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Bala Bhagavath, M.B.B.S.

Bala Bhagavath, M.B.B.S.


About Me

Dr. Bhagavath combines his clinical expertise, kindness and compassion with state-of-the-art technologies to meet his patients’ individual needs. After earning his medical degree from the University of Madras, Dr. Bhagavath completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College o...
Dr. Bhagavath combines his clinical expertise, kindness and compassion with state-of-the-art technologies to meet his patients’ individual needs. After earning his medical degree from the University of Madras, Dr. Bhagavath completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. In addition, he completed a reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Bhagavath’s extensive experience includes infertility treatments of all types, including ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization. He is a nationally recognized surgeon with special interest in minimally invasive surgery including robot assisted surgery and offers this service for tubal anastomosis,, fibroids, endometriosis and developmental anomalies of the genital tract. He is the Director of the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery program and is co-director of the UR Medicine Fibroid Center and Director of Third Party Reproduction.

Dr. Bhagavath’s honors and awards include Excellence-in-Teaching, Resident Medical Education and CREOG National Faculty Award.

Dr. Bhagavath’s research interests include uterine fibroids, reproductive surgery and medical teaching using simulation.

He is actively involved in the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics, and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.

Faculty Appointments

Adjunct Professor - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SMD)


Post-doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2004 - 2007

Residency: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2001 - 2004

Advanced Training: National University Hospital, Singapore Department of OB/GYN 1998 - 2001

Internship: Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Department of Internal Medicine 1996 - 1997

Residency: Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK Birmingham Maternity Hospital, Birmingham, UK Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK Falkirk Royal Infirmary, Falkirk, UK
Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1992 - 1996

Internship: George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, United Kingdom Department of Anesthesia 1991 - 1992


Medical Degree | University of Madras, 1990. 0


Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology Certificate of Excellence. 2013 - 2016

Solvay Educational Scholar. 2010 - 2011

Solvay Surgical Scholar. 2009

Top Full Time Faculty Teacher of the Year Resident Medical Education. 2008

Full-Time Faculty Excellence-in-Teaching Award Medical Education. 2008 - 2011

Full Time Faculty Award Given in appreciation to select faculty by graduating chief residents. 2008 - 2010

CREOG Excellence-in-Teaching Award. 2008

CREOG Award for excellent performance in the CREOG exams. 2004

Professor O. Eduardo Talledo, MD Award for excellent chief resident performance in OB/GYN. 2004

Resident Research Award for outstanding research in women's health. 2003

Best Teaching Resident nominated by fellow residents at Medical College of Georgia. 2002

Professor Donald M. Sherline, MD Award. 2002

Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 1996


Journal Articles

Virginity-sparing management of blind hemivagina in obstructed hemivagina and ipsilateral renal anomaly syndrome.

Ludwin A, Ludwin I, Bhagavath B, Martins WP, Lindheim SR

Fertility and sterility.. 2018 October 110 (5):976-978. Epub 1900 01 01.

Pre-, intra-, and postoperative management of Robert's uterus.

Ludwin A, Ludwin I, Bhagavath B, Lindheim SR

Fertility and sterility.. 2018 September 110 (4):778-779. Epub 1900 01 01.

Optimal management of symptomatic cesarean scar defects.

Bhagavath B, Lindheim SR

Fertility and sterility.. 2018 August 110 (3):417-418. Epub 1900 01 01.

Tubal anastomosis: once in a blue moon?

Estes SJ, Bhagavath B, Lindheim SR

Fertility and sterility.. 2018 July 1110 (1):64-65. Epub 06/13/2018.


Nezhat CH, Pfeifer S, Bhagavath B, Lindheim SR, Petrozza JC, Chan PTK, Palter SF

American journal of epidemiology.. 2018 May 1187 (5):1131-1132. Epub 1900 01 01.

Cesarean Scar Ectopic Pregnancy: Current Management Strategies.

Glenn TL, Bembry J, Findley AD, Yaklic JL, Bhagavath B, Gagneux P, Lindheim SR

Obstetrical & gynecological survey.. 2018 May 73 (5):293-302. Epub 1900 01 01.

