Appathurai Balamurugan, MD, MPH

C O P H Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Appathurai Balamurugan, M D, M P H

Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Department of Epidemiology

Medical Director, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch
Associate Director for Science, Center for Health Advancement
Arkansas Department of Health

Contact Information

Office: COPH 6208
Phone: 501-766-8933


2013 – Residency, Family Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
2002 – MPH (Epidemiology), Tulane University
1997 – MD (MBBS), Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University (Chennai, India)

Research Interest

Epidemiology of chronic diseases ((Hypertension, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, and Cancer), Patient-Centered Medical Home

Selected Publications

Howard J, White P, Chronister K, Balamurugan A. Bringing Home the Patient Centered Medical Home: Lessons Learned from an Academic Family Medical Center. The Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society. Vol. 108 No. 13. 300-303. June 2012.

Balamurugan A, Rees JR, Kosary C, Rim SH, Li J, Stewart SL. Subsequent primary cancers among Men and Women with in situ and invasive melanoma of the skin. Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. Vol. 65, No. 5. S69-S77, November 2011.

Wang W, Balamurugan A, Biddle J, Rollins K. Diabetic Neuropathy Status and the Concerns in Underserved Rural Communities: Challenges and Opportunities for Diabetes Educators. The Diabetes Educator. Vol. 37, No. 4. 536-548. July/August 2011.

George M, Harper R, Balamurugan A, Kilmer G, Bynum L. Diabetic Retinopathy and Its Risk Factors in a Population-Based Study. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 2 (2) 122-126.

Balamurugan A, Mehta P, Bates J, Mehta JL. Change in Mortality from Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke in Arkansas (1979 to 2007). The American Journal of Cardiology 2011;107:156-60

Dersu I, Balamurugan A. Prevalence of Visual Impairment and Eye Diseases in Arkansas. The Journal of Arkansas Medical Society. Vol. 107, No. 4. 62-64. September, 2010.

Kilmer G, Bynum L, Balamurugan A. Access to and Use of Eye Care Services in Rural Arkansas. The Journal of Rural Health. Vol. 26: 31-36. Winter 2010.

Balamurugan A, Im L, Reeve G, Mehta P, Bates J. Incidence of Female Breast Cancer in Arkansas: Are We following the National Trend?. The Journal of Arkansas Medical Society. Vol. 105, No. 12. 283-286. June, 2009.

Balamurugan A, Hall-Barrow J, Blevins M, Brech D, Phillips M, Holley E, Bittle K. A Pilot Study of Diabetes Education via Telemedicine in a Rural Underserved Community: Opportunities and Challenges. A Continuous Quality Improvement Process. The Diabetes Educator. Vol. 35, No. 1. 147-154. Jan/Feb 2009.

Balamurugan A, Ahmed F, Saraiya M, Kosary C, Schwenn M, Cokkinides V, Flowers L, Pollack L. Potential Role of HPV in the development of Subsequent Primary Cancers among Cervical Carcinoma survivors. Cancer. 2008; 113 (S10): 2919-2925.