Balaji (Bobby) S. Charlu, MD
Balaji (Bobby) S. Charlu, M.D. is an Interventional Physiatrist who specializes in the non-operative management of orthopedic injury and minimally invasive spine care. As an avid tennis and soccer player growing up in Michigan, Dr. Charlu was naturally drawn to sports 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 spine outside of surgery.” In addition to basic spinal procedures, of which Dr. Charlu has performed more than 2000 epidurals and 300 EMG’s last year alone, Dr. Charlu brings a variety of advanced pain management techniques to Newport Orthopedics including radiofrequency ablation, discography, percutaneous discectomy, and spinal cord neuromodulation. He is currently active in Interventional Spine research, and has given numerous lectures at Mercy Hospital and the University of Iowa Medical Center during his association with the Steindler Orthopedic Clinic in Iowa City.
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 children in Newport Beach 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 – Mary Giberson
Phone: (949) 722-5025
Fax: (949) 630-4955
Mary 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 Mary 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 – Ivette Garcia
Phone: (949) 722-7038 x3586
Fax: (949) 630-4943
Ivette 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 Ivette directly.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Non-Operative Spine Care and Sports Medicine
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
- 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