Charles M. Balch MD, PhD, Oral History Interview, December 17, 2018

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Charles M. Balch MD, PhD, Oral History Interview, December 17, 2018

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Major Topics Covered:

  • Surgery at MD Anderson: history of; key figures in early years; shifting focus to subspecialization, surgical oncology perspective, and evidence-based practice; recruitments; training programs; and evolving strength of Division
  • Division of Surgery, creation and evolution Department of Surgical Oncology: evolution of, development of research mission within Disease-site reorganization
  • Prevention: creation of Division Charles LeMaistre: vision for MD Anderson; strategic plan; working with Texas Legislature; legacy
  • Leadership: traditions of at MD Anderson; personal experience of; executive roles beyond the institution

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BalchC_03_20181218

Publication Date

12-17-2018

Publisher

The Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas Cancer Center

City

Houston, Texas

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Topics Covered

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas System. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute

Disciplines

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oncology | Oral History

About the Interview

About the Interview Subject:

Charles Balch (b. 24 August 1942, Toledo, OH) was recruited to MD Anderson in 1985 to serve as Head of the Division of Surgery and Anesthesiology and Chair of the Department of Surgical Oncology (1985-1993). He went on to serve several administrative roles, including VP for Hospitals and Clinics (’93-‘94) and Executive VP for Health Affairs (‘94 – ‘96). Dr. Balch was instrumental in reorganizing breast cancer care as the first multi-disciplinary organ site clinic in the institution and the US. He left the institution in 1997 to serve in executive leadership roles in other institutions, then returned in 2016, when he focused on mentoring. Dr. Balch is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

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