Dr. VanItha Bala, MD

Gastroenterology •  Female • Age 50
  
Dr. Bala
Telehealth services available

TPMG Williamsburg Urology

1300 W Broad St Richmond, VA 23284

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Dr. VanItha Bala, MD is a Gastroenterology Specialist in Richmond, VA. Dr. Bala has more experience with Esophageal Disorders and Gastrointestinal Disorders than other specialists in her area. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System - Southwest. She has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Bala to book an appointment.


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Dr. Bala accepts the following insurance:

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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Virginia
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Practice Areas

Esophageal Disorders

Esophageal disorder specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the esophagus, such as reflux esophagitis, indigestion, and esophageal ulcers through procedures including medication, surgery, and swallowing therapy.Compare with other Esophageal Disorders specialists.

Typically treats 71% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 8 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Esophageal Diseases
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bala treats Esophageal Diseases more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Bala treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

Esophagitis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bala treats Esophagitis more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Bala treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

Dysphagia
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bala treats Dysphagia more than 87% of their peers

Dr. Bala treats this condition more than 87% of their peers

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Gastrointestinal disorders specialists diagnose and treat conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract, including Crohn's disease, ulcers, hernias, and food poisoning.Compare with other Gastrointestinal Disorders specialists.

Typically treats 62% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 27 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Ulcer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bala treats Ulcer more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Bala treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Abdominal Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bala treats Abdominal Disorders more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Bala treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Gas-Bloat Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bala treats Gas-Bloat Syndrome more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Bala treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

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Dr. Bala's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Megacolon
  • Mesenteric Lymphadenitis
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pouchitis
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomal Ulcer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

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On the day of my appointment, Dr. Vanitha Bala's assistant called me to see if I could come in early. So I did. Dr. Vanitha Bala spent about 3 minutes with me. The majority of that time telling me how "morbidly obese" I am and trying to convince me to get a gastric sleeve surgery, which was NOT why I was there. She also told me that I had a fatty liver and most likely had cirrhosis of the liver (due to my "morbid obesity"). She made this determination without doing any tests. All this, in under 3 minutes. Apparently, it was up to me to find a cardiologist and to call about a CAT scan. When I was paying my $155 bill, I asked the lady at the front desk if someone could explain what Dr. Vanitha Bala obviously didn't have time to explain. She went to ask Dr. Vanitha Bala, but the doctor had already left the building. That explained why her assistant called to have me come in early and why the doctor's visit was so rushed, Dr. Vanitha Bala had better places to be.
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All she seems to know about is IBS. I do not have IBS. If you do than she’s the Dr. for you. If not, go some place else.
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Biography

Dr. VanItha Bala, MD is a Gastroenterology Specialist in Richmond, VA. Dr. Bala has more experience with Esophageal Disorders and Gastrointestinal Disorders than other specialists in her area. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System - Southwest. She has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Bala to book an appointment.

Specialties

  • Gastroenterology

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  • Does Dr. Bala offer an online patient portal?

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  • Does Dr. Bala have free onsite parking?

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  • Does Dr. Bala offer weekend visits?

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  • Does Dr. Bala offer evening visits?

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Locations

TPMG Williamsburg Urology

VCU Health Ambulatory Care Center1300 W Broad St Richmond, VA 23284
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Memorial Hermann Healthcare System - Southwest

Houston, TX

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)
  • General Surgery Excellence Award™ (2018)