Sharmini Balakrishnan, MD, Ophthalmology, Encino, CA, Providence Tarzana Medical Center


OphthalmologyEncino, CA

Cataract, Cornea, & Refractive Surgeon

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  • I am a board-certified, fellowship-trained cataract, cornea, and refractive surgeon. I specialize in laser-assisted, complex, and manual small-incision cataract surgery, as well as all varieties of intraocular lens-based surgery, including intraocular lens exchanges and fixated intraocular lenses. I also have special focus in refractive surgery, including LASIK, PRK, corneal inlays, and refractive lens exchange. I also perform all varieties of corneal transplant surgery, including endothelial, lamellar, and full-thickness keratoplasty. I have special interest in keratoconus and corneal cross linking.

Education & Training

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Baylor College of MedicineFellowship
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
    University of Michigan Hospitals and Health CentersResidency
  • Washington University - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Washington University - Barnes-Jewish HospitalInternship
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
    Washington University School of Medicine in St. LouisMedicalSchool
  • Harvard UniversityOtherTraining
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
    University of Michigan Hospitals and Health CentersResidency

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2015 - 2021
  • KY State Medical License
    KY State Medical License 2014 - 2016
  • IN State Medical License
    IN State Medical License 2014 - 2017
  • TX State Medical License
    TX State Medical License 2013 - 2019
  • VA State Medical License
    VA State Medical License 2013 - 2016
  • MI State Medical License
    MI State Medical License Active through 2013
  • American Board of Ophthalmology Ophthalmology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Walter R. Park Resident Teaching Award University of Michigan, 2013

Publications & Presentations



  • The Literature 
    Balakrishnan SA, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
  • Tennis Symfony IOL 
    Balakrishnan A, MillenialEYE
  • Cataract Surgery Complex Case Management 
    Balakrishnan A, Colvard M, From N, Garg S, et al., Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today

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