Generally regarded as one of the leading melanoma and breast cancer experts in the world, Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, leads a distinguished career as a clinical and academic surgical oncologist. As revered teacher, astute administrator, and world-renowned speaker, he continues to build networks in the field of clinical trials and outcomes research. Over the past 30 years, he has authored more than 600 publications on topics that include clinical investigations involving the natural history of melanoma, prognostic factors predicting clinical outcomes, standards of surgical treatment, and the conduct and methodology of clinical research and immunology. Additionally, Dr. Balch is the editor of Cutaneous Melanoma, regarded as the authoritative textbook on melanoma. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Surgical Oncology; and is professor of surgery, division of surgical oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
Throughout Dr. Balch’s rewarding career, he has found the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to be an integral part of his success, and he and his wife, Carol, enjoy giving back through their generous contributions to the ACS Foundation. Dr. and Mrs. Balch enjoy choosing ACS priority areas that are most meaningful to them, stating, “The ACS Foundation is an important philanthropic organization, with a great mission, and an array of projects. We like the menu of giving opportunities available and the ability to designate our gifts.”
Most recently, they have supported the Thomas R. Russell Scholarship Fund, to honor Dr. Russell’s legacy, and the voluntarism initiative, Operation Giving Back, because it is “a meaningful way to facilitate surgical volunteers who are going to help the less fortunate with surgical needs throughout the world.”
Since becoming a Fellow, Dr. Balch has been an active participant in many ACS activities that are of interest to him, including the Commission on Cancer, ACS Oncology Group, the American Joint Commission on Cancer and the ACS Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to these volunteer activities, ACS has been an important outlet for his continuing medical education.
In summary, Dr. Balch affirmed that the ACS has been an “invaluable organization to me professionally throughout my career” and, therefore, he and Carol have made giving back a priority. “There are many charitable organizations with good causes, but Carol and I believe the ACS Foundation is one of the best ways to leverage our stewardship contributions into impactful projects, whether they are about education, career development, research, or outreach to the underserved.”
If you would like to join Charles and Carol in supporting Operation Giving Back or another program of the College, you can donate online or call the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338.