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Texas Medical Center

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Phone: 832-822-3131


6701 Fannin Street
Suite 1100
Houston, TX 77030

Keshawadhana Balakrishnan, MD

Attending Physician

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
New York Medical College Fellowship Pediatric Gastroenterology 2017
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2013
Kilpauk Medical College Medical School Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 2007


Dr. Balakrishnan is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics within the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and an Attending physician at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr Balakrishnan’s area of focused interest is in gastrointestinal motility disorders having completed an advanced fellowship in neurogastroenterology and motility. She is part of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility program caring for children with a wide variety of motility disorders including children with chronic constipation, Hirschsprung disease, anorectal malformations, achalasia, gastroparesis, functional gastrointestinal disorders, neurogenic bowel in spina bifida in addition to a wide variety of other common pediatric gastrointestinal disorders. Her philosophy of care in patient care is to work together with the patient to accomplish a desired goal. She believes in applying her skills, experience, judgement combined with the advancing technologies to each clinical situation. Dr. Balakrishnan’s ultimate aim is to establish a trusting and caring relationship with her patients while working to improve their quality of life.

Her current and continuing research and diagnostic interests includes predicting clinical outcomes of cecostomy with colonic manometry and the utility of mucosal biopsies in colonoscopy during colonic motility catheter placement procedures.

Clinical Interests:

Motility disorders

Functional gastrointestinal disorders

Research Interests:

Impact of Pediatric motility diagnostic testing


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society Member
North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Member

Selected Publications

Balakrishnan, K, Perez, I.A, Keens, T.G, Sicolo A, Punati J, Danialifar T. Hirschsprung disease and other gastrointestinal motility disorders in patients with CCHS. European Journal of Pediatrics October 2020.

Abu- El -Haija M, Kumar S, Quiros J, Balakrishnan K, Morinville V et al. Management of Acute Pancreatitis in the pediatric population: A clinical report from the pancreas NASPGHAN committee. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology 2018;66: 159–176.

Balakrishnan K, Bamji N, Gustavo S. Colocolic Intussusception in a 4-year-old boy. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports 32 (2018) 27-29. doi 10.1016/j.epsc.2018.01.004.

Balakrishnan K, Bostwick H, Stringel G. Foregut Duplications Cysts in Children. Journal of the Society of Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeons 2017 Apr-Jun;21(2): e2017.00017.doi:10.4293/JSLS.2017.0001.

Garlich F, Balakrishnan K, Fong J. Journal of Clinical Toxicology .2014 Apr;52(4):291-4. doi: 10.3109/15563650.2014.900182.

Balakrishnan K, Sferra T.J. Shwachman Diamond Syndrome. Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 2nd Edition, July 2016.

Balakrishnan K, Pierog A. Esophageal Monitoring (pH and Impedance). Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 2nd Edition, July 2016.

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