Newport Orthopedic Institute
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Balaji (Bobby) S. Charlu, MD

Dr. CharluBalaji (Bobby) S. Charlu, M.D. is an Interventional Physiatrist who specializes in the non-operative management of musculoskeletal and spine related disorders.  As an avid tennis and soccer player growing up in Michigan, Dr. Charlu was naturally drawn to sports and musculoskeletal medicine when choosing his medical specialty. “Physiatrists are experts in the rehabilitation of nerve, muscle, and bone injury. Treating injury, improving pain, and enhancing performance is the cornerstone of changing our daily movement and function. My goal is to offer any and all minimally invasive treatments to the sports and spine related pain outside of surgery.” In addition to performing basic spinal therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, Dr. Charlu brings a variety of advanced pain management therapies to Newport Orthopedics including radiofrequency ablation, discography, percutaneous discectomy, spinal cord neuromodulation, and regenerative PRP.  He is currently active in Interventional Spine research, and is a teaching faculty member of the North American Spine Society.

Dr. Charlu is Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) with sub-specialty Boards in Pain Management. Dr. Charlu attended Michigan State medical school and completed his residency in PM&R at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas where he was Chief resident. He completed his fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2006.

In his spare time, Dr. Charlu enjoys spending time with his wife and three children in Irvine in addition to his active participation in sports including tennis, running, biking and a new found passion for triathlons.

Dr. Charlu’s Team

Physician Assistant – Darren Richards, PA-C

Visit Darren’s page here to learn more about him.

Appointment Scheduler – Robbin Mozee

Phone: (949) 722-5025
Fax: (949)630-4955

Robbin is the appointment scheduler for Dr. Charlu. She is responsible for scheduling office appointments for the doctor. If you have a question about your visit to the office or new-patient paperwork, please contact Robbin directly.

 Triage Medical Department

If you have a clinical question about your care, medication, or follow-up needs, please contact the Triage Medical Department.

Phone: (949) 722-5035
Fax: (949) 630-4931

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Procedure Scheduler – Vanessa Acosta

Phone: (949) 722-7038 x3586
Fax: (949) 630-4943

Vanessa is the Procedure Scheduler for Dr. Charlu. She is responsible for coordinating and scheduling all out-patient procedures for the doctor. If you have any questions about your procedure, please contact Vanessa directly.

Primary Specialty

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Secondary Specialty

Non-Operative Spine Care and Sports Medicine

Medical Education

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine : 2001


Internal Medicine – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School : 2002


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chief Resident – Baylor College of Medicine : 2005


Interventional Pain Management – University of Michigan : 2006

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine Subspecialty Board
  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

In Practice Since



  • Member of International Spine Intervention Society
  • Member of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • Member of Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Diplomat of American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Fellow of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation