He studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle and then subsequently completed a PhD at the University of New South Wales. This involved detailed research in the area of retinal haemorrhages in children and he was awarded a research grant from the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. Dr Bhardwaj then undertook specialist training in Ophthalmology in the Sydney Eye Hospital network for 4 years.
After general ophthalmic training, Dr Bhardwaj completed 2 years of fellowship training in Medical Retina and Uveitis and then Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Melbourne, the largest Retinal Unit in Australia. During this period, he developed considerable expertise in the diagnosis and management of the full range of retinal and vitreous disorders, complicated cataract surgery (including sutureless scleral fixated lenses) and ocular trauma.
Following this, he migrated along with his family to Europe and worked at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the largest eye hospital in Europe, where he was a senior vitreoretinal fellow for 1 year. At Moorfields, Dr Bhardwaj managed adult and paediatric patients from all over the United Kingdom and Europe with complex vitreoretinal disorders and further refined his surgical and diagnostic skills.