The annual lecture is supported by the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center’s Joseph Calello Melanoma Research for the Cure Fund, which was created to honor physicians and to provide funding for melanoma education and research at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center.
“Dr. Balch has led a distinguished career as a clinical and academic surgical oncologist for the past 41 years, and is a leading authority on both melanoma and breast cancer,” said Eric Whitman, MD, medical director, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care and founding director of the Atlantic Melanoma Center. “We thank Dr. Balch for sharing his expertise and we are grateful to have generous philanthropic support of this annual lecture, which always sheds new light on advances in the treatment of melanoma.”
Dr. Balch serves as professor of surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. He has made significant contributions to laboratory research in tumor immunology and human T lymphocyte differentiation. He is author of more than 760 publications, which have been cited over 24,000 times in the biomedical literature (an average of 59 citations per article, h-index of 73). He has lectured in more than 40 countries and at most of the major academic centers in the United States.
Dr. Balch is the founding editor-in-chief of the Annals of Surgical Oncology, which is recognized as the world’s leading journal in its field, with over 11,000 surgical and library subscribers in 110 countries. He is also editor-in-chief for Patient Resource’sCancer Guides. The publisher distributes more than one million Cancer Guides (with 21 different titles) to cancer patients each year.
Among Dr. Balch’s leadership positions have been executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (2000-2005), and president and CEO of the City of Hope National Medical Center (1996-1999). At The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, from 1985-1996, Dr. Balch served as executive vice president for health affairs, vice president of hospital and clinics, and head of the Division of Surgery, among other positions.
The lecture is presented by Atlantic Health System’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Atlantic Melanoma Center and the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.
Founded by Dr. Eric Whitman, the Atlantic Melanoma Center is an internationally recognized program specializing in the treatment of melanoma, as well as other rare or aggressive skin cancers. The center has opened a new office in Overlook Medical Center’s MAC II building. Surgical oncologist Irene Epelboym Rossmer, MD, will help Dr. Whitman lead the melanoma treatment team at Overlook Medical Center. The Atlantic Melanoma Center’s care team includes surgical oncologists from Atlantic Surgical Oncology who are skilled in the latest techniques for treating melanoma and other complex skin cancers; pathology and dermatopathology specialists with extensive experience with high-risk skin cancers; medical oncology specialists; reconstructive or plastic surgeons to help restore function and appearance post-surgery; and skilled oncology nurses with specialized training in melanoma treatment management.
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About Atlantic Health System Cancer Care
Atlantic Health System Cancer Care offers an unparalleled network of cancer specialists and resources for more than 70,500 patients annually through its flagship Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown and Overlook medical centers, as well as its comprehensive oncology programs at Chilton, Hackettstown and Newton medical centers. With more than 250 cancer specialists and medical professionals, all five hospitals and Atlantic Medical Group have been recognized nationally for their role in advancing the fight against cancer.
Atlantic Health System Cancer Care is the lead affiliate of Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium (AHCC) – the only New Jersey-based National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). Atlantic Health System is affiliated with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) of Phoenix, Arizona, and together they have created the Breakthrough Oncology Accelerator, a pioneering research and clinical collaboration designed to improve patient access to the most innovative and sophisticated therapies for cancer.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.
Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.
Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.
Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.