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Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group announces three new pediatric subspecialists

HomeNews and Events > Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group announces three new pediatric subspecialists

Varun "Bubby" Bhalla, MD, is the newest member in the division of Pediatric Surgery.

Bhalla is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). He completed his general surgery residency at MCG before completing a surgical critical care fellowship at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Bhalla then completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He specializes in critical care as well as minimally invasive surgery, with a focus on single-incision laparoscopic surgery. Bhalla comes to Columbia with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and music.

Pediatric hematologist/oncologist Stephanie Phillips Ambrose, DO, is now part of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

Ambrose is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and earned her medical degree at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech. She completed her pediatric residency at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and her fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She is excited to be back in her hometown. When not practicing medicine, Ambrose enjoys spending time with her husband, stepson and two puppies out on Lake Murray.

L. Alex Young, MD, has joined the division of Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Young was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and graduated medical school in 2011, completing her general pediatrics training in 2014; both at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. While in training she was a member of the Trauma Quality Improvement team at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Young began her training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2014, where she was a member of the hospital’s Mortality Review Committee. She also participated in the Centers for Disease Control’s Sudden Death in the Young project, where cases of SIDS and SUIDS were reviewed for the development of a surveillance registry. She has an interest in community outreach as well as advocacy at the local and state level. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and their rescue dog.

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