Sandhya K. Balaram, M.D., Ph.D.

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
1111 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 523-2798, (212) 523-5344 (fax)
e-mail: sbalaram@chpnet.org

Profile information:

Departments:

Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Interests:

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Thoracic Aneurysms, Robotic Surgery

Education:

1987-1993 Bachelor of Arts, Biology University of Missouri (Six-Year B.A./M.D. program) Kansas City, MO

Minor: Philosophy
University of Missouri Curator 's Scholar
Rotary Club Scholarship
Missouri Brightflight Scholarship
Graduation with Distinction

Doctor of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Kansas City, MO

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
American Medical Women's Association Achievement Citation
St. Louis Friends of UMKC Academic Scholarship
Medical Student Advisory Council
University of Missouri School of Medicine-student tutor
Volunteer at Kansas City Free Health Clinic

1995 - 1999 Doctor of Philosophy in Vascular Biology

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Creighton University School of Medicine Omaha , NE
Dissertation: The Role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I in Vascular Disease

Professional Experience:

1993-2000 General Surgery Residency
Creighton University School of Medicine Omaha , NE
Jobst Award for Vascular Research from the Coller Society
(University of Michigan): October 1996
British Journal of Surgery Resident Award: May 1997
Promotion with Honors: 1993-2000
Dr. Herbert H. Davis Scholarship Award: May 2000

1995-1997 General Surgery Research Resident
Vascular Surgery Research Laboratory
Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE

1999 ( Jan-June ) General Surgery Registrar
Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster , England

2000-2001 General Surgery Attending Physician
(General Surgery, Critical Care, Trauma)
Luther-Midelfort Hospital , Mayo Health System, Eau Claire, WI

2001-2003 Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI

2003-2004 Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Junior Attending in Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York , NY

Licensure:

Nebraska # 19939 1995-2002
Wisconsin #42794-020 2000-2003
New York #229489 2003-present

Board Certification:

National Board of Medical Examiners April 1993
American Board of Surgery April 2001
American Board of Thoracic Surgery June 2004

Accepted Abstracts and Presentations:

Balaram SK , Agrawal DK, and Edwards, JD. "Increased Expression of Cell Adhesion Molecules in Smoking" Nebraska American College of Surgeons Meeting. April 1996.

Balaram SK , Agrawal DK, Allen RT, Kuszynski CA, and Edwards JD. "Insulin-like Growth Factor-I and Vascular Disease" Midwest Vascular Surgical Society. April 1997

Balaram SK , Agrawal DK, Allen RT, Kuszynski CA, and Edwards JD. "Cell Adhesion Molecules and Insulin-like Growth Factor-I in Vascular Disease Coller Society Meeting, Jobst Award Presentation. October 1996.

Balaram SK , Agrawal DK, and Edwards, JD. "Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 Activates NF k B and Increases Transcription of ICAM-1 Gene in Endothelial Cells" Society of Vascular Surgery. Poster presentation. June 1997.

Balaram SK , Agrawal DK, and Edwards JD. "Inhibitors of Protein Tyrosine Kinases Inhibit IGF-1 Induced ICAM-1 Expression in Endothelial Cells" Coller Society Meeting. October 1997

Balaram SK , Ashton RC, Steinberg JS, Swistel DG, Ehlert F, Vloka ME, and DeRose, JJ. "Success of Robotic Bi-Ventricular Pacing Following Open Heart Surgery: The Importance of the Posterior Approach." Cardiothoracic Techniques and Technologies Meeting March 2004.

Balaram SK , DeRose JJ, Sherrid MV, Winson G, Swistel DG. "Beyond Extended Myectomy for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: The RPR (Resection-Plication-Release) Repair Comes of Age." Cardiothoracic Techniques and Technologies Meeting. March 2004.

Balaram SK , Ashton RC, Steinberg JS, Swistel DG, Ehlert F, Vloka ME, and DeRose JJ. Improved Response Rate and Left Ventricular Epicardial Lead Stability Following Robotically-Assisted Ventricular Resynchronization. American College of Cardiology Meeting. March 2004.

Belsley SJ, Connery CP, DeRose JJ, Balaram SK , McGinty JJ, Ashton RC. Robotic Esophageal Mobilization for Three-Hole Esophagectomy. Heart Surgery Forum. Volume 7, Supplement 1: S57. Abstract and Poster. June 2004.

Belsley SJ, Connery CP, DeRose JJ, Balaram SK , McGinty JJ, Ashton RC. Surgical Techniques in Robotic Esophageal Surgery. Heart Surgery Forum . Volume 7, Supplement 1: S23-24. Abstract and Video Presentation. June 2004.

Balaram SK , Ashton RC, Steinberg JS, Swistel DG, Ehlert F, Vloka ME, Todd GF, DeRose, JJ. Left Ventricular Mapping Results in Improved Response Rates for Robotically-Assisted Bi-Ventricular Pacing. Heart Surgery Forum Volume 7, Supplement 1:S20 Abstract and Presentation. June 2004.

Balaram SK , Ashton RC, Swistel DG, Singh V, Willentz J, DeRose, JJ. Mid-Term Experience with Robotically-Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass: Lessons Learned. Heart Surgery Forum . Volume 7, Supplement 1: S57.Abstract and Poster. June 2004.

Balaram SK. Robotic Bi-Ventricular Pacing: The Posterior Approach and LV Mapping. Minimally Invasive Robotic Association Meeting. October 2004.

I. K. Toumpoulis; C. E. Anagnostopoulos; S. Balaram; D. G. Swistel; R. C. Ashton; J. J. DeRose Does Bilateral Internal Thoracic Artery Grafting Increase Long-Term Surviva l in Diabetic Patients? STS abstract. January 2005

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Balaram SK. Cell Adhesion Molecules and Insulin-like Growth Factor-I in Vascular Disease. 1999. (Dissertation).

Balaram SK , Agrawal DK, Allen RT, Kuszynski CA, and Edwards JD. "Insulin-like Growth Factor-I and Vascular Disease." Journal of Vascular Surgery 1997. 25:866-867.

Balaram SK , Agrawal DK, and Edwards JD."IGF-1 activates NF k B and increases transcription of ICAM-1 gene in endothelial cells." Cardiovascular Surgery 1999. 7:91-96.

Balaram SK , Murray BT, and Richards, AT. "Adherent thrombus from bleeding ulcer results in obstructing duodenal pseudotumor." Journal of Am Coll Surg July 2001 193 (1): 104.

DeRose JJ, Toumpoulis IK, Balaram SK , Iaonnidis JP, Anagnastopoulos CE, Ashton RC, Swistel DG. Preoperative Predictors of Long-Term Survival Following Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Patients with Low Left Ventricular Ejection Fractions (<25%). J Thoracic and Cardiovasc Surgery.

Balaram SK , DeRose JJ, Sherrid MV, Winson G, Swistel DG. Beyond Extended Myectomy for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: The RPR (Resection-Plication-Release) Repair. Ann Thor Surg , Publication pending.



   

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