Steven R. Lindheim; Tanya Glenn; Pascal Gagneux; Rose A. Maxwell; Yaklic JL; Austin D. Findley; Bala Bhagavath.

Current Challenges in the Diagnosis of Deep Infiltrating

Jay M. Berman; Abraham Shashuoa; Christopher Olson; Sara Brucker; Bala Bhagavath.

Reproductive Outcomes After Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation of Symptomatic

Uterine Malformations: An Update of Diagnosis, Management, and Outcomes.

Bhagavath B, Ellie G, Griffiths KM, Winter T, Alur-Gupta S, Richardson C, Lindheim SR

Obstetrical & gynecological survey.. 2017 June 72 (6):377-392. Epub 1900 01 01.

A Review of Laparoscopic Salpingo-Oophorectomy: Technique and Perioperative Considerations.

Lozada Y, Bhagavath B

Journal of minimally invasive gynecology.. 2017 24 (3):364-370. Epub 12/24/2016.

Hysteroscopic morcellator to overcome cervical stenosis.

Salari BW, Bhagavath B, Galloway ML, Findley AD, Yaklic JL, Lindheim SR

Fertility and sterility.. 2016 November 106 (6):e12-e13. Epub 08/16/2016.

Metroplasty to treat chronic pelvic pain resulting from outflow tract müllerian anomalies.

Bhagavath B, Behrman E, Salari BW, Vitek W, Barhan S, Yaklic JL, Lindheim SR

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology.. 2015 December 213 (6):871.e1-3. Epub 09/09/2015.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery for Benign Conditions: Progress and Challenges.

Bhagavath B, Benjamin A

Obstetrical & gynecological survey.. 2015 October 70 (10):656-66. Epub 1900 01 01.

Longitudinal Vaginal Septa With Associated Uterine Anomalies: A Case Series

Alur, S; Bhagavath, B; Nicandri, K.

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. 2015; .

A Retrospective Review of the Combination of Unfractionated Heparin and Ketorolac on Bleeding Complications After Obstetric and Gynecologic Surgeries.

Vilasagar S, Towner M, Congelosi K, Caveglia SJ, Kumar D, Bhagavath B

Journal of minimally invasive gynecology.. 2015 22 (6S):S89. Epub 10/15/2015.

Familial 46,XY sex reversal without campomelic dysplasia caused by a deletion upstream of the SOX9 gene.

Bhagavath B, Layman LC, Ullmann R, Shen Y, Ha K, Rehman K, Looney S, McDonough PG, Kim HG, Carr BR

Molecular and cellular endocrinology.. 2014 August 5393 (1-2):1-7. Epub 06/04/2014.

Metformin and other insulin sensitizers in polycystic ovary syndrome.

Bhagavath B, Vitek W, Queenan J, Hoeger K

Seminars in reproductive medicine.. 2014 July 32 (4):323-30. Epub 06/11/2014.

Surgical aspects of removal of Essure microinsert.

Albright CM, Frishman GN, Bhagavath B

Contraception.. 2013 September 88 (3):334-6. Epub 01/03/2013.

Role of routine monitoring of liver and renal function during treatment of ectopic pregnancies with single-dose methotrexate protocol.

Clark LE, Bhagavath B, Wheeler CA, Frishman GN, Carson SA

Fertility and sterility.. 2012 July 98 (1):84-8. Epub 04/21/2012.

Ovulation Induction in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: An Update

Bhagavath, B; Carson, SA.

Am J Obstetrics adn Gynecol. 2012; 206(13): 195-8.

Nasal Embryonic LHRH Factor (NELF) Mutations in Patients with Normosmic Hypogonadotrophic Hypogonadism and Kallman Syndrome

Xu, N; Kim, HG; Bhagavath, B; Cho, SG; Lee, JHL; Ha, K; Meliciani, I; Wenzel, W; Podolsky, RH; Chorich, LP; Stackhouse, KA; Grove, AM; Odom, LN; ozata, M; Bick, DP; Sherins, RJ; Kim, SH; Cameron, RS; Layman, LC.

Fertility and Sterility. 2011; 95(5): 1613-20.

