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Assistant Professor Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK Hospital
New Delhi, India India 110001
Dr Yatan Pal Singh Balhara is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry working with Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and SSK Hospital, New Delhi, India.
After completing his MBBS he did his residency training (MD) in Psychiatry from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. He has also qualified for the Diplomate of National Board (DNB) of the National Board of Examination (NBE) in Psychiatry. He has finished my three year senior residency from AIIMS in the year 2009. He has served as Specialist Psychiatrist at PGIMER and Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi, India for 14 month period before joining LHMC and SSK Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Dr Balhara was awarded VIDYA SAGAR GOLD medal award for the performance during residency (MD) in Psychiatry at AIIMS, New Delhi. I was also awarded Silver medal for securing the second position overall in the University in the first professional MBBS; Silver medal for securing the second position overall in the University in the final professional MBBS; Bronze medal for securing the maximum marks in Anatomy in the University MBBS;Bronze medal for securing the maximum marks in Gynaecology and Obstetrics in the University MBBS.
Hehas been involved in academic, clinical and research activities in field of Psychiatry and substance abuse. He has had the privilege to work with the UNODC and NACO on a National level project.
He has been serving on review board of various national and international journals.
2006- 2009: Senior Resident Doctor, Department of Psychiatry and De-addiction, AIIMS, New Delhi.
2009-2010- Specialist Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry and De-addiction, PGIMER and Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi
2011- May, 2012- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and De-addiction, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and SSK Hospital, New Delhi.
May 2012- onwards- Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, National drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, INDIA
His areas of research inlcude Psychiatry and Substance abuse.
Some of his latest publications include the following:
• Yatan Pal Singh Balhara. Prevention of Childhood onset Schizophrenia. Journal for the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Accepted for Publication).
• Raka Jain and Yatan Pal Singh Balhara. Impact of Alcohol and Substance Abuse on Adolescent Brain: A Preclinical Perspective. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 2010; 54(3): 213-234.
• Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Raka Jain, Anju Dhawan, Manju Mehta. Assessment of abuse liability of pheniramine among opioid dependent human subjects. Journal of Substance, 2010; Early Online: 1–12.
• Yadav Deepak , Dhawan Anju , Balhara Yatan Pal Singh and Yadav Seema. Occupational Rehabilitation of Opiate Users on Maintenance Treatment in India: A Microcredit-Based Approach. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions 2010, 10: 4, 413 - 422. DOI: 10.1080/1533256X.2010.522954
• Kato TA, Tateno M, Umene-Nakano W, Balhara YP, Teo AR, Fujisawa D, Sasaki R, Ishida T, Kanba S. Impact of biopsychosocial factors on psychiatric training in Japan and overseas: are psychiatrists oriented to mind, brain, or sociocultural issues? Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2010, Oct;64(5):520-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2010.02133.x.
• Prashanth R, Balhara YP, Sagar R. The pontomedullary region: role in affect, behavior, and appetite regulation. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2010 Spring;22(2):E14.
• Yatan Pal Singh Balhara. Notions of Mental Health and Disorders. In: Introduction to Health and Disorders, MCFT- 002: Mental Health and Disorders, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), 2010, New Delhi, pp 9-26.
• Yatan Pal Singh Balhara. Dimensions of Psycho-Social Stress and Coping. In: Introduction to Health and Disorders, MCFT- 002: Mental Health and Disorders, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), 2010, New Delhi, pp 27-39.
• Kato T, Tateno M, Nakano W, Balhara YP, Teo RT, Fujisawa D, Sasaki R, Uchida M. Re-evaluation of the "road to becoming a psychiatrist"--learning from the interaction with young psychiatrists from overseas. Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi. 2009;111(10):1226-33. PMID: 20155887
• Balhara YPS & Mathur S. Addiction versus dependence: carrying the debate forward. Journal of Opioid Management 2009; Jul-Aug;5(4):187.
Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Jatinder Mohan Chawla, Rajesh Sagar. Olanzapine induced tardive dystonia in case of adolescent bipolar disorder. Journal of Paediaric Neurosciences 2009; Jan-Jun 4: 30-32. DOI:
• Ambekar A and Balhara YPS. Harm reduction. In: Manual for Nursing students. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 2009.
• Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Rajesh Sagar, Jatinder Mohan Chawla. Undergaduate Psychiatry Training: Insights from Emergency Room. Delhi Psychiatry Journal 2010; October 13(2): 287-290.
• Yatan Pal Singh Balhara. References- Far from Uniformity: A Preliminary Study 2010; April 13(1): 182-183.
• Sonali Jhanjee, Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Hem Sethi. Tobacco use among drug dependent patients in treatment setting. Delhi Psychiatry Journal 2009; 12 (2): 247-251.
• Raka Jain and Yatan Pal Singh Balhara. Neurobiology of cannabis addiction. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2008; 52 (3): 217–232.
• Goyal V, Chawla JM, Balhara YP, Shukla G, Singh S, Behari M. Calcific myofibrosis due to pentazocine abuse: a case report. J Med Case Reports. 2008 May 17;2(1):160.
• Takahiro Kato, Toshiaki Baba, Kanna Sugiura, Masaru Tateno, Yatan Pal Singh Balhara et al. Asian Young Psychiatrists’ International Workshop in the 104th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology. WPA e-Bulletin Third Quarter (Jul-Sep)-2008.
• Jain R, Mukherjee K, Balhara YP. The Role of NMDA Receptor Antagonists in Nicotine Tolerance, Sensitization, and Physical Dependence: A Preclinical Review. Yonsei Med J. 2008 Apr;49(2):175-88.
Balhara YPS. Surrogate consent: why do we need it? Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Jul;164(7):1119.
• Anju Dhawan, Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Natasha. Adolescent substance abuse and suicide. J Indian Assoc. Child Adolesc. Ment. Health 2007; 3(2): 18-20.
• Balhara YPS. Catatonia or no catatonia: still beyond lorazepam/amobarbital. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Mar;164(3):525.
• Balhara Y, Sagar R, Varghese ST. Bleeding gums: duloxetine may be the cause. J Postgrad Med. 2007 Jan-Mar;53(1):44-5.
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