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Dr. Charles M. Balch, oncologist, surgeon, and pre-eminent International melanoma and breast cancer expert, has devoted 35 years to trailblazing research and leadership positions in academic and clinical settings. is the inspired creation of Dr. Balch. His vision is to create the premier cancer blog for unique insights from leading experts so that visitors will be empowered to better understand and confront this disease.

He is a renowned teacher, lecturer, and mentor in the fields of surgery and Oncology, currently serving as Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Balch chairs the Melanoma Staging Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC). He is editor of the definitive textbook, Cutaneous Melanoma, and founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Surgical Oncology and Breast Diseases. He has led global efforts to build networks in outcomes research and clinical trials, authoring more than 670 publications on clinical investigations. His scientific publications have been cited in the biomedical literature in over 19,000 articles and he has lectured in more than 32 countries and most major U.S. academic centers. He was recently Professor of Surgery, Oncology and Dermatology at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, and earlier held leadership positions with UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, City of Hope National Medical Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. His distinguished career includes executive positions with the American Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Board of Surgery, the Association of Academic Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer, and the American Joint Committee on Cancer.

Dr. Balch is Editor-in-Chief of Patient Resource publications, including the Patient Resource Cancer Guide and the web-based material on our companion website

Dr. Thomas A. Buchholz is the Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program at the prestigious University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  He is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and holds the Frank T. McGraw Chair for the Study of Cancer. His major clinical and research interest has been in the field of breast cancer radiation oncology.  Dr. Buchholz’ research includes the role of radiation treatment in preventing breast cancer recurrence and whether certain genes may be able to predict how breast cancer responds to treatment. He has co-authored numerous breast cancer research articles in scientific journals, and has won several awards. He has been selected for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors since 2002. Dr. Buchholz received his M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA and his postdoctoral residency and fellowship training at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Marty Makary specializes in minimally-invasive cancer surgery and is an associate professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Makary is an active researcher, focusing on the delivery of health care and public health implications of new medical interventions.  He is a frequent medical commentator for CNN and FOX News, and speaks nationally on the subjects of healthcare quality, health policy, and cancer prevention. Dr. Makary led The United Nations World Health Organization (W.H.O.) technical work group to develop standardized health metrics to compare surgical outcomes across countries.  From his overseas experiences, Dr. Makary founded The Lotus Global Health Foundation®, a non-profit organization which supports humanitarian medical efforts in developing countries.

He is the author of “General Surgery Review”, a textbook of surgery, and over 100 scientific publications.  His research expertise includes high-risk populations, environmental health, and risk management in medicine.  He is internationally recognized for outcomes research and his work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine and The New York Times. In 2007, he was named the Mark Ravitch Endowed Chair in Gastrointestinal Surgery, becoming the youngest surgeon at Johns Hopkins to receive an endowed chair.

Dr. Makary holds degrees from Harvard University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Bucknell University. He completed surgical training at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.