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2017 Dancing Stars of Columbus, GA

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Dr. Baliga was born in Bantwal, Karnataka, India. He is the Son of Mrs. Sharada Baliga and Rayee Laxman Damodar Baliga. He obtained his M.B.B.S. degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal/Mangalore.  Following that he studied post graduate medicine at the same institute and obtained his initial post graduate degree in Internal Medicine. Soon after that he was appointed Chief Physicain at Alva’s health center, Moodbidri, India. He was instrumental in establishing quality medical care in a rural setting. His most famous achievement was in establishing a state of the art snake bite center, which resulted in almost 100 percent survival rate in persons bitten by Cobras.

Following that he travelled overseas to United Kingdom in search of higher education and worked in the NHS system, In 1993 he realized his life- long ambition of becoming Member of Royal College of Physicians of London, M.R.C.P (U.K.

He moved to United States in 1995 and Joined as a Fellow in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at University of Arkansas for Medical sciences at Little Rock, Arkansas.

In 2001, he was appointed as the Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone diseases and the division of aging at The Mount Sinai School of medicine, in Manhattan, New York. Soon after joining Mount Sinai he was promoted as the Director of the diabetes program at the same institute. His research interest was mostly focused on Endothelial dysfunction, Oxidative stress and Cardio-vascular out comes in diabetic population. Coincidentally, his research activity also included Alzheimer’s disease prevention and the working hypothesis was Alzheimer’s disease is nothing but intracranial diabetes.

He moved to Columbus, Georgia in 2005 and soon established East Alabama Endocrinology P.C, serving Columbus, GA and Opelika/Auburn, AL.  

He is married to Dr. Prathibha Baliga, MD: DGO and has 2 children. Sujith is currently undergoing training in Radiation Oncology at Albert Einstein medical school in New York  and Shifali has just graduated from Duke law school and has joined a corporate law firm in Washington DC.

Passion for Alzheimer’s prevention: Coincidentally, his research activity also included Alzheimer’s disease prevention and the working hypothesis was Alzheimer’s disease is nothing but intracranial diabetes. The research activity focused on using anti diabetes drugs in Alzheimer’s prevention. He has witnessed first- hand the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease in his family members. He has witnessed how one of his close physician friend here in Columbus was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and within a short span of time, he became totally dependent on his wife for his daily activities. He sincerely believes that by focusing more on Alzheimer’s prevention research, this dreadful disease can be brought under control.

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