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Garo Krikor Balkian, MD

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My specialty:
Emergency Medicine

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

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About me

Welcome to my Web page. I’m happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you about my practice. I am privileged to work at Kaiser Permanente with wonderful colleagues and members, and I look forward to working with you to care for your health.

Biography

I grew up in Southern California and decided to become a physician with the guidance of my father’s cardiologist. This physician encouraged me to volunteer at a local hospital to see if medicine could be a good fit as a career. After attending college at UC Irvine, I went to Philadelphia for medical school and then returned to California for my residency training. I got married and started a family while in residency. I currently have a son and a daughter.

About my practice

I practice full time in the Emergency Department, which is always a challenging work environment. We work as a team to care for the sick and injured members who come to us for emergency care. Easing people’s fears about their conditions is an important part of what I do in the Emergency Department, in addition to providing prompt care.

How I thrive

Staying physically active is an important part of recovering from the stressful environment in the Emergency Department. I enjoy running, biking, and swimming, and I have competed in the Los Angeles Marathon and the Los Angeles Triathlon. I have also started mountain climbing in the last couple of years and have made several winter ascents of Mount Whitney; I also reached the summit of Mount Rainier in 2016. I’ve adopted a mostly plant-based diet that has reduced my weight, increased my energy, and made me feel younger!

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My office

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My Provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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  • Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO)
  • HMO
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care
  • Point-of-Service Plan (POS)
  • Senior Advantage/Medicare Cost
Acute Care-med/surg Department
5601 De Soto Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Contact information

  • Appointments/cancellations/messages
  • 1-888-515-3500 (toll free)
  • California Relay Service
  • 711 (TTY for the hearing/speech impaired)
  • General information
  • 818-719-2000
  • Inpatient room information
  • 818-719-2770

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia , PA

Board certification

Emergency Medicine

American Board of Emergency Medicine

Medical training

Internship

Transitional

University Medical Center (UCSF Program)
Fresno , CA

Residency

Emergency Medicine

University Medical Center (UCSF Program)
Fresno , CA

Joined Permanente Medical Group

2000

Active license information

License number

A63683

License type

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON

License issuing state

CALIFORNIA

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

1326154063
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My hospitals

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5601 De Soto Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

I have admitting privileges at this hospital.

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This page was last updated on:

11/13/2018