Gayle Phadungchai Balba, MD| Infectious Diseases | MedStar Health

Gayle Phadungchai Balba, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (430 reviews)

Specialties: Infectious Diseases

Languages: English


About me

Gayle Balba, MD, is a board-certified Infectious Disease specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and an assistant professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. At MedStar Georgetown, she serves as director of the Hepatitis Clinic, Division of Infectious Diseases. Under her leadership, the clinic provides state-of-the-art clinical care for patients with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and co-infection with human immunodeficiency virus; training of infectious diseases fellows; and research programs in infectious diseases. Dr. Balba is also the program training director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship. Her research interests are in medical education, and she is currently investigating the role of social media in faculty mentorship of medical students.

Dr. Balba has participated as an investigator on several hepatitis studies. She is the principal investigator at the Georgetown site for the National Institutes of Health-funded AIDS clinical trials group, studying the use of Boceprevir in the treatment of patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C. The DC Developmental Center for AIDS Research has awarded her a grant to conduct FibroScan® research. Additionally, she is a subinvestigator on more than 15 clinical studies of HIV.

Dr. Balba has several publications in the field of HIV, including an article on ocular syphilis in HIV-infected patients and an article reporting the first case of etravirine-induced hypersensitivity reaction and fulminant hepatitis. She was recently invited to write a review on BK virus in renal transplant recipients, which was published in Infectious Disease Clinics of North America.

Dr. Balba is an active member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Greater Washington Infectious Diseases Society. She also is an active member of the Infection Prevention Program and Antibiotic Utilization Committees at MedStar Georgetown. 

Her medical degree is from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at MedStar Georgetown.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Cellulitis
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Malaria
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Mycobacterial Infection
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
  • Staphylococcus Infections
  • Travel Medicine
  • Travel Vaccination
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Acute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • ACute Cerebellitis (AC)
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Antibiotic Resistant Infections
  • Aspergillosis Infection
  • Babesiosis Infection
  • Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Bartonellosis Diseases
  • Brucellosis
  • Cellulitis
  • Cerebral Toxoplasmosis
  • Chagas Disease
  • Chronic Osteomyelitis
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Cryptococcal Meningitis
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Cytomegaloviral Infection
  • Cytomegaloviral Pneumonia
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Empyema
  • Encephalitis
  • Enterococcus Infections
  • Fever Of Unknown Origin
  • Fungemia
  • Genital Herpes, Male
  • Giardiasis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Helminthiasis
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Herpes Zoster Encephalitis
  • Herpetic Whitlow
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Hiv/Aids
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Infection From A Cat (BITE-SCRATCH)
  • Invasive Fungal Sinusitis
  • Joint Infection
  • Legionnaires Disease
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Leprosy
  • Leptospirosis
  • Leukocytosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Lymphangitis
  • Malaria
  • Maternal Infection
  • Meningitis
  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Methicillin Susceptible Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Miliary Tuberculosis
  • Mucormycosis
  • Multisystemic Disseminated Toxoplasmosis
  • Mycobacterial Infection
  • Mycobacterium Avium Complex
  • Mycoplasma Infection
  • Mycosis
  • Needle Stick Exposure
  • Neutropenia
  • Novel Coronavirus
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Craniofacial Skeleton
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Foot
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Hand
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Hip
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Lower Extremity
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Pelvis
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Rib
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Scapula
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Shoulder
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Spine
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Sternum
  • Osteomyelitis Of The Upper Extremity
  • Parainfluenza Infection
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Pneumocystis Carinii
  • Pneumonia
  • Post Infectious Arthritis
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection
  • Q Fever
  • Rickettsia Infection
  • Salmonella Infection
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
  • Spirochetal Infection
  • Sporotrichosis
  • Spotted Fevers
  • Staphylococcal Meningitis
  • Staphylococcus Infections
  • Streptococcal Infections
  • Streptococcal Meningitis
  • Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Syphilis
  • Tick Borne Infections
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Toxoplasmosis Encephalitis
  • Transplant Related Infection
  • Traveler's Diarrhea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Varicella
  • Varicella Encephalitis
  • Viral Encephalitis
  • Viral Infections
  • Viral Meningitis
  • West Nile Virus
  • Wound Infection
  • Zoonosis
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Procedures I perform

  • Anal Pap Smear
  • Antiretroviral Salvage Therapy
  • Flu Shot Vaccination
  • Hepatitis A Vaccination
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • HIV Testing
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination
  • Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination
  • Measles Vaccination
  • Meningitis Vaccination
  • Meningococcal Vaccine
  • MMR Vaccine
  • Novel Coronavirus Antibody Testing
  • Novel Coronavirus Testing
  • Pneumonia Vaccination
  • Polio Vaccination
  • Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP)
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Shingles Vaccination
  • Tetanus And Diphtheria Vaccine
  • Tetanus Diphtheria And Pertussis Vaccine
  • Travel Medicine
  • Travel Vaccination
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test
  • Typhoid Fever Vaccination
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination
  • Zika Virus Testing
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 5th Fl
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 877-665-8072

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    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
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    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • I-SNP
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
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    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
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    • United Choice Plus
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    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
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    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease

Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2003)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2001)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1999)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (1998)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Feb 22, 2024

    I like that she will consult with my other doctors if the problem has not just one cause.

  • Jan 26, 2024

    Loved Dr. Balba. Well versed in her field, compassionate and caring. Easy, informative visit.

  • Jan 12, 2024

    Dr. Gayle Balba is an excellent doctor - professional, knowledgeable, courteous, and took time to listen and answer questions. It Is always a pleasure to visit with her.