Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan, MD

Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 40
Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan, MD is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in Rochester, MN and has been practicing for 4 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University / School Of Medicine in 2005 and specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), sleep medicine otolaryngology, and more.Read his story

200 1st St SW

Rochester, MN 55905

Contact Information

(507) 284-2511

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Earwax Buildup
more than 61% of peers
Ear Disorders
more than 41% of peers
Head and Neck Surgery
more than 13% of peers

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Dr. Balakrishnan's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Balakrishnan "Specific training, surgical, and research expertise in pediatric airway and aerodigestive diagnosis and reconstruction including complex diagnoses such as laryngotracheal stenosis, laryngeal cleft, laryngeal web, and complete tracheal rings/congenital tracheal stenosis. Expertise includes nasal obstruction such as pediatric and congenital nasal masses and choanal atresia. Specific training, surgical, and research expertise in head and neck vascular anomalies including lymphatic malformations, hemangioma, and others. FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics) certification indicates a specific commitment to improving children's health and the quality of the healthcare children receive. FACS (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) certification indicates a commitment to integrity and quality of care of surgical patients."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Balakrishnan "Work closely with patients and families and the Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary aerodigestive and vascular anomalies teams to help children achieve the best possible airway and aerodigestive outcomes with the most pleasant and efficient patient and family experience possible. I feel strongly about collaborating with patients and families to make sure patients achieve the best possible outcomes, and I treat children the way I would want my own children to be treated."

7  Specialties

  • Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Laryngology
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Rhinology
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Medicine Otolaryngology

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

54  Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Airway Obstruction
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aspiration (Breathing in Foreign Object)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • CHARGE Syndrome
  • Chemical Burn - Airways
  • Choanal Atresia - Deafness - Heart Defect - Dysmorphism
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Cleft Palate - Bilateral Choanal Atresia - Curly Hair - Congenital Hypothyroidism
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Congenital Tracheal Stenosis
  • Cystic Hygroma
  • Deafness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hemangioma
  • Idiopathic Subglottic Tracheal Stenosis
  • Labored Breathing
  • Laryngeal Cleft
  • Laryngeal Papillomatosis
  • Laryngeal Web
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Lymphangioma
  • Neonatal Airway Difficulties
  • Newborn Breathing Diseases
  • Nosebleed
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Pediatric Airway Difficulties
  • Pediatric Head and Neck Disorders
  • Pediatric Head and Neck Masses
  • Pediatric Neck Neoplasms
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tracheal Agenesis Syndrome
  • Tracheal Aspiration
  • Tracheal Stenosis Syndrome
  • Tracheal Strictures
  • Tracheitis
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Fold Scarring
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19  Procedures

  • Airway Reconstruction Surgery
  • Airway Stenting
  • Airway Surgery
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Neck Mass
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Larynx Repair
  • Nasal Airway Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Treatment of Airway Obstruction
  • Vocal Cord Surgery

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1999
  • Johns Hopkins University / School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • University Of Washington
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • University Of Washington
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2012
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014
  • University Of Washington-Master Of Public Health
    Other Education | Completed 2008

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Balakrishnan has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Balakrishnan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Balakrishnan to family and friends
28 total reviews (25 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (28)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Balakrishnan's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes
Dr. Balakrishnan Says:

We appreciate patients' feedback and continuously strive to use it to improve our care processes and outcomes.


Patient Comments (25)

Dr. Balakrishnan has provided excellent care to my daughter. She is so much healthier since her sinus surgery. We live out of town and it is always easy to get in touch with him if issues arise. He is very easy to schedule with and even got us in 3 hours early for her appointment last week so we...more
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We went to Dr. Balakrishnan for a second opinion regarding an odd occurrence related to our daughter's nasopharyngeal reflux and ear tubes. He applied a creative solution, which he described in excellent detail to us prior to the surgery, to address the issue. We were very impressed with the...more
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Dr. Balakrishnan is an amazing surgeon and a wonderful human being. My daughter was born with laryngomalacia. The doctors in my area were unable to treat it so we were flown to Mayo and she had surgery with Dr. Balakrishnan. I work in the medical field and even in my area I had heard how wonderful...more
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Very pleased with the care our daughter received from Dr Balakrishnan, would highly recommend. Very thorough in going over our options for treatment/care. The day of surgery he made sure we knew exactly what was going on and what he estimated. After surgery, he took the time to come and sit with...more
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Dr. Balakrishnan is our favorite doctor we're ever had for our son. Dr. B has been involved in his care since he was one week old. In a very scary situation we felt comfortable with the recommendations given to us by Dr. B. He has always given us options on what to do with our son's healthcare...more
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