NELF is a nuclear protein involved in hypothalamic GnRH nueronal migration

Xu, N; Bhagavath, B; Kim, HG, Halvorson, L; Podolsky, RS; Chorich, LP; Prasad, P; Xiong, WC; Cameron, RS; Layman, LC.

Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2010; : 47-55.

The use of simulation technology in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Bhagavath, B.

ACOG Update. 2010; 36: 1-10.

Genotype and phenotype of patients with gonadotropin releasing hormone receptor mutations

Kim, HG; Pedersen-White, J; Bhagavath, B; Layman, LC.

Front Horm Res. 2010; 39: 94-110.

Clinical manifestation of impaired GnRH neuron development and function

Kim, HG; Bhagavath, B; Layman, LC.

Neurosignals. 2008; 16(2-3): 165-82.

Testosterone and progesterone rapidly attenuate plasma membrane Gbetagamma-mediated signaling in Xenopus laevis oocytes by signaling through classical steroid receptors

Evaul, K; Jammongjit, M; Bhagavath, B; Hammes, SR.

Molecular Endocrinology. 2007; 21(1): 186-96.

KAL1 mutations are not a common cause of idiopathic hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism in humans

Bhagavath, B; Xu, N; Ozata, M; Rosenfield, RL; Bick, DP; Sherins, RJ; Layman, LC.

Molecular Human Reproduction. 2007; 13(3): 25-30.

The genetics of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism

Bhagavath, B; Layman, LC.

Seminars in Reproductive Medicine. 2007; 25(4): 272-86.

Clinical and molecular characterization of a large sample of patients with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism

Bhagavath, B; Podolsky, R; Ozata, M; Bolu, E; Bick, DP; Kulharya, A; Sherins, RJ; Layman, LC.

Fertility and Sterility. 2006; 85(3): 706-13.

The prevalence of GNRHR mutations in a large cohort of patients with hypogonadotropic hypogonadims

Bhagavath, B; Ozata, M; Bolu, E; Ozdemir, IC; Bick, DP, Sherins, RJ; Layman, LC.

Fertility and Sterility. 2005; 84(4): 951-7.

The N314D polymorphism of the GALT gene is not associated with congenital absence of the utreus and vagina

Klipstein, S; Bhagavath, B; Topipat, C; Sasur, L; Reindollar, RH; Gray, MR.

Molecular Human Reproduction. 2003; 9(3): 171-4.

Gonadal effects on plasma ACE activity in mice

Lim, Yk; Ratnam, L; Bhagavath, B; Sethi, SK; Ali, AB; Lim, Sk.

Atherosclerosis. 2002; 160(2): 311-316.

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is associated with reversible impairment of vascular reactivity

Fong, L-C; Bhagavath, B; Kumar, J; Ng, S-C.

Fertility and Sterility. 2002; 78(6): 1159-1163.

Previous cesarean section and abortion as risk factors for developing placenta previa.

Hendricks MS, Chow YH, Bhagavath B, Singh K

The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research.. 1999 April 25 (2):137-42. Epub 1900 01 01.


McGraw-Hill Professional Publications 2nd Edition (2017)

Chapter: Female Hypogonadism in Pediatric Endocrinology and Inborn Errors of Metabolism

Authors: Bala Bhagavath, Gerard S. Conway, Bruce Carr

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publications 2017

Emery and Rimoin's Essential Medical Genetics (2013)

Chapter: Genetics of Female Infertility in Humans

Authors: Bala Bhagavath, Lawrence Layman

Publisher: Elsevier 2013

Kallman Syndrome and Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism Frontiers of Hormone Research (2010)

Chapter: Genotype and Phenotype of Patients with Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Receptor Mutations

Authors: Kim H, -G; Pederson-White J, Bhagavath B, Layman LC

Publisher: Basel, Karger 2010

Pediatric Endocrinology and Inborn Errors of Metabolism (2009)

Chapter: Female Hypogonadism

Authors: Bhagavath B, Carr BR

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publications 2009

Non-Invasive Management of Gynecologic Disorders (2008)

Chapter: Non-surgical management of Mullerian anomalies

Authors: Bhagavath B, Bradshaw KD

Publisher: Informa Healthcare 2008


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