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Sonal Batra Sonal Batra
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-741-2921
Email: Email
Department: Emergency Medicine


  • BS, Northwestern University, 2004
  • MST, Pace University, 2006
  • MD, Northwestern University, 2010


Sonal Batra, MD, MST is Assistant Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency and oversees the residency curriculum.   Additionally, she works with the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine to develop web-based curriculum for post-graduate training programs across India.  In conjunction with the George Washington Health Workforce Institute and the School of Medicine and Health Science's Office of Diversity she works on a pipeline program aimed to increase the number of underrepresented minority students from the Washington, DC area who enter health professions.  Dr. Batra’s is a board member of the Beyond Flexner Alliance, an organization committed to expanding the role of social mission in health professions education.

She completed her emergency medicine residency, including a year as chief resident, in 2014 at the George Washington University. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University in the Honors Program in Medical Education. Between undergraduate and medical school, Dr. Batra spent two years teaching middle school science with Teach for America. During that time she earned a Masters of Science in Teaching from Pace University in New York City.



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Social Mission Metrics Study
Rodham Institute Community Collaboration Award


Dr. Batra is currently working on a research project to develop social mission metrics for health professions schools.  Additional interests include health workforce diversity and inclusion, access to care, graduate medical education, and international emergency medicine.

Centers and Institutes

Beyond Flexner Alliance


Community Service

Physicians for Human Rights - Asylum Network.  Dr. Batra conducts forensic evaluations for asylum seekers to support their legal case for asylum status in the United States.

Interest Section(s)

  • Education
  • International Emergency Medicine


Pittman P, Chen C, Erikson C, Salsberg E, Luo Q, Vichare A, Batra S, Burke G. Health Workforce for Health Equity. Medical Care. Oct 2021;59: S405-S408

Pierce AZ, Batra S, Norberg B. Accidental Ocular Rocuronium Exposure. Ann Emerg Med. 2021;78(6):804-805. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2021.09.426

Orban J, Xue C, Raichur S, Misak M, Casimir J, Nobles A, Batra S. Social Mission in Health Professions Accreditation. Acad Med. Sept 2021

Hoffer M, Salvo M, Batra S. SAPHO Syndrome: An Unusual Cause of Dysphagia. Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine. 2021. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4tv9q218

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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