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Rula                           Balluz

Rula Balluz MD, MPH

Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Pediatric Cardiology; Pediatrics

 

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiology, Tulane University School of Medicine (1996)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University of Tennessee (1993)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, University of Tennessee (1991)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, American University of Beirut (1990)
  • MD, Medicine, American University of Beirut (1989)
  • MPH, Epidemiology, American University of Beirut (1989)
  • BS, Biology, American University of Beirut (1984)
Employment:
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2014-present)
  • Chief, Cardiology, UBMD Pediatrics (2014–2017)
  • Medical Director, Cardiology, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2014–2017)
  • Director of ECHO Laboratory, Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (2012–2014)
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Drexel University, College of Medicine (2010–2014)
  • Co-Director, ECHO Laboratory, Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (2010–2011)
  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, SUNY at Stony Brook, School of Medicine (2006–2010)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine (2004–2006)
  • Attending Physician, Pediatrics, Baptist Health (2003–2006)
  • Attending Physician, Ambulatory Care, Huey P. Long Medical Center (1998–2006)
Awards and Honors:
  • State University of New York: Junior Faculty Development Program - Dean Nomination for Participation (2010)
  • National Institutes of Health Research Training Program: Clinical Research Curriculum Award (CRCA) (2008)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Professional Development Seminar for Early Career Women Faculty - Dean Nomination for Attendance (2008)
  • American Heart Association, Center for Disease Control, and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors: Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Seminar - Section Chief of Pediatric Cardiology Nomination for Attendance (1995)
  • Makassed Schools: Best Student (1978-1980)
  • American University of Beirut: Dean's Honor List (1980, 1983, 1984)


Journal Articles:
Abstracts:
  • Zhang L, Gao J, Xie M, Tian X, Liu L, Sun J, Balluz R, Ge S. Utility of Modality - Independent 3D Speckle Tracking Imaging Technology for Evaluation of Left Ventricular Mechanics: Feasibility, Reproducibility, Maturational Changes and Normal Ranges of 3D Global Strain, Displacement, Rotation, Twist and Torsion. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2012; 25.
  • Tao G, Zhan X, Gu X, Cheng L, Li Z, Zhang L, Balluz R, Ge S. Right Ventricular Global Longitudinal Strain, Velocity and Displacement During 2nd and 3rd Trimester in Human Fetuses: Feasibility, Normal Values and Reproducibility Using 2D Speckle Tracking Imaging. European Heart Journal. 2011; 32.
  • Zhang L, Gao J, Xie M, Yin P, Liu W, Li Y, Klas B, Balluz R, Ge S. Three Dimensional Global Longitudinal Strain Analysis of Left Ventricle by Real-time 3D Speckle Tracking Imaging in Pediatric Population: Feasibility, Reproducibility, Maturational Changes and Normal Ranges. Circulation. 2011; 124.
  • Zhang L, Gao J, Xie M, Yin P, Liu W, Li Y, Klas B, Balluz R, Ge S. Three Dimensional Rotation, Twist and Torsion Analyses by Real-time 3D Speckle Tracking Imaging: Feasibility, Reproducibility, Maturational Changes and Normal Ranges in Pediatric Population. Circulation. 2011; 124.
Books and Book Chapters:
  • Balluz R, Ge S. "Real-time 3D Echocardiography for Quantification of Ventricular Volumes, Mass and Function". Real-time 3D Echocardiography for Congential Heart Disease From Fetus to Adults. 2013.
  • Balluz R, Sun J, Ge S. "Quantitative Analysis of Congenital Heart Disease by RT3DE". Comprehensive Echocardiography. 2013.
  • Balluz R, Rogers L, Ge S. "TEE and Postoperative Evaluation of CHD". Comprehensive Echocardiography. 2013.
  • Rogers L, Balluz R, Ge S. "CHD: General Considerations". Comprehensive Echocardiography. 2013.
  • Sun J, Balluz R, Ge S. "Acquired Heart Diseases in Childhood". Comprehensive Echocardiography. 2013.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Fellow (FAAP)
  • American Heart Association: Silver Member
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Society of Echocardiography
Presentations:
  • "Segmental Approach to Diagnosis Complex Congenital Heart Disease" Cardiology Grand Rounds, Hahnemann Medical Center (2012)
  • "Utility of Modality - Independent 3D Speckle Tracking Imaging Technology for Evaluation of Left Ventricular Mechanics: Feasibility, Reproducibility, Maturational Changes and Normal Ranges of 3D Global Strain, Displacement, Rotation, Twist and Torsion" Annual Meeting, American Society of Echocardiography (2012)
  • "Arrhythmia Prenatal Diagnosis and Management" Maternal Fetal Grand Rounds, Temple University Medical Center (2012)
  • "Neonatal and Perinatal Rhythm Disorder Diagnosis and Acute Management" NICU Lecture, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, NICU Attendings and Fellows (2012)
  • "Three Dimensional Global Longitudinal Strain Analysis of the Left Ventricle by Real 3D Speckle Tracking Imaging in Pediatric Population: Feasibility, Reproducibility, Maturational Changes and Normal Ranges" Scientific Sessions, American Heart Association (2011)
  • "Review of Echocardiography Utilization in the PICU and Limitation of the Techniques Used" PICU Lecture, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, PICU Attendings and Fellows (2011)
  • "Fetal Diagnosis of Complex Cardiac Disease: Effects on Mortality, Morbidity and Prognosis" Annual Pediatric Conference, University of Damascus (2011)
  • "Overview of Cyanotic Heart Lesions and Introduction to Surgical Repair" Annual Pediatric Conference, University of Damascus (2011)
  • "Superior Inferior Ventricle Prenatal Diagnosis and Perinatal Management" Maternal Fetal Grand Rounds, Temple University Medical Center (2011)
  • "ATN083: Longitudinal Changes in Cardivascular Risk Markers Among HIV Infected and at Risk Adolescents" 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) (2011)
  • "Heterotaxia Syndrome Prenatal Diagnosis and Perinatal Management" Maternal Fetal Grand Rounds, Temple University Medical Center (2011)
  • "Hypoplastic Heart Syndrome Prenatal Diagnosis and Perinatal Management" Maternal Fetal Grand Rounds, Hahnemann Medical Center (2011)
  • "Blue Babies: The What and The How" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Reading Hospital and Medical Center (2010)
  • "Neonatal and Perinatal Arrhythmias" Pediatric Grand Rounds, SUNY at Stony Brook (2008)
  • "Sequestrartion, ECHO Diagnosis and Other Diagnostic Modalities" Annual Meeting, Long Island Society of Echocardiography (2008)
  • "Challenges in EKG Reading" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Nassau University Medical Center (2007)
  • "Anomalous Origin of the Coronaries Echo Diagnosis" Annual Meeting, Long Island Society of Echocardiography (2007)
  • "Kawasaki Disease Challenges and New Frontiers" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Nassau University Medical Center (2006)
  • "Anomalous Systemic and Pulmonary Venous Connections" Annual Meeting, Long Island Society of Echocardiography (2006)
  • "Chest Pain, Syncope, and Sudden Cardiac Death in Adolescents and Athletes" Forum for Health with Dr. Ken Wool, WFRZ-LP (Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church TV Station) (2005)
  • "Acquired Heart Disease" Pediatric Society Meeting, Baptist Health (2004)
  • "Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Adolescents and Echocardiographic Changes: A Bogalosa Heart Study" 11th Disease and Ethnicity Conference (1996)
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Service Activities:
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Education Committee; Committee Member (2012)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Quality Assurance Committee; Committee Member (2012)
  • Simon‘s Fund (Philadelphia, PA); Volunteer (2011)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: Residency Redesign Retreat 2011; Member (2011)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: Resident Education Subcommittee; Committee Member (2011)
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children: Pediatric Cardiology Curriculum for Adult Cardiology Fellows; Coordinator (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children: Pediatric Cardiology Curriculum for Pediatric Residents; Coordinator (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children: Pediatric Cardiology Rotation for Residents; Director (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: ECHO Quality Assurance Committee; Chair (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: ECHO Quality Assurance Program; Director (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: Pediatric Cardiology Curriculum for Medical Students; Coordinator (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: Pediatric Cardiology Curriculum for NICU Fellows; Coordinator (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: Pediatric Cardiology Rotation for Medical Students; Director (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: Pediatric ECHO Laboratory; Coordinator (2010–2014)
  • St. Christopher‘s Hospital for Children: Residency Curriculum for Cardiology; Coordinator (2010–2014)
  • Journal of Echocardiography; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010)
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Department of Family Medicine; Reviewer (2010)
  • Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS): Cardiac Definition Appendix; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2009–2010)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine: Faculty Senate; Member (2009–2010)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Women in Medicine Committee; Chair (2009–2010)
  • Journal of Pediatric Transplantation; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2009)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Hospital Credential Committee; Committee Member (2008–2010)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Research Oversight Committee; Committee Member (2008–2010)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Scholarly Oversight Committee; Committee Member (2008–2010)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Women in Medicine Committee; Co-Chair (2008–2009)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: ECHO Quality Assurance Committee; Chair (2007–2010)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Resident Journal Club; Facilitator (2007–2010)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Quality Assurance Committee; Committee Member (2007–2008)
  • Three Village School District (Stony Brook, NY); Teacher (2007)
  • SUNY at Stony Brook: Pediatric ECHO Laboratory; Coordinator (2006–2010)
  • Baptist Church Camp (Montgomery, AL); Teacher (2005)
  • Baptist Medical Center: Pediatric Echo Laboratory; Coordinator (2004–2006)
  • Red River Treatment Center (Louisiana); Teacher (1997–2003)
  • American University of Beirut and UNICEF; Volunteer (1984–1985)

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UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Cardiology
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-1315
Fax: (716) 878-1352
Email: rulaball@buffalo.edu

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