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Palanikumar Balasundaram, MD, MRCPCH, FAAP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Pronouns: he/him/his

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8201 E Riverside Blvd. Rockford, IL 61114

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Additional Title(s)/Position(s):

Neonatologist physician, Mercyhealth, Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside

Work history / Positions:

Specialist pediatrician, Mediclinic Al Noor Hospital Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 2015-May 2018
Specialist pediatrician, Khorfakkan MOH Hospital, July 2012-January 2015
Assistant professor, SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, November 2009-July 2012

Niche: BPD, IVH, Nutrition

Research Interests: Neurodevelopmental outcome of hypoglycemic neonates, Neonatal IVH

Selected Publications

Avulakunta, I., Balasundaram, P., Rechnitzer, A., Morgan-Joseph, T., & Nafday, S. (2023). A Improving Birth-dose Hepatitis-B Vaccination in a Tertiary Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Pediatric quality & safety8(5), e693.

Balasundaram, P., & Campbell, D. (2023). Monitoring Neonatal Bilirubin after Discharge. Pediatrics in review44(2), 110–113.

Lucena, M. H., Balasundaram, P., Carney, M., Green, E., Breilyn, M. S., & Fuloria, M. (2023). Leukocytosis and Splenomegaly in a Neonate With NRAS Mutation. Clinical pediatrics, 99228231176341. Advance online publication.

Balasundaram, P., Lucena, M. H., & Nafday, S. (2023). A Neonate with a Rare Presentation of Persistent Hypoglycemia and Prolonged Jaundice. NeoReviews24(1), 39–42.

Balasundaram, P., & Nafday, S. (2021). 50 Years Ago in The Journal of Pediatrics: Management of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia-Has Much Changed?. The Journal of pediatrics239, 88.

Balasundaram, P., Louis, S., & Thompson-Branch, A. (2022). Preterm neonate delivered to COVID-19 positive mother on ECMO support. Journal of neonatal-perinatal medicine15(2), 379–382.

Balasundaram, P., Fijas, M., & Nafday, S. (2021). A Rare Case of Lethal Neonatal Rigidity and Multi-Focal Seizure Syndrome. Cureus13(2), e13600.

Balasundaram, P., Avulakunta, I. D., Delfiner, L., Levy, P., & Forman, K. R. (2023). Novel TTN Mutation Causing Severe Congenital Myopathy and Uncertain Association with Infantile Hydrocephalus. Case reports in genetics2023, 5535083.

Balasundaram, P., Al-Mulaabed, S. W., & Roger, K. (2023). Unraveling Leukocyte Profile Shifts and Platelet Dynamics Following Leukoreduced Packed Red Cell Transfusions in Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Neonates. Cureus15(9), e44900.

Sakr, M., & Balasundaram, P. (2021). Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia. PubMed; StatPearls Publishing.

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Professional Leadership

Physician representative, SBU Education Committee

Pediatric Chief resident, Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center

Notable Honors

2023, Trainee Travel Award, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research


Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Stanley Medical College, India, 1999-2005
Medical degree: MD Pediatrics, Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, India, 2006-2009
Residency: Residency in Pediatrics, Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, New York, 2018-2020
Fellowship: Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, New York, 2020-2023

Licensures and Certifications

Illinois Physician license

Wisconsin Physician license

Member of Royal College of Pediatrics, and Child Health (MRCPCH)

Diplomate, General Pediatrics, The American Board of Pediatrics

Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Fourth Edition

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor, AAP

Professional Memberships

Member of Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (UK)

Sigma Xi full membership

Member of the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research (APCR)

American Academy of Pediatrics - Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Diplomate of American Board of Pediatrics

Selected Presentations

Quality improvement project to increase skin-to-skin care duration in less than 35 weeks gestational age preterm neonates during the first four weeks of life,” Eastern Society for Pediatric Research 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting.

“Triglyceride levels in preterm neonates receiving mixed lipid emulsions,” Eastern Society for Pediatric Research 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting

“A rare case of neonate with Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation,” East Coast Pediatric Conference 2014, UAE

“Study of Non-invasive blood pressure in Term infant,” platform presentation, Annual National Neonatology Forum (NNF) conference 2008, Gujarat, India.

Intellectual Property

Prospective study: Neurodevelopmental outcome of normoglycemic versus hypoglycemic neonates at risk for hypoglycemia.