Skip to Content

'
Diwakar D. Balachandran, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street
Unit Number: 1462
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT12.6004
Phone: 713-563-4259
Fax: 713-794-4922

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1995 Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, MD, Medicine
1991 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BA, Economics

Postgraduate Training

7/2001-6/2002 Clinical Fellowship, Sleep Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, Robert Thomas, MD
7/1998-6/2001 Clinical Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, Chicago, IL, Steve White, MD
7/1996-6/1998 Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center West Campus, Boston, MA, George Eliopoulis, MD
7/1995-6/1996 Clinical Internship, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center West Campus, Boston, MA, George Eliopoulis, MD

Board Certifications

2008 Certification, Sleep Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
1/2003 Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
1/2003 Diplomate, Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
1/2001 Diplomate, Pulmonary Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 12/2002-12/2005
Instructor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 7/2001-12/2002

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Medical Director, Sleep Center, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2006-present
Medical Director, Internal Medicine Center - Mays Clinic, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2006-2012

Honors and Awards

2004-present Fellow, The American College of Chest Physicians
2003-present Fellow, American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Ost DE, Jimenez CA, Lei X, Cantor SB, Grosu HB, Lazarus DR, Faiz SA, Bashoura L, Shannon VR, Balachandran D, Noor L, Hashmi YB, Casal RF, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Quality-adjusted Survival Following Treatment of Malignant Pleural Effusions with Indwelling Pleural Catheters. Chest 145(6):1347-56, 6/2014. PMID: 24480929.
2. Balachandran D, Faiz, SA, Bashoura L, Manzullo E. Cancer-Related Fatigue and Sleep Disorders. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 6/2013. e-Pub 6/2013.
3. Perrier ND, Balachandran D, Wefel JS, Jimenez C, Busaidy N, Morris GS, Dong W, Jackson E, Weaver S, Gantela S, Evans DB, Grubbs EG, Lee JE. Prospective, randomized, controlled trial of parathyroidectomy versus observation in patients with "asymptomatic" primary hyperparathyroidism. Surgery 146(6):1116-22, 12/2009. e-Pub 10/2009. PMID: 19879613.
4. Cannon JL, Collins A, Mody PD, Balachandran D, Henriksen KJ, Smith CE, Tong J, Clay BS, Miller SD, Sperling AI. CD43 Regulates Th2 Differentiation and Inflamation. J Immunol 180(11):7385-93, 6/2008. PMCID: PMC2669414.

Abstracts

1. Manzullo E, Balachandran D, Holmes H, Bashoura L, Faiz S, Escalante C, Kallen M. Age effects on sleep architecture in patients with cancer-related fatigue (CRF). Supportive Care in Cancer, 2012.
2. Balachandran D, Manzullo E, Holmes H, Bashoura L, Faiz S, Escalante C, Kallen M. Sleep Architecture in Patients with Cancer Related Fatigue (CRF). Supportive Care in Cancer, 2012.
3. Faiz S, Balachandan D, Tallajavhula S. Sleep Disorders in Patients with Hematological Malignancies,. Chest, 2012.
4. Holmes H, Manzullo E, Balachandran D, Escalante C, Kallen M. The paradox of symptom burden in older patients with cancer-related fatigue (CRF). Supportive Care in Cancer, 2012.
5. S. Faiz, D. Balachandran, B. Aaron-Remmert, V. Murphy, N. Pachecho, S. Mahoney, L. Keus, P. Patel, L. Bashoura. Sleep Disorders in Prostate Cancer. Chest, 10/2011.
6. Faiz S, Balachandran D., Bashoura L. Sleep Disorders in Lung Cancer Patients. Sleep, 2010.
7. Lara Bashoura MD, Diwakar Balachandran MD, Brenda K Aaron-Remmert BS, RPSGT4. Saadia A Faiz MD. Sleep Disorders in Patients with Breast Cancer Based on Polysomnographic Data. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 12/2009.
8. Faiz S, Balachandran D, Aaron-Remmert B, Bashoura L. Significant Sleep Disordered Breathing in Patients With Head and Neck Cancers and Radiation. Chest, 2009.
9. Balachandran D, Bashoura L, Faiz S, Aaron-Remmert B, Kallen M, Valdres R, Lam T, Escalante C, Manzullo E. Sleep Disorders in Patients With Cancer-Related Fatigue. Chest, 2009.

Book Chapters

1. Shannon VR, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Travis EL, Bashoura L, Safdar A, Adachi R, Pravinkumar SE, Dickey BF, Balachandran D. Respiratory Complications, Pulmonary Hypertension. In: Cancer Medicine. BC Decker, 2009.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Weiss S, Bassetti C, MacFarlane J, Scammell T, Matheson J, Rosenberg R, Lammers G, Lim A, Overeem S, Murray B, Gert van Dijk J, Singh R, Mahakian C, Doghramji K, Mignot E, Balachandran D, Baumann C, Niroumand M. Case Book of Sleep Medicine. American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Westchester, IL, 2008.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Computer-based symptom intervention for underserved patients with cancer
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Karen Anderson
Duration: 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2017
 
Title: Pilot Study on the Effect of Parathyroidectomy on Sleep
Funding Source: IRG Clinical Grant The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Nancy Perrier
Duration: 2007 - 2009
 
Title: The Effect of Parathyroidectomy on Sleep, Cognition, and Function in the Elderly
Funding Source: 2005 Dennis Jahnigen Career Development Award
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Nancy Perrier
Duration: 7/1/2005 - 6/30/2007

Last updated: 7/24/2014