Sadana Balachandar, MD is a member of Summit Medical Group's Pediatric Endocrinology team. Dr. Balachandar treats a wide range of common and rare endocrine disorders in newborns, children, and adolescents. She has expertise in caring for individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as disorders of thyroid, growth, adrenal, puberty, pituitary, bone, and calcium. Dr. Balachandar has a special interest in the long-term endocrine effects of childhood cancer treatment.
Recognizing that many pediatric endocrine conditions are a lifelong diagnosis, Dr. Balachandar enjoys forming long-lasting relationships with her patients and their families. She says, “I especially enjoy making connections with children and making them smile to relieve some of their anxiety.”
Dr. Balachandar strives to empower both patients and parents to actively participate in their care and the decision-making process. “My goal is to inspire confidence in my clinical abilities and to ensure that patients’ concerns are appropriately addressed,” she says adding, “I want them to leave my office knowing that there is a logical and meaningful plan in place.”
Dr. Balachandar has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals including Hormone Research in Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism, Thyroid, Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology and Pediatric Blood & Cancer. She has also participated in research studies related to type 1 diabetes and growth hormone and has presented posters/abstracts at various national conferences. She received recognition as a Top Doctor in 2020 by NJ Top Docs.
Prior to joining Summit Medical group, Dr. Balachandar served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical school. During her time there, she was the director of the pediatric diabetes program and actively involved in the long-term childhood cancer survivorship program.
When not taking care of patients, Dr. Balachandar enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her two children.