Dr. Mala Balakumar, MD

Dr. Mala Balakumar, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 54
Dr. Mala Balakumar, MD is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Garden City, NY and has been practicing for 20 years. She graduated from University Of Mn Med Sch in 1990 and specializes in colon & rectal surgery.

1100 Franklin Ave Ste 203

Garden City, NY 11530

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Connecticare
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
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Top Care Areas

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Anal or Rectal Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Anal Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Anal Fissure
very high
more than 96% of peers

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1  Specialties

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

24  Conditions Treated

25  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Proctosigmoidopexy With Robotic Assistance
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Mn Med Sch
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Ny University Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Ny Hospital Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Meml Sloan Kettering Can Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • University Il College Med/Carle Assn
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Balakumar has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Balakumar's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Balakumar to family and friends
15 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (15)

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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Balakumar's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

Excellent Dr. wow she made an embarrassing issue, normal and ok. She listens very intently, asks many questions. Staff is amazing and professional. All my nervousness faded away when I spoke with Dr.B. I wish all Dr's were like her.
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I had a more than pleasant experience and visit . The initial consultation was very informative, friendly and answered all of my questions and addressed my concerns and then gave me a complete written booklet about FAQs
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First of all, the elderly lady at the front desk is very very rude. I was once 15 minutes late for an appointment, and she didn't let me see the doctor, even after I explained and requested that I was stuck in trafficand I had to hire a baby sitter to come. Whereas, other times I had to wait...more
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I would never go back. The staff at the front desk was rude and the medical assistant was also rude. Dr. Balakumar left the room twice for phone calls during my visit and she just wasn't very pleasant or helpful. She also told me it's ok to have a bowl movement every few days.. on what planet? I...more
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When a patient said they became ill from colonoscopy prep, other options should be offered. The facility used for colonoscopy procedure is a factory where patients are on an assembly line. She has a poor bedside manner and needs to listen and respond more compassionately to patients. Policy of...more
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