Kamna Singh Balhara, M.D., M.A.

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  • Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Languages: English, French, Hindi


Emergency Medicine


Kamna Balhara, M.D., M.A., is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and associate program director of the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program. 

After graduating from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Balhara completed her residency training at the Johns Hopkins emergency medicine program, where she served as chief resident. During residency, she completed her Focused Advanced Specialized Training in global emergency services. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Balhara served as the assistant residency program director at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for two years before returning to Johns Hopkins in 2018.

Dr. Balhara’s academic interests include medical education, global emergency medicine, access to care and the medical humanities

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  • Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2012)


  • Emergency Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine (Emergency Medicine) (2017)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Mistry B, Stewart De Ramirez S, Kelen G, Schmitz PSK, Balhara KS, Levin S, Martinez D, Psoter K, Anton X, Hinson JS. Accuracy and Reliability of Emergency Department Triage Using the Emergency Severity Index: An International Multicenter Assessment. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 May;71(5):581-587.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.09.036. Epub 2017 Nov 24. PMID: 29174836

Balhara KS, Silvestri DM, Tyler Winders W, Selvam A, Kivlehan SM, Becker TK, Levine AC; Impact of nutrition interventions on pediatric mortality and nutrition outcomes in humanitarian emergencies: A systematic review. Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review Group (GEMLR). Trop Med Int Health. 2017 Dec;22(12):1464-1492. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12986. Epub 2017 Nov 20. Review. PMID: 28992388 

Balhara KS, Peterson SM, Elabd MM, Regan L, Anton X, Al-Natour BA, Hsieh YH, Scheulen J, Stewart de Ramirez SA. Implementing standardized, inter-unit communication in an international setting: handoff of patients from emergency medicine to internal medicine. Intern Emerg Med. 2018 Apr;13(3):385-395. doi: 10.1007/s11739-017-1615-y. Epub 2017 Feb 3. PMID: 28155017

Balhara KS, Hsieh YH, Hamade B, Circh R, Kelen GD, Bayram JD. Clinical metrics in emergency medicine: the shock index and the probability of hospital admission and inpatient mortality. Emerg Med J. 2017 Feb;34(2):89-94. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2015-205532. Epub 2016 Nov 24. PMID: 27884923

Balhara KS, Stolbach A. Marine envenomations. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2014 Feb;32(1):223-43. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2013.09.009. Review. PMID: 24275176

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