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Daniel M. Balkin | Education

Undergraduate School

Northwestern University

2004, Evanston, IL

Medical School

Yale University School of Medicine

2013, New Haven, CT


University of California at San Francisco

2019, San Francisco, CA


Hand and Microsurgery

The Buncke Clinic

2020, San Francisco, CA


Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Boston Children's Hospital

2021, Boston, MA

Daniel M. Balkin | Professional History

Dr. Daniel M. Balkin was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He went on to earn MD and PhD degrees from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. His PhD dissertation focused on unraveling the genetics and basic molecular pathways responsible for Lowe syndrome, a rare X-linked disease.

Dr. Balkin pursued residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. In recognition of his clinical service at UCSF, Dr. Balkin was awarded the Krevans Award as well as the UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award. Following residency, Dr. Balkin completed fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at The Buncke Clinic in San Francisco, California, where he developed expertise in traumatic hand injuries, replantation, limb salvage, and complex microvascular reconstruction. He secured further fellowship training in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Balkin integrates an academic clinical practice with an emphasis on basic and translational research. He cares for patients with various craniofacial, pediatric plastic surgery, hand, and vascular anomaly-related conditions. His research focuses on genetic discovery and on discerning the pathomechanisms of disease. Dr. Balkin is devoted to tracking and pursuing clinical problems in the laboratory environment, and to leveraging such discoveries and innovations in the clinic to improve patients’ lives.

Daniel M. Balkin | Publications

When I reflect on why I chose a career in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, it’s the meaningful experiences caring for patients and families that truly stand out. Whether repairing a congenital deformity or restoring what is lost to trauma or disease, I am committed to helping children. I believe there is no greater impact than changing the trajectory of a child’s life.