, E; Banu, T; et al. World Journal of Surgery. 2019; 43:1416-1425.

Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care: Executive Summary. Grabski, D; Ameh, E; Ozgediz, D; Oldham, K; Abantanga, FA; Abdel-malak, M; Abdulraheem, N; Ade-Ajayi, N; Ismail, A; Ademuyiwa, A; et al. World Journal of Surgery. 2019; 43:978-980.

Estimates of number of children and adolescents without access to surgical care. Mullapudi, B; Grabski, D; Ameh, E; Ozgediz, D; Thangarajah, H; Kling, K; Alkire, B; Meara, JG; Bickler, S. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2019; 97:254-258.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Early Pancreatic Carcinogenesis via Repression of the AKT Pathway. Ding, Y; Mullapudi, B; Torres, C; Mascarinas, E; Mancinelli, G; Diaz, AM; McKinney, R; Barron, M; Schultz, M; Heiferman, M; et al. Nutrients. 2018; 10.