Ajay Balaram

Ajay Balaram MD

Dr. Ajay K. Balaram was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is listed as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor. He has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented his research at both national and international meetings. 

Prior to joining the team at HSA, Dr. Balaram was awarded a traveling scholarship and was accepted into the Upper Limb Sports Fellowship at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He lived and worked in Australia to further his specialty in sports injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand.

Background and Education

Dr. Balaram attended Creighton University for his undergraduate education, where he graduated with honors. He continued his studies at Creighton School of Medicine, serving as president of his medical school class and earning his M.D. degree in 2006. Dr. Balaram completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at Loyola University Chicago. He continued to specialize, completing the Kaplan Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship at New York University Hospital in Manhattan, New York. Following that, Dr. Balaram completed a second fellowship in Shoulder an Elbow Surgery with the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.

Dr. Balaram is fluent in English and Spanish.


  • NYU Langone Medical Center
    Hand Surgery, 2011 - 2012
  • Melbourne Orthopaedic Group
    Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2012-2013


  • Loyola Univ Medical Center
    Orthopaedic Surgery, 2007 – 2011

Medical School

  • Creighton University School of Medicine, 2006

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Certification, Surgery of the Hand


  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Honors & Awards

  • Chicago Magazine: Orthopedic: 2020
  • Chicago Magazine: Top Doctors: 2021, 2022
  • Chicago Magazine: Surgery: 2021
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