Dr. Balamurugan is a board-certified Family Physician and an epidemiologist. He obtained his medical degree from The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai, India. He completed his family medicine residency from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas. He obtained his Master of Public Health with emphasis in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He obtained his Doctor of Public Health with emphasis in Public Health Leadership/Health Policy/Epidemiology from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health
Dr. Balamurugan has made significant contributions to both Medicine and Public Health over the past decade. His work has been published in national and internationally reputed journals several times. His work has been implemented at the State level, and has won national and international acclaim. Dr. Balamurugan’s multicenter cancer studies are the largest in the world of its kind, and the results from the study have been used to develop guidelines for clinical practice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His work on Diabetes was recognized as the, “Best Practice” in Diabetes Education by the Canadian Diabetes Association, and has won an international award at the 2007 International Annual meeting of American Telemedicine Association.
Dr. Balamurugan’s work on diabetes self-management education has been implemented across the State of Arkansas benefitting hundreds and thousands of people with diabetes in Arkansas. The work was also recognized by then Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and also won, ‘Service in Science’ award by the Director of the Arkansas Department of Health Dr. Paul Halverson. He was honored as the “Chronic Disease Champion”, by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, in Washington, for his contribution in the field of chronic disease.