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Balaji (Bobby) S. Charlu MD

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22 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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16300 Sand Canyon Ave,
Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92618
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Balaji (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 and Sports Medicine. 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 also enjoys giving back to the community by serving as the team doctor for the University High School football team in Irvine.

Dr. Charlu is assisted by Lindsay Baumhefner PA-C.

Education & Training

MEDICAL EDUCATION: Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine (Medical Doctor)
INTERNSHIPS: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School (Internal Medicine)
RESIDENCY: Baylor College of Medicine (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chief Resident )
FELLOWSHIP: University of Michigan (Interventional Pain Management Fellowship)
- Emerging Technologies Spine Education Summit
- International Spine Interventional Society | Advanced Lumbar and Discography Workshop
- ASIPP Interventional Techniques Review Workshop
- International Spine Interventional Society | Radiofrequency Ablation
- International Spine Interventional Society | Cervical Interventional Techniques Workshop
- Medtronic Neurostimulator Workshop
- Northwestern EMG and Neuromuscular Medicine Board Review
- RIC Sports and Medicine Spine Symposium
- Spine Injection Workshop at Baylor College of Medicine
- Joint Examination and Injection Workshop at Baylor College of Medicine
- Prosthetics & Orthodics Workshop at Dynamic Orthotics

Areas of Interest

Dr. Charlu specializes in the following procedures:

  • Lumbar/cervical/thoracic epidural steroid injections
  • Lumbar/cervical facet joint injections
  • Lumbar/cervical facet medial branch rhizotomy (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • Cervical stellate ganglion sympathetic blocks
  • Lumbar discography
  • Sacroiliac, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, wrist joint injections

In addition, Dr. Charlu does cervical and lumbar neuromodulation surgical implantation for persistent neuropathic pain for syndromes including:

  • Failed laminectomy syndrome (Failed back surgery syndrome - FBSS)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Severe painful peripheral neuropathy
  • Sciatica without surgically corrected lesion

Awards & Recognitions

- Baylor College of Medicine: Lewis A. Leavitt Memorial Research Award (2004)
- Baylor College of Medicine Critical Research Review (2003)
- NIH-Society of Pediatrics Research Scholarship (2000)
- Michigan State Wilber C. Wright Memorial Research Scholarship (1999)
- Michigan State Leonard J. Luker Memorial Scholarship (1998)
- Michigan State Academic Spartan Scholarship Program (1996)

Other Specialties or Certifications

BOARD CERTIFICATION: American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
SUB-SPECIALTY CERTIFICATION: Pain Medicine Subspecialty Board Certification
SUB-SPECIALTY CERTIFICATION: Sports Medicine Subspecialty Board Certification


  • International Spine Interventional Society (ISIS)
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)
  • Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
  • American Academy of Physicians of India (AAPI)

Our Locations

(949) 722-7038

Physician Offices

Huntington Beach

19582 Beach Boulevard, Suite 306
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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16300 Sand Canyon Ave, Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92618

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Mission Viejo

South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc.
26730 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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Newport Beach

22 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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