Ashwin Balagopal, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, Tamil


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Johns Hopkins Rockland Physician Practice and Research Group

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1900
10751 Falls Road
Falls Concourse Suite 412
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-583-2921 | Fax: 410-583-2654


Dr. Ashwin Balagopal is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is infectious diseases. 

After receiving his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Balagopal completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He performed his fellowship in infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Balagopal's research interests include microbial translocation and Kupffer cells in HIV-HCV coinfection and in situ liver studies of HIV-HCV pathogenesis. more


  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • MD; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2000)


  • Internal Medicine; Yale-New Haven Hospital (2004)


  • Infectious Diseases; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Infectious Disease) (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Balagopal's research interests include microbial translocation and Kupffer cells in HIV-HCV coinfection and In situ liver studies of HIV-HCV pathogenesis.


Lab Website: Ashwin Balagopal Lab

Selected Publications

Tenforde MW, Gupte N, Dowdy DW, Asmuth DM, Balagopal A, Pollard RB, Sugandhavesa P, Lama JR, Pillay S, Cardoso SW, Pawar J, Santos B, Riviere C1, Mwelase N, Kanyama C, Kumwenda J, Hakim JG, Kumarasamy N, Bollinger R, Semba RD, Campbell TB, Gupta A; ACTG PEARLS and NWCS 319 Study Group. “C-reactive protein (CRP), interferon gamma-inducible protein 10 (IP-10), and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) are associated with risk of tuberculosis after initiation of antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings.” PLoS One. 2015 Feb 26;10(2):e0117424. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117424. eCollection 2015.

Graw F, Balagopal A, Kandathil AJ, Ray SC, Thomas DL, Ribeiro RM, Perelson AS. “Inferring viral dynamics in chronically HCV infected patients from the spatial distribution of infected hepatocytes.” PLoS Comput Biol. 2014 Nov 13;10(11):e1003934.doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003934. eCollection 2014.

Crowell TA, Gebo KA, Balagopal A, Fleishman JA, Agwu AL, Berry SA; HIV Research Network. “Impact of hepatitis coinfection on hospitalization rates and causes in a multicenter cohort of persons living with HIV.” J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Apr 1;65(4):429-37. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000059.

Balagopal A, Kandathil AJ, Higgins YH, Wood J, Richer J, Quinn J, Eldred L, Li Z, Ray SC, Sulkowski MS, Thomas DL. “Antiretroviral therapy, interferon sensitivity, and virologic setpoint in human immunodeficiency virus/hepatitis C virus coinfected patients.” Hepatology. 2014 Aug;60(2):477-86. doi: 10.1002/hep.27158. Epub 2014 May 14.

Kandathil AJ, Graw F, Quinn J, Hwang HS, Torbenson M, Perelson AS, Ray SC, Thomas DL, Ribeiro RM, Balagopal A. “Use of laser capture microdissection to map hepatitis C virus-positive hepatocytes in human liver.” Gastroenterology. 2013 Dec;145(6):1404-13.e1-10. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2013.08.034. Epub 2013 Aug 22.

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