Dr. H. Vinod Bhat joined Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in 1988 and served as a lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine. He rose to become the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Additional Professor, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine.
He was the Chief Medical Officer of Dr. TMA Pai Rotary Hospital, Karkala from 1988 to 2003 and has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal in 2003 - 2004. He was the Registrar of Manipal University from 2005 to 2008.
He was promoted as Pro Vice Chancellor in May 2010.
Dr. Bhat has rich experience in research and service projects. He has worked in various capacities as Project Medical Officer, Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator etc. for various projects, including those supported by USAID, NACO/INPEN, WHO, etc.
He is also involved in fund raising activities for the health care related humanitarian projects of Manipal University. He was responsible for starting the ophthalmic extension at Karkala Hospital.
He is recipient of the Fogarty International Center's Fellowship for attending the Summer Institute in University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA in July/August 2004. He was conferred the FRCP from Glasgow University in the year 2008.