Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship Trained for Shoulder & Elbow
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Dr. Ballard is a Board Certified Orthopedic surgeon with additional state-of-the-art fellowship training in complex hand surgery as well as shoulder & elbow. She specializes in the shoulder, elbow and hand. Her scope of practice ranges from arthritis care of the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, nerve compression syndromes like carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's, general orthopedic fracture care, pediatrics cases, complex shoulder replacements, arthroscopy, and complex joint replacements throughout the hand and upper extremity.
Dr. Ballard completed her general orthopedic surgery residency and additional bioengineering research at University of California at San Diego, then traveled to University of Florida for the only fellowship program in the U.S.A. that includes both the latest hand surgery techniques from pediatric to microsurgery, as well as complex shoulder and elbow replacements for arthritis. She received her medical degree from University of Illinois as 1 of 2 students sponsored by the state by a scholarship program where she had previously graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Honors Biology and Chemistry.
No stranger to injuries and rehabilitation herself, Dr. Ballard sustained an ankle fracture as well as tendon lacerations in two separate seasons as a high school varsity athlete and team captain. Not allowing this to slow her down, she still enjoys running on the beach and remaining active while raising a beautiful little girl with her husband. She volunteers for a local organization named Girls on the Run (gotrsd.org), and has participated in a national congenital limb differences camp (handstolove.org).
You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Ballard at the Alvarado/SDSU location or Sorrento Valley/UCSD office.
University of Illinois, Champagne
B.S. Honors Biology, B.S. Chemistry
University of Illinois, Chicago
Doctor of Medicine
University of California, San Diego
General Orthopedic Surgery
University of Florida
Orthopedic Hand & Upper Extremity
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
California Medical Association
San Diego County Medical Association
GRANTS & AWARDS
AAOS-RJOS Resident Research Award 2009
Orthopaedic Trauma Association Grant Recipient 2008
Illinois General Assembly Tuition Scholarship 2003-2005
American Institute of Chemists Award 2001
Chancellor Scholar, James Scholar, Campus Honors Program 1997-2001
Phi Beta Kappa 2000-2001
Washington University Radiopharmaceutical Research Fellowship 2000
UCSD Professorship “Effect of Tibial Plateau Fractures on Joint Lubrication” 2012
AAOS RJOS “Comparison of Synovial Fluid in Trauma and Disease” 2009
Western Orthopaedic Association “Comparison of Synovial Fluid in Trauma and Disease” 2008
Ballard BL. Life in the Body. Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine 2010 Oct.
Bae WC, Payanal MM, Chen AC, Hsieh-Bonassera ND, Ballard BL, Lotz MK, Coutts RD, Bugbee WD, Sah RL. Topographic Patterns of Cartilage Lesions in Knee Osteoarthritis. Cartilage 1(1): 10, 2010.
Wang, ML, Ballard, BL, Kulidjian, AA, Abrams, RL. Upper extremity reconstruction with a humeral tumor endoprosthesis: A novel salvage procedure after multiple revisions of total shoulder and elbow replacements. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 20(1): e1, 2011.
Ballard, BL, Antonacci, JM, Temple-Wong, MM, Hui, AH, Schumacher, BL, Bugbee, WD, Schwartz, AK, Girard, PJ, Sah, RL. Effect of Tibial Plateau Fracture on Lubrication Function and Composition of Synovial Fluid. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery American 94(10): e64, 2012.
VOLUNTEER & TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Girls on the Run, Assistant Coach 2013
Essentials of Clinical Medicine Course,Teaching Assistant 2005-2006
National Youth Leadership Foundation,Faculty Advisor for Medicine 2003
Humanities in Medicine, President and Vice-President 2002-2004
Joshua Homeless Women’s Shelter Medical Team 2002-2003
Medical School Free Clinics 2001-present
Public Health Outreach, Campus Honors ProgramTravel Grant, Guatemala 2000
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
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5555 Reservoir Dr, Ste 104
San Diego, CA 92120
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La Mesa, CA 91942
230 Prospect Pl, Ste 210
Coronado, CA 92118
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San Diego, CA 92121