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Tarun Bhalla, M.D., Ph.D

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Appointment: (585) 273-1900

Office: (585) 273-1900

Fax: (585) 276-2663

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Dr. Tarun Bhalla has joined URMC as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Imaging Sciences and Director of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Services at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

He was previously at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA where he served for 3 years as the Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery.

Dr. Bhalla did his residency training, as well as a Surgical Endovascular Neuroradiology Fellowship, at the Cleveland Clinic.

His interests include open cerebrovascular and endovascular treatment for spinal and cerebrovascular disease including stroke, aneurysms, AVMs, carotid/vertebral disease and trigeminal neuralgia.



  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery


MD, PhD | University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2012 - 06/30/2013
Fellowship in Neuroradiology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation

07/01/2007 - 06/30/2013
Residency in Neurological Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation

07/01/2006 - 06/30/2007
Internship in General Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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2004 - 2006
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Sponsor: National Institute of Health

Trainee Award, Annual Meeting
Sponsor: American Society for Clinical Investigation

1999 - 2006
Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship
Sponsor: National Institute of Health

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Sponsor: Drew University

Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society
Sponsor: Drew University

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Journal Articles

Matava CT, Kovatsis PG, Summers JL, Castro P, Denning S, Yu J, Lockman JL, Von Ungern-Sternberg B, Sabato S, Lee LK, Ayad I, Mireles S, Lardner D, Whyte S, Szolnoki J, Jagannathan N, Thompson N, Stein ML, Dalesio N, Greenberg R, McCloskey J, Peyton J, Evans F, Haydar B, Reynolds P, Chiao F, Taicher B, Templeton T, Bhalla T, Raman VT, Garcia-Marcinkiewicz A, Gálvez J, Tan J, Rehman M, Crockett C, Olomu P, Szmuk P, Glover C, Matuszczak M, Galvez I, Hunyady A, Polaner D, Gooden C, Hsu G, Gumaney H, Pérez-Pradilla C, Kiss EE, Theroux MC, Lau J, Asaf S, Ingelmo P, Engelhardt T, Hervías M, Greenwood E, Javia L, Disma N, Yaster M, Fiadjoe JE, . "Pediatric Airway Management in COVID-19 patients - Consensus Guidelines from the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia's Pediatric Difficult Intubation Collaborative and the Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society." Anesthesia and analgesia.. 2020 Apr 13; Epub 2020 Apr 13.

Stevens J, Bhalla T. "A new OPIATE (Optimizing Positive Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen Treatment Expectations) model: A brief comment on "Concurrent and lagged associations of prescription opioid use with pain and negative affect in the daily lives of chronic pain patients" (Carpenter, Lane, Bruehl, & Trull, 2019)." Journal of consulting and clinical psychology.. 2019 Oct 0; 87(10):887-892.

Garcia-Marcinkiewicz AG, Adams HD, Gurnaney H, Patel V, Jagannathan N, Burjek N, Mensinger JL, Zhang B, Peeples KN, Kovatsis PG, Fiadjoe JE, von Ungern-Sternberg BS, Sommerfield D, Holmes C, Sabato S, Ravula N, Jette C, Mireles S, Matava C, Whyte S, Vega E, Yang L, Echeverry-Marin P, Pérez-Pradilla C, Polaner D, Starker E, Zieg J, Szolnoki J, Lee A, Heitmiller E, Rehman M, Fernandez A, Meserve J, McCloskey J, Dalesio N, Koka R, Greenberg R, Park R, Peyton J, Bhattacharya S, Reynolds P, Lewis I, Haydar B, Therrian M, Sarmiento L, Richtsfeld M, Belani K, Robertson S, Sathyamoorthy K, Schrock C, de Graaff J, Soneru C, Singh N, Chiao F, Taicher B, Templeton T, Castro P, Riveros Perez NR, Raman VT, Beltran R, Bhalla T, Stricker P, Lockman JL, Gálvez J, Isserman R, Struyk B, Ward C, Hsu G, Nishisaki A, Kodavatiganti R, Ramos LS, Scheu E, Watkins S, Goldfarb T, Olomu P, Szmuk P, Hopkins P, Glover C, Nguyen K, Olutoye O, Jain R, Matuszczak M, Hunyady A, Bosenberg A, Tham S, Low D, Rosas GB, Fehr J, Lee LK, Iyah I, Patel R, Gooden C, , . "A Retrospective Analysis of Neuromuscular Blocking Drug Use and Ventilation Technique on Complications in the Pediatric Difficult Intubation Registry Using Propensity Score Matching." Anesthesia and analgesia.. 2019 Sep 18; Epub 2019 Sep 18.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Spinal Dural Vascular Malformations
Book Title: Spine Surgery: Techniques Complications Avoidance and Management
Author List: Batjer HH.; Bhalla T.; Rasmussen PA.; Spiotta A.; Spetzler R.
Edited By: Benzel EC.
Published By: Saunders 2012

Chapter Title: Post-traumatic and idiopathic syringomyelia
Book Title: Spine Surgery: Techniques Complications Avoidance and Management
Author List: Bhalla T.; Krishananey A.
Edited By: Benzel EC.
Published By: Saunders 2012

Chapter Title: An Interspinous Device for Lumbar Stenosis
Book Title: Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion
Author List: Bhalla T.; Steinmetz MP.
Edited By: Perez-Cruet, Pimenta Beisse, Kim
Published By: Quality Medical Publishing 2011 in St. Louis, MO