Karthik Balakrishnan, M.D., M.P.H.

  1. Otolaryngologist
  1. Difficulty swallowing
  2. Head and neck cancer
  3. Laryngeal cleft
  4. Sinusitis
  5. Sleep apnea
  6. Subglottic stenosis
  7. Tracheal stenosis
  8. Vascular malformation
  9. Vocal cord paralysis
  1. Airway reconstruction
  2. Laryngeal reinnervation surgery
  3. Laryngotracheal reconstruction
  4. Tracheostomy
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Pediatric laryngeal, glottic, subglottic, and tracheal stenosis (congenital and acquired) and complete tracheal rings
  • Endoscopic, minimally invasive, and laser airway surgery
  • Open pediatric airway reconstruction including slide tracheoplasty
  • Fetal airway management and EXIT procedures
  • Pediatric voice, swallowing, and aerodigestive disorders
  • Choanal atresia
  • Pediatric sinusitis
  • Head and neck vascular anomalies including lymphatic malformations and hemangiomas
  • Pediatric head and neck cancers
  1. 2014
    Graduate Fellowship - Pediatric OtolaryngologyCincinnati Children's Hospital
  2. 2012
    Resident - OtolaryngologyUniversity of Washington
  3. 2008
    MPH - Health ServicesUniversity of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  4. 2005
    MDJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  5. 1999
    ABHarvard University

Awards and honors

  1. 2019
    2019 Minnesota Top DoctorsMinnesota Monthly's Top Doctors
  2. 2019
    Outstanding Poster Award: People's ChoiceEarly Hearing Detection and Intervention Meeting
  3. 2019
    Honorable mention for dictation qualityGood Author Project - Dictation Quality Recognition Group
  4. 2018
    Committee Excellence AwardAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  5. 2018
    Scientific abstract selected for "Best of oral presentations" sessionAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  6. 2018
    Merit AwardNational Health Information Awards
  7. 2018
    Selected for 2018 Top Doctors listMinnesota Monthly's Top Doctors
  8. 2017
    2017-2018 MN Monthly top doctorsMinnesota Monthly's Top Doctors
  9. 2017
    Silver AwardHealth Information Resource Center - National Health Information Awards
  10. 2017
    Mayo Quality Fellows Silver CertificationMayo Clinic Quality Academy
  11. 2016
    Gold AwardHealth Information Resource Center - National Health Information Awards
  12. 2016
    2016 Film/Video Bronze Award37th Annual Telly Awards
  13. 2016
    Star Reviewer, 2016, 2017, 2018Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery journal
  14. 2016
    Magna Cum Laude Award, ASNR 2016 Electronic Educational ExhibitsAmerican Society of Neuroradiology
  15. 2014
    Travel scholarship, 2014 BMJ/IHI International Forum on Quality and Safety in HealthcareBritish Medical Journal / Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  16. 2013
    Charles Ferguson Clinical Research PrizeAmerican Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  17. 2013
    Travel scholarship, 2013 BMJ/IHI International Forum on Quality and Safety in HealthcareBritish Medical Journal / Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  18. 2006
    K30/Clinical and Translational Sciences Award program fellowshipNIH / University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences
  19. 2005
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor SocietyAlpha Omega Alpha
  20. 2005
    W. Barry Wood Research PrizeJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  21. 2001
    Franklin P. Mall Anatomy AwardJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  22. 1999
    Summa cum laude, AnthropologyHarvard College
  23. 1999
    Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  24. 1996
    John Harvard ScholarshipHarvard College

Professional memberships

  1. 2019 - present
    Surgical MemberMayo Clinic Children's Center, Serious Safety Events Workgroup
  2. 2019 - present
    MemberMidwest Surgical Quality Subcommittee
  3. 2018 - present
    Surgical MemberNeonatal Intensive Care Unit Quality and Safety Committee, Division Committees, Department of Nursing
  4. 2018 - present
    Executive Committee Co-ChairAerodigestive Research Collaborative
  5. 2018 - present
    Surgical MemberMayo Clinic Children's Center Quality & Safety Executive Committee
  6. 2018 - present
    Founding MemberDysphagia Outcomes after Congenital Cardiac Surgery working group
  7. 2018 - present
    Candidate FellowTriological Society
  8. 2018 - present
    MemberPediatric Head and Neck Surgical Society
  9. 2018 - present
    MemberAmerican Broncho-Esophagological Association
  10. 2018 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Education Committee
  11. 2018 - present
    Section LeaderChildren's Center Safety Event Committee, Surgical/Procedural Care Section
  12. 2017 - present
    MemberGeneral Medicine/Surgery Formulary Task Force, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  13. 2017 - present
    DirectorAmerican College of Surgeons Children's Surgery Verification project
  14. 2017 - 2019
    MemberPediatric Otolaryngology Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  15. 2017 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; Laryngology Research Committee
  16. 2017 - 2020
    MemberQuality and Safety Committee, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  17. 2017 - present
    MemberInternational Network of Pediatric Airway Teams
  18. 2017 - present
    MemberAmerican Society for Pediatric Otolaryngology
  19. 2017 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology
  20. 2017 - present
    MemberBeryl Institute
  21. 2016 - present
    MemberSociety of University Otolaryngologists - Head and Neck Surgeons
  22. 2016 - present
    MemberInternational Broncho-Esophagological Society
  23. 2016 - present
    Pediatric Surgical Interest Group, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  24. 2016 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
  25. 2016 - present
    Committee MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Otolaryngology, Quality Improvement Committee
  26. 2016 - present
    FellowAmerican College of Surgeons
  27. 2016 - present
    Lead/ChairAsk Mayo Expert - Otorhinolaryngology Knowledge Content Board
  28. 2016 - present
    MemberInternational Pediatric Otolaryngology Group
  29. 2016 - present
    MemberPediatric Pulmonology Recruitment Committee
  30. 2016 - present
    MemberInternational Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
  31. 2016 - present
    FellowAmerican Academy of Pediatrics
  32. 2016 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  33. 2016 - 2018
    Co-LeaderAnesthesia Procedure Coordination Group, Mayo Clinic Children's Center; Anesthesia Procedure Coordination Group
  34. 2016 - present
    MemberExecutive Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  35. 2016 - present
    ChairAsk Mayo Expert - Otorhinolaryngology Knowledge Content Board
  36. 2016 - present
    Subject Matter ExpertPlummer Project - Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  37. 2015 - 2018
    Committee MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee
  38. 2015 - present
    ChairQuality Improvement Committee
  39. 2015 - present
    Co-DirectorFetal airway/EXIT-to-airway team
  40. 2015 - present
    MemberPediatric SPI working group
  41. 2015 - present
    Co-DirectorAmerican Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Vascular Anomalies Task Force
  42. 2015 - present
    MemberSociety for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children
  43. 2014 - present
    MemberEducation and Program Evaluation Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  44. 2014 - 2015
    MemberQuality Assurance Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  45. 2014 - present
    MemberClinical Practice Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  46. 2014 - present
    MemberResearch and Academic Productivity Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  47. 2014 - present
    MemberPediatric ENT Patient Family Advisory Council, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  48. 2014 - present
    Center for Science of Healthcare Delivery
  49. 2013 - 2014
    MemberClinical Practice Committee, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  50. 2012 - 2014
    MemberFellowship Training Committee, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Pediatric Otolaryngology
  51. 2011 - 2012
    MemberGraduate Medical Education Committee, University of Washington
  52. 2011 - 2012
    Founding MemberUniversity of Washington, Housestaff Quality and Safety Council
  53. 2006 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Publications

Research activities

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