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Ramani Balu, MD, PhD

Ramani Balu, MD, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Languages spoken:

  • Tamil

Dr. Balu is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Therapeutic Hypothermia

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: New York University - Bellevue Hospital
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Memberships

American Academy of Neurology, National Neurocritical Care Society, International Society of Critical Care Medicine, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Balu is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Cellular Neurophysiology
Systems Neuroscience
Cerebrovascular Physiology
Optical Imaging
Fluorescence Microscopy
Electrophysiology
Patch Clamp Methods
Neuroimmunology
Inflammation
Cerebral Autoregulation
Biology of the Neurovascular Unit
Synaptic Plasticity

Selected Publications:

Balu R, Abella B: Post cardiac arrest care: five of the most common issues Neurocritical Care Society Podcast : 2019.

Balu R, Teran F: The importance of neurologic monitoring post-arrest Penn TTM Academy Podcast : 2019.

Balu R, Moseby-Knappe M: Neurofilament light for neuroprognostication after cardiac arrest Neurocritical Care Society Podcast : 2019.

Kofke WA, Rajagopalan S, Ayubcha D, Balu R, Cruz-Navarro J, Manatpon P, Mahanna-Gabrielli E: Defining a taxonomy of intracranial hypertension: is ICP more than just a number? Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology : 2019.

Milej D, He L, Abdalmalak A, Baker WB, Anazodo UC, Diop M, Dolui S, Kavuri VC, Pavlosky W, Wang L, Balu R, Detre JA, Amendolia O, Quattrone F, Kofke WA, Yodh AG, St Lawrence K: Quantification of cerebral blood flow in adults by contrast-enhanced near infrared spectroscopy: validation against MRI Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism : 2019.

Zhou X, Rasheed I-Y, Abella B, Kofke WA, Balu R: Differential impact of fever and hypothermia on cerebrovascular pressure reactivity Neurocritical Care Society : 2019.

Helbok R, Hartings JA, Schiefecker A, Balança B, Jewel S, Foreman B, Ercole A, Balu R, Ayata C, Ngwenya L, Rosenthal E, Boutelle MG, Farkas E, Dreier JP, Fabricius M, Shuttleworth CW, Carlson A: What should a clinician do when spreading depolarizations are observed in a patient? Neurocritical Care : 2019.

Huyhn M, Rasheed I-Y, Abella B, Kofke WA, Balu R: Cerebral glucopenia is associated with cerebral physiological distress after hypoxic-ischemic brain injury Neurocritical Care Society : 2019.

Zhou X, Rasheed I-Y, Abella B, Kofke WA, Balu R: Differential impact of fever and hypothermia on cerebrovascular pressure reactivity Neurocritical Care Society : 2019.

Rasheed I-Y, Abella B, Kofke WA, Balu R: Identifying the optimal cerebral perfusion pressure following hypoxic-ischemic brain injury American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium : 2019.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Neurology
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, Pa 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)