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Dr. Glen Balch

Dr. Balch joined the Department of Surgery at the UT Southwestern Medical School and the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in the middle of 2009, to lead the colon and rectal cancer programs. He received his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, and received his M.D. from The University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1998. His surgical residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center was completed in 2005. While at Vanderbilt, he worked with the chairman of Surgery, Dr. R. Daniel Beauchamp, investigating abnormalities in cell signal transduction pathways in colon and rectal cancers. In 2005, he began a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In addition, he completed a fellowship in Colorectal Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College under the direction of Drs. Doug Wong and Jeffrey Milsom. After completing his fellowships, Dr. Balch joined the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and practiced for two years at Evanston Northwestern Hospital in the division of Surgical Oncology. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal malignancies, with a focus on colon and rectal cancer, including primary, recurrent, and metastatic disease to the liver. Furthermore, he has an expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including laparoscopic colectomies, robotic assisted procedures, and transanal endoscopic microsurgery. His research interests include minimally invasive surgical techniques in the treatment of cancer patients and the use of biomarker analysis for patient selection and individualized treatment.

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Mar 18 2010
Twelve Key Questions When Planning for Rectal Cancer Treatment

Expert Analysis Highlights: The decision-making for cancers of the rectum can be more complex than any other cancer Decisions about the initial treatment are often very complicated and require the tre...