Mala M. Balakumar, MD, FACS, FASCRS is a colorectal surgeon at CRSSNY. She discusses her life and background, both inside and outside of her work. She does frequent community outreach volunteer work in the Long Island area.
Hi. My name is Mala Balakumar. I'm a colon and rectal surgeon. Its wonderful working with a group of doctors who have likeminded interests in colon and rectal surgery, discussing cases, being able to have a group practice is beneficial. I spend a lot of time outside doing community events. Part of it is through my temple. Part of it is through other activities that I participate in. I've worked in soup kitchens, I've done TV shows that have to do with colon and rectal surgery. I do community events, such as lunch and learn series for the hospital. One of the good things of being in this practice is not only am I able to take care of patients here, I think I'm able to have the time to give back to patients in the community and people in the community who really need that help. I also have participated in free health clinics around the areas, so that is something that I like to do on my spare time. What made me want to go into medicine was actually my father, who's a general surgeon. He was a true general surgeon at that time. Did everything from c-sections to orthopedics to general surgery. And he had a very big passion for taking care of the patient. And that is something he's passed onto me, which I think it's important to carry onto our patients, is that patient care is the most important and that we here at CRSSNY really put the patient first.