Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD

Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD

HematologyFemale

Hematology

Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD is a Hematology Specialist in Lady Lake, FL. Dr. Balaraman has extensive experience in Lymphatic System Disorders. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and Adventhealth Ocala. Her office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Locations

Practice

Lady Lake13940 US Hwy 441 North Ste 203 Lady Lake, FL 32159
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Ocala Oncology/Florida Cancer Affiliates3130 SW 32ND AVE Ocala, FL 34474
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Timber Ridge9401 SW Hwy 200 Ste 702 Ocala, FL 34481
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Florida Cancer Affiliates

Florida Cancer Affiliates433 SW 10th St Ocala, FL 34471
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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Balaraman is affiliated with HCA Florida Ocala Hospital Ocala, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top Hospital Patient Safety Excellence Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Balaraman's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Balaraman

4.6

Based on 131 ratings

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4 Star
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3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
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She Knows Her Stuff!
Dr. Balaraman has been treating me for colorectal cancer for the past 5 months and I have nothing but praise for her and her willingness to go the extra mile for me because of my special circumstances insofar as my treatment options. She is genuine, smart, and an A+ oncologist.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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JSmith1962 – Nov 26, 2022
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Very thorough and explains everything clearly.
She is straight forward about her diagnosis and what she can do for you. Very professional. Answered all my questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Thomas Tull – Nov 24, 2022
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We have only seen her one time and she was very thorough.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 13, 2022
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All day, every day. She has been great !
I moved here from Texas, July, 2021, so happy to find she was able to get my records
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nannette Pope – Jul 26, 2022
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The most knowledgeable and professional Dr I HAVE
She is totally on top of the latest findings and treatments, no nonsense Dr, makes sure you understand the the process and treatments, makes sure you understand you part of doing what you need to do, Her follow-up is the BEST I had Stage 4 and now am in my 5th year Cancer Free !!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Thomas A Gretton – Jul 14, 2022
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First visit
My first visit with Dr. Balaraman was a very positive one. She chatted with me before she came in the room to see me to ask for any questions I might have. She took her time with me and did not make me feel like I was rushed. The whole staff was very porfessional. Thank you Bonnie Teemley
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Bonnie Teemley – Jul 09, 2022
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Staff very friendly
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Thom – Jul 09, 2022
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My concern of finding new cancer
I moved to Florida in 2017. Found Dr. Balaraman in my search for an oncologist to do my Breast cancer follow ups. Mostly saw her Nurse Practitioner (whom I really liked). In April 2022, I found a concerning lump in my throat. Made appt. w/ Dr. Balaraman. The nurse practitioner sent me for an ultrasound, CAT scan and PET scan (which showed uptake on that spot as well as a similar spot on my right side). Got an appt. to see Dr. Balaraman 2 days after I had the PET scan to give me the results. She chose office video chat with us, asking if anything was new since my last appt. I told her about the new nodule I had found. She came into my room, totally ignored questions asked by my partner and did a short exam of the nodule. She said she'd send me for a PET scan. I informed her I was there for her to give me the results. She stormed out and found the report, went over it quickly and barked instructions for biopsies and ENT visits. I was appalled. Mvd my care to Moffitt Cancer Center.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Jun 11, 2022
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Dr Balaraman is the best. I feel lucky to have her as my doctor. Moffitt has a short list of recommendations & she’s on the list.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Leslie B Reed – Apr 12, 2022
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Dr Balaraman has treated me for well over 5 years. She is smart, kind and purposeful. I love her.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Ann Grant – Mar 26, 2022
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Dr. Balaraman and her team have been treating me for over two years. She is a very smart and caring physician. I am very satisfied with the care I receive and my prospects for a health future.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Peter Mariades – Feb 17, 2022
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Excellent doctor and office. Was extremely professional and comfortable from the moment I walked in the door. The office staff was polite and helpful, taking time to call testing facilities to schedule follow up tests. Medical staff created a very comfortable atmosphere and explained how the first visit and future visits would be conducted. The Nurse Practitioner Tally was very helpful and explained all the test being done and what each test is for. Dr Balaraman was extremely comfortable and knowledgeable. She explained everything in detail and made common sense of the scientific information. She made it feel like you were talking to a friend and conveyed a genuine caring feeling. She explained how a cancer diagnosis is not the end of your life and how to move forward with testing, treatment, and your health. I would highly recommend her to anyone concerned about any cancer related issues. The entire staff was caring and professional.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Michelle – Jan 15, 2022
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Dr. Balaraman is a caring doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Dec 17, 2021
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Dr. Balaraman is an outstanding oncologist! I recommend her to everyone. She is straightforward and very caring. She has done an outstanding job taking care of me by teaching me about advances in breast cancer treatment that I was unaware of and that benefited me greatly. There aren't enough words to say how grateful I am that Dr. Balaraman is my doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Everyone was very nice and understanding to me
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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judith L dunn – Oct 07, 2021
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It was a calming experience. I’m thankful I was able to see her. I would recommend her highly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Lynn Burch – Sep 23, 2021
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Everyone in this practice is attentive, caring and always professional…. And thorough. I fell very well cared for!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dawn Cullen – Sep 06, 2021
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Yes, Dr Rama was my medical oncologist for breast cancer in 2012. When I was diagonsed again 4/2021, I knew I wanted her again for my medical oncologist. She is very knowledgeable and I trust her.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Melissa Vealey – Sep 02, 2021
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Always treated with respect and kindness. She is so wonderful about making sure you are fully informed.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Carman Bradley Smith – Sep 02, 2021
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I was very disappointed with my visit with Dr. Balaraman. I was a new patient and a little nervous to find out my lab results. I understand having to wait for doctors due to emergencies or other delays but I waited 1 1/2 hours. She saw me for maybe 10 minutes, didn't explain anything about my condition, told me my numbers from the blood test were normal, which they weren't, and commented on my poor eating habits. She had just met me and didn't know what I ate. On top of everything else, she berated the new medical assistant in front of me. I left feeling confused, upset and not knowing what the plan for treatment would be. The front office staff were not friendly. I will not be returning to see Dr. Balaraman and will not recommend her.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Aug 10, 2021
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No malpractice claims found for Florida
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Balaraman

