Dr. Raphael 'Tito' Balbino

Raphael 'Tito' Balbino

Dr. Tito Balbino

Geriatrics Fellow

Tito Balbino, MD, is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He lived in the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (Wondeful City) until he was 12 when he moved to the US with his family in 1996.  Tito lived in California for the next decade where he finished his undergraduate studies in Human Biology at the University of California at San Diego. 


From there, he went to Medical School in Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago and recently finished his Family Medicine training at Duke University.  He is very excited for the opportunity and privilege to care for older adults and is loving every moment of his fellowship at UNC.  The thought of a career in Geriatrics first began while a medical student when Tito was a MSTAR student at UCSF and worked with Dr. Theresa Allison, a practicing Geriatrician. His research project involved spending time as a trained volunteer and observer at an End-Stage Dementia Unit at the Jewish Home, a nursing home in San Francisco.  Since this wonderful opportunity, he has had the joy of working with several Geriatricians at UIC, Duke and UNC who have truly inspired him to seek a career after their own. 


Some of Tito's interests include doing dementia and caregiver burden, home visits, polypharmacy, end of life discussions and family dynamics for the Geriatric population.  When Tito is not involved with patient care or scholarly projects, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 6 years and his three children (ages 5 months to 4 years!), listening to music and playing musical instruments (drums and guitar), reading the Bible, listening to interesting podcasts, socializing with friends and family personally and via skype (we have family members around the country and the world) and taking road trips to new places.  Our plans for next year, as of now, are to move to the state of Florida in order to practice Geriatric Medicine full-time.