Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA

Dr. Balch leads a distinguished career as a surgical oncologist and authority in melanoma and breast cancer. He is Past-President of the Society of Surgical Oncology and Association of Academic Surgeons, and Past Executive Vice-President and CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr Balch has authored over 760 publications on topics such as clinical investigations involving the natural history of melanoma and breast cancer, prognostic factors predicting clinical outcomes, standards of surgical treatment, and the conduct and methodology of clinical research and immunology. He is regarded as one of the leading melanoma experts in the world. He has organized or participated in randomized surgical trials that have defined the current standards of melanoma surgery, and defined many of the components of melanoma staging. He is the editor of Cutaneous Melanoma, regarded as the authoritative textbook on melanoma, now in its 5th edition. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Surgical Oncology and is Past-Chair of the Melanoma Staging Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer, which determines the staging criteria for melanomas worldwide. He has held major leadership roles in 3 comprehensive cancer centers (University of Alabama Birmingham, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and City of Hope National Medical Center).