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Sophie J. Balk, MD

Practice Specialty
Montefiore Medical Center
Board Certified
Main Location
Montefiore Medical Group-Comprehensive Family Care Center (CFCC)
1621 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461-2604
Phone: (718) 405-8040
Fax: (718) 405-8091
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The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
3415 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467-2403
Phone: (718) 741-2450
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Montefiore Weiler Hospital
1825 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461-2301
Phone: (718) 405-8090
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Montefiore Medical Center
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467-2401
Phone: (718) 920-4321
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Academic Title
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Administrative Title
Attending Physician
Clinical Focus
Dr. Balk focuses on general pediatrics, pediatric environmental health, pediatric tobacco issues and skin cancer prevention.
Research Focus
Dr. Balk concentrates her research on pediatric environmental health, pediatric tobacco issues and skin cancer prevention.

1. Balk SJ, Dreyfus N and Harris P.  Examination of genitalia in children: The remaining taboo. Pediatrics 1982: 70:751-753.

2. Balk SJ, Christoffel KK and Bijur PE: Pediatricians’ attitudes towards motherhood    during residency.  American Journal of Diseases of Children 1990; 144:770-777.

3. Balk SJ: Just like mommy.  American Journal of Diseases of Children 1990; 144:1076.

4. Balk SJ: Book Review of Environmental Health by D. Mueller.  Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, February 1994.      

5. Staes CJ, Balk SJ, Ford K, Passantino R and Torrice A: Environmental factors to consider when designing a child’s a day care environment.  Pediatrics, 1994:(Suppl.):1048-1050.                                                                                                                                                                                
6. Roye CL and Balk SJ: Evaluation of an intergenerational program for teenage mothers and their mothers.  Maternal Child Nursing 1996; 24:32-40.

7. Roye CL and Balk SJ: The relationship of partner support to outcomes for teenage  mothers: A Review.  Journal of Adolescent Health 1996; 19:86-93.                                    

8. Roye CL and Balk SJ: Caring for pregnant teens and their mothers, too. Maternal Child Nursing Journal 1997; 22:153-157.      

9. Balk SJ, Landesman LY and Spellmann M: CDC lead guidelines: Do pediatricians know them?  The Journal of Pediatrics 1997; 131:325-332

10. Balk, SJ.  Resources for Pediatricians.  In Paulson, J,(Ed)  Pediatric Clinics of North  America, “Environmental Health”, October 2001; 48:1099-1011 WB Saunders, Philadelphia PA .

11. Etzel RA, Balk SJ, Landrigan P, Reigart JR. Environmental health for practicing pediatricians. Indian Pediatr. 2003; 40:853-860.

12. Goldman LR, Falk H, Landrigan PJ, Balk SJ, Reigart JR, Etzel RA. Pediatric Environmental Health and its Impact on Government Health Policy.  In The Vulnerability and Sensitivity of the Developing   Embryo, Infant, Child, and Adolescent to the Effects of Environmental   Chemicals, Drugs and Physical Agents as Compared to the Adult: The Importance of the Stage of Development and the Magnitude of the Exposure. Weitzman M and Brent R, Eds. Pediatrics2004 (Supplement); 112: 1146-1157.

13. Balk SJ, O’Conner K, Saraiya M. Counseling parents and children on sun protection: a national survey of pediatricians.  Pediatrics 2004; 114: 1056 – 1064.                

14. Trasande L, Schechter C, Falk R, Graber N, Boscarino J, Dunkel G, Geslani J, Kaplan-Liss E, Moline J, Miller  RK, Korfmacher K, Carpenter D, Balk SJ, Laraque D, Frumkin H, Landrigan PJ.  The Environment in Pediatric Practice: A Study of New York Pediatricians' Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices towards Children's Environmental Health.  Journal of Urban Health 2006; 83:760-72.

15. Liebelt EL, Balk SJ, Faber W et al. NTP-CERHR expert panel report on the reproductive and developmental toxicity of hydroxyurea. Birth Defects Res B Dev Reprod Toxicol. 2007; 80:259-366.                    

16. Balk SJ, Geller AC.  Teenagers and artificial tanning.  Pediatrics 2008;121:1040-1042.

17. Roberts JR, Balk SJ, Forman J, Shannon M. Pediatric Environmental Health: Confidence in Teaching and Barriers Reported by Faculty. Academic Pediatrics 2009; 9:129 – 30.

18. Balk SJ and the AAP Committee on Environmental Health and Section on Dermatology. Technical Report: Ultraviolet Radiation: A Hazard to Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics 2011; 127:e791 – 817.

19. Balk SJ (Lead Author) and the AAP Committee on Environmental Health and Section on Dermatology. Policy Statement: Ultraviolet Radiation: A Hazard to Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics 2011; 127: 588 – 597.

20. Geller AC, Fisher DE, Balk SJ. Stemming the tanning bed epidemic: time for action. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network 2012; 10: 1311 – 1313.

21. Balk SJ, Fisher DE, Geller AC:  Stronger laws are needed to protect teens from indoor tanning. Pediatrics 2013 131: 586 – 588

22. Balk SJ, Fisher DE, Geller AC:  Indoor tanning: a cancer prevention opportunity for pediatricians. Pediatrics 2013; 131: 772 – 785

23. Hession ME, Campbell SM, Balk SJ, Cummins DL. Pediatricians’ perspectives on indoor tanning.  Pediatric Dermatology 2013; 30: 626 – 627.                                                                            

24. Gosis B, Sampson BP, Seidenberg AB, Balk SJ, Gottleib M, Geller AC.  Comprehensive Evaluation of Indoor Tanning Regulations: A 50-state Analysis, 2012.  Journal of Investigative Dermatology 2014;134:620-7.

25. Severe obstructive sleep apnea in a child with melanocortin-4 receptor deficiency. Pillai S, Nandalike K, Kogelman Y, Muzumdar R, Balk SJ, Arens R. J Clin Sleep Med 2014;10(1):99-101


Sophie Balk, MD, is a general pediatrician practicing at the community-based Comprehensive Family Care Center in the Bronx, NY.  Her academic work focuses on pediatric environmental health issues and integrating those issues into pediatric practice. Dr. Balk is a former chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) national Committee (now Council) on Environmental Health.  She also served as associate editor of all three editions of Pediatric Environmental Health, a manual for clinicians published by the AAP, and is the associate editor of the 4th edition, as well.

Dr. Balk founded and was chairperson of the Academic Pediatrics Association Special Interest Group on Environmental Health, and served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the AAP Provisional Section on Tobacco Control and represents the AAP on the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. She has written and lectured extensively about smoking cessation, sun safety and other environmental health issues relevant to clinical practice.

Dr. Balk received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine completed her pediatric internship and residency at Montefiore.