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Balaraman treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Balaraman treats other conditions, please contact the office at (352) 259-8940.

Lymphatic System Disorders

Lymphatic disorders specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the lymphatic system, including lymphedema, lymphadenitis, and lymphangitis.Compare with other Lymphatic System Disorders specialists.

Dr. Balaraman is experienced in the area of Lymphatic System Disorders. See the graph below to learn more about her experience.

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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
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Dr. Balaraman's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Anemia and Iron Deficiency Screening
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Burkitt's Lymphoma
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • ENT Cancer
  • Erythropoietin Test
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hemophilia
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukocytosis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Lymphoma, Large Cell, Anaplastic
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neutropenia
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Purpura
  • Qualitative Platelet Defects (incl. Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thalassemia
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • von Willebrand Disease

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(352) 496-9751

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About Me

Care Philosophy

Florida Cancer Affiliates provides state-of-the-art cancer care. We do so in a caring, patient-focused, cost-effective, and community based setting. Care...Read more

Biography

Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD is a hematology doctor who practices in Ocala, FL. She is 48 years old. Dr. Balaraman is affiliated with Ocala Regional Medical...Read more

Specialties

  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

Board Certifications

  • Hematology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology

Education

University of Missouri - St. Louis MO
Fellowship Hospital
St. Mary's Health Center - St. Louis MO
Residency Hospital
All-India Institute Of Medical Sciences, All-India Institute Of Medical Sciences
Medical School
Thanjavar Medical College - Thanjavar India
Medical School
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Languages

  • English

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD?

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Does Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Balaraman has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Balaraman frequently treats Lymphatic System Disorders. See all practice areas where Dr. Balaraman specializes.

Where is Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD's office located?

Dr. Balaraman's office is located at 13940 US Hwy 441 North Ste 203, Lady Lake, FL 32159. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Rama Balaraman, MD speak?

Dr. Balaraman speaks English and English. View profile to see all.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Balaraman is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital

Ocala, FL

69% Patients that would definitely recommend, 1% lower than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

Adventhealth Ocala

Ocala, FL

62% Patients that would definitely recommend, 8% lower than the national average

5 Awards Received

HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, A part of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital

Ocala, FL

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)