Clinical Focus

  • Pediatrics, General
  • Neonatal quality improvement work
  • Neonatal resuscitation
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Academic Appointments

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Coordinator, Transport Follow Up, El Camino Hospital NICU (2016 - Present)
  • Leader, Family Centered Care Committee, El Camino Hospital (2016 - Present)
  • Member, NICU Partnership, El Camino Hospital (2016 - Present)
  • Member, PQIP Panel CPQCC (2016 - Present)
  • NICU Liasion, Department of Pediatrics, El Camino Hospital (2016 - Present)
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics (2004 - 2015)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (2016)
  • Board Certification, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics (2016)
  • Fellowship: University of California San Diego (2015) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2007)
  • Residency: St Joseph's Regional Medical Center (2007) NJ
  • Medical Education: Government Chengalpattu College (2002) India


All Publications

  • Predictors of poor neonatal outcomes in prenatally diagnosed multicystic dysplastic kidney disease. Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association Balasundaram, M., Chock, V. Y., Wu, H. Y., Blumenfeld, Y. J., Hintz, S. R. 2018


    OBJECTIVE: Multicystic dysplastic kidney (MCDK) is one of the most common anomalies detected by prenatal ultrasound. Our objective was to identify factors associated with severe adverse neonatal outcomes of prenatally diagnosed MCDK STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of prenatally diagnosed MCDK (1 January 2009 to 30 December 2014) from a single academic center was conducted. The primary outcome was death or need for dialysis among live-born infants. Associations between prenatal characteristics and outcome were analyzed by Fisher's exact test and Mann-Whitney test.RESULTS: A total of 53 cases of prenatally suspected MCDK were included, of which 46 cases were live-born and confirmed postnatally (38 survivors, 8 non-survivors). Prenatally diagnosed extrarenal anomalies, bilateral MCDK, contralateral renal anomalies, and anhydramnios were significantly associated with death or need for dialysis (all p<0.0001).CONCLUSIONS: Prenatally identified findings are associated with adverse neonatal outcome, and can guide counseling and management planning. In the absence of significant associated findings, prenatally diagnosed unilateral MCDK has a benign neonatal course.

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