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Robert A. Balk, MD

Robert A. Balk, MD
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Specialty:
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
Board Certification:
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City Affiliated Hospitals - Internal Medicine
Fellowship: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Expertise:
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chest tube placement
  • Critical care medicine
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Invasive hemodynamic monitoring
  • Lung disease
  • Lung injury, acute
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Respiratory failure
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sepsis and septic shock
Research Interests:
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
Languages Spoken:
  • English
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  • 1725 W. Harrison St.
  • Suite 054
  • Chicago, IL  60612
  • Phone: (312) 942-6744
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Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.

  1. Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS): where did it come from and is it still relevant today?
    Balk RA
    Virulence
    2014 Jan 1
    5(1):20-6.
  2. Developing a new national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events: executive summary.
    Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, Burns SM, Deutschman CS, Diekema D, Fridkin S, Greene L, Guh A, Gutterman D, Hammer B, Henderson D, Hess DR, Hill NS, Horan T, Kollef M, Levy M, Septimus E, VanAntwerpen C, Wright D, Lipsett P
    Am J Infect Control
    2013 Nov
    41(11):1096-9.
  3. Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events.
    Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, Burns SM, Deutschman CS, Diekema D, Fridkin S, Greene L, Guh A, Gutterman D, Hammer B, Henderson D, Hess DR, Hill NS, Horan T, Kollef M, Levy M, Septimus E, Vanantwerpen C, Wright D, Lipsett P
    Am. J. Crit. Care
    2013 Nov
    22(6):469-73.
  4. Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events: executive summary.
    Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, Burns SM, Deutschman CS, Diekema D, Fridkin S, Greene L, Guh A, Gutterman D, Hammer B, Henderson D, Hess DR, Hill NS, Horan T, Kollef M, Levy M, Septimus E, VanAntwerpen C, Wright D, Lipsett P
    Chest
    2013 Nov
    144(5):1448-52.
  5. Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events*.
    Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, Burns SM, Deutschman CS, Diekema D, Fridkin S, Greene L, Guh A, Gutterman D, Hammer B, Henderson D, Hess D, Hill NS, Horan T, Kollef M, Levy M, Septimus E, VanAntwerpen C, Wright D, Lipsett P
    Crit. Care Med.
    2013 Nov
    41(11):2467-75.
  6. Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events: executive summary.
    Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, Burns SM, Deutschman CS, Diekema D, Fridkin S, Greene L, Guh A, Gutterman D, Hammer B, Henderson D, Hess D, Hill NS, Horan T, Kollef M, Levy M, Septimus E, Vanantwerpen C, Wright D, Lipsett P
    Clin. Infect. Dis.
    2013 Dec
    57(12):1742-6.
  7. Executive summary: Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events.
    Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, Burns SM, Deutschman CS, Diekema D, Fridkin S, Greene L, Guh A, Gutterman D, Hammer B, Henderson D, Hess DR, Hill NS, Horan T, Kollef M, Levy M, Septimus E, Vanantwerpen C, Wright D, Lipsett P
    Ann Am Thorac Soc
    2013 Dec
    10(6):S220-3.
  8. Developing a new, national approach to surveillance for ventilator-associated events: executive summary.
    Magill SS, Klompas M, Balk R, Burns SM, Deutschman CS, Diekema D, Fridkin S, Greene L, Guh A, Gutterman D, Hammer B, Henderson D, Hess DR, Hill NS, Horan T, Kollef M, Levy M, Septimus E, Vanantwerpen C, Wright D, Lipsett P
    Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol
    2013 Dec
    34(12):1239-43.
  9. Systemic steroids in severe sepsis and septic shock.
    Patel GP, Balk RA.
    Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012
    2012 Jan 15
    185(2):133-9. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201011-1897CI. Epub 2011 Jun 16. Review.
  10. Evaluating the adequacy of fluid resuscitation in patients with septic shock: controversies and future directions.
    Greenfield N, Balk RA.
    Hosp Pract (Minneap). 2012
    2012 Apr
    40(2):147-57. doi: 10.3810/hp.2012.04.980.
  11. A large pleural effusion in a patient receiving peritoneal dialysis.
    Tapawan K, Chen E, Selk N, Hong E, Virmani S, Balk R.
    Semin Dial. 2011
    2011 Sep-Oct
    24(5):560-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-139X.2011.00859.x. Epub 2011 Apr 11.
  12. Pro-inflammatory endothelial cell dysfunction is associated with intersectin-1s down-regulation.
    Singla S, Predescu D, Bardita C, Wang M, Zhang J, Balk RA, Predescu S.
    Respir Res. 2011
    2011 Apr 12
    12:46. doi: 10.1186/1465-9921-12-46.
  13. Multinational, observational study of procalcitonin in ICU patients with pneumonia requiring mechanical ventilation: a multicenter observational study.
    Bloos F, Marshall JC, Dellinger RP, Vincent JL, Gutierrez G, Rivers E, Balk RA, Laterre PF, Angus DC, Reinhart K, Brunkhorst FM.
    Crit Care. 2011
    2011
    15(2):R88. doi: 10.1186/cc10087. Epub 2011 Mar 7.
  14. Roger C. Bone, MD and the evolving paradigms of sepsis.
    Balk R.
    Contrib Microbiol. 2011
    2011
    17:1-11. doi: 10.1159/000323970. Epub 2011 Jun 9.
  15. Impact of the implementation of a sepsis protocol for the management of fluid-refractory septic shock: A single-center, before-and-after study.
    Gurnani PK, Patel GP, Crank CW, Vais D, Lateef O, Akimov S, Balk R, Simon D.
    Clin Ther. 2010
    2010 Jul
    32(7):1285-93. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2010.07.003.
  16. Efficacy and safety of dopamine versus norepinephrine in the management of septic shock.
    Patel GP, Grahe JS, Sperry M, Singla S, Elpern E, Lateef O, Balk RA.
    Shock. 2010
    2010 Apr
    33(4):375-80. doi: 10.1097/SHK.0b013e3181c6ba6f.
  17. Definitions for sepsis and organ failure and guidelines for the use of innovative therapies in sepsis. The ACCP/SCCM Consensus Conference Committee. American College of Chest Physicians/Society of Critical Care Medicine. 1992.
    Bone RC, Balk RA, Cerra FB, Dellinger RP, Fein AM, Knaus WA, Schein RM, Sibbald WJ; ACCP/SCCM Consensus Conference Committee.
    Chest. 2009
    2009 Nov
    136(5 Suppl):e28. No abstract available.
  18. Health care-associated infection (HAI): a critical appraisal of the emerging threat-proceedings of the HAI Summit.
    Kollef MH, Napolitano LM, Solomkin JS, Wunderink RG, Bae IG, Fowler VG, Balk RA, Stevens DL, Rahal JJ, Shorr AF, Linden PK, Micek ST.
    Clin Infect Dis. 2008
    2008 Oct 1
    47 Suppl 2:S55-99; quiz S100-1. doi: 10.1086/590937. Review.
  19. A case of flavor-induced lung disease.
    Modi P, Yadava V, Sreedhar R, Khasawaneh F, Balk RA.
    South Med J. 2008
    2008 May
    101(5):541-2. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31816bead7.
  20. Diffuse pulmonary nodules in a 25-year-old man with diarrhea and weight loss.
    Lee WY, Balk RA.
    Chest. 2008
    2008 May
    133(5):1252-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.07-2219. No abstract available.
  21. Multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled study of the nitric oxide scavenger pyridoxalated hemoglobin polyoxyethylene in distributive shock.
    Kinasewitz GT, Privalle CT, Imm A, Steingrub JS, Malcynski JT, Balk RA, DeAngelo J.
    Crit Care Med. 2008
    2008 Jul
    36(7):1999-2007. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e31817bfe84.

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