Sandhya K. Balaram, M.D., Ph.D.
Cardiac Surgery
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Sandhya K. Balaram, M.D., Ph.D.

Cardiac Surgery

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Gender: Female
Language: English


Personal Statement

After 20 years of patient care in New York City, I am delighted and honored to join the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. As chief of the program at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, I am grateful for the opportunity to offer comprehensive cardiovascular services and provide excellence in outcomes and patient experience within the borough of Brooklyn. I look forward to fostering growth and building strong community relationships as a part of the WCM team. 

I use my experience and expertise to provide individualized, patient-centered care with compassion. Heart surgery can be a challenging time for patients and their families. Our experienced team is dedicated in helping patients to navigate their journey through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, with the goal of returning to an improved quality of life. 

Specialties and Expertise


  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Mitral Valve Replacement Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Repair, Tricuspid Valve
  • Pulmonary Embolectomy
  • Structural Heart Disease
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Atrial Fibrillation, Surgical Treatment
  • Cardiac Tumor
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Endocarditis


After graduating from an accelerated combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri in 1993, Dr. Balaram completed her general surgery training at Creighton University.  There she received a PhD in 1999 for her research in the biology of atherosclerosis. Her cardiothoracic residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison was completed in 2003 and she moved to New York for additional training in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery. She previously served as both Division Chief and Director of Quality for Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Morningside, where she was as Associate Professor of Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Balaram is a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery and Society of Thoracic Surgery.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

American Medical Women’s Association Award

Jobst Award Vascular Research

Herbert Davis Scholarship Award


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery (Interim) - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Creighton University School of Medicine, 1999
  • B.A., University of Missouri, 1993
  • M.D., University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, 1993


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External Relationships

External Relationships

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