Faculty Profile

Glen Balch, MD

Glen C. Balch, MD, MBA

Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory






American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Balch is the inaugural chief of the Emory Division of Colorectal Surgery. He received his MD degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, completed his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and completed surgical oncology and colorectal surgical oncology fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Before joining Emory, he was at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he directed the surgical oncology program as well as Parkland Memorial Hospital's Surgical Oncology Clinic. Prior to that he was at Feinberg School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Balch's specialties include surgical robotics, honed by supervising the surgical oncology robotics program at UT Southwestern for seven years, and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC), an innovative cancer treatment that delivers highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy directly to the abdomen, which allows for higher doses of chemotherapy than systemic chemotherapy delivery.


View Dr. Balch's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital

  • Emory Clinic


  • MD, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Class of 1998

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 1998-2005

  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 2005-2007

  • Colorectal Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2006-2007

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Colorectal Cancer Editorial Board, Annals of Surgical Oncology

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, Member GI Cancer Committee

  • North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

  • Society of Surgical Oncology, Annual Symposium Scientific Program Committee

  • Honorary Member of the Hellenic Society of Surgical Oncology

Honors and Awards

  • Emory SOM Excellence in Patient Care Award 2020, The Emory Clinic (achieved the 99th percentile for Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores for the fiscal year)

Special Interests

  • Surgical management of colon and rectal malignancies

  • Robotics

  • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC)