Courtney Balentine, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

  • Division of Endocrine Surgery


  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • MPH, University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX
  • Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Fellowship, Research, Houston Center for Quality of Care & Utilization, Houston, TX
  • Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Endocrine Surgery
  • Implementation Science Certificate Program, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Balentine is a board-certified endocrine surgeon specializing in hernia repairs, dialysis outcomes, and endocrine surgery for veterans.

Research Interests

Dr. Balentine’s research is focused on inguinal hernia surgery in older adults and acute care for the elderly and veterans.

Recent Publications

  • Don't chase the adenoma: A probabilistic approach to imaging before parathyroidectomy.
    Lunardi N, Jacob A, Elfenbein D, Schneider DF, Long K, Holoubek SA, MacKinney E, Chiu A, Sippel RS, Balentine CJ
    Surgery 2024 May; 175(5): 1299-1304
    [PubMed ID: 38433078]

  • The risks of failed nonoperative management of appendicitis in older adults.
    Lunardi N, Marten E, Sharath S, Kougias P, Pham TH, Balentine CJ
    Am J Surg 2024 Jan 29;
    [PubMed ID: 38320887]

  • Is nonoperative management of appendicitis safe and effective in multi-morbid patients?
    Lunardi N, Meier J, Pham TH, Zarzaur BL, Agarwal S, Sharath S, Kougias P, Balentine CJ
    Surgery 2024 Feb; 175(2): 258-264
    [PubMed ID: 38040596]

  • Assessing a Structured Mental Fitness Program for Academic Acute Care Surgeons: A Pilot Study.
    Bhat SG, Nagaraj M, Balentine C, Hogan T, Meier J, Prince H, Abdelfattah K, Zeh H, Levi B
    J Surg Res 2024 Mar; 295: 9-18
    [PubMed ID: 37956507]

  • Can We Improve the Quality of Quality Improvement?
    Balentine C
    JAMA Surg 2023 Nov 01; 158(11): 1184
    [PubMed ID: 37610763]

All Publications on PubMed