Meet Dr. Glen Balch
Associate Professor in Surgical Oncology

Glen Balch, M.D., does not back down from a challenge – especially when a cancer patient comes to him for a second opinion, after being told that his or her tumor is inoperable.

My grandmother had rectal cancer. That’s why I believe in compassionate care for my patients. I understand exactly what they’re going through from a patient and family member’s perspective.”

Dr. Balch is one of eight surgical oncologists on the nationally recognized gastrointestinal cancer team at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Simmons Cancer Center. He specializes in complex colon, rectal, and peritoneal cancers, particularly those that have spread to other organs. He is also Associate Professor of Surgery in the Surgical Oncology Division and Director of Lower Gastrointestinal Cancer Programs.

Dr. Balch has been using robotic technology for rectal cancer since 2007, so he’s considered an expert in the procedure. He says there will be more advances in robotics and minimally invasive procedures for colon and rectal cancers, which will make it easier for surgeons to remove the tumors.

He has several projects in the works at UT Southwestern, including programs for peritoneal chemotherapy and advanced pelvic malignancies, or cancer that has spread to pelvic organs (vagina, uterus, prostate, and bladder).

Dr. Balch strongly believes in compassionate care and has even experienced GI cancer on a personal level: His grandmother died from rectal cancer when he was younger. It’s partly why he specializes in GI cancers, and he says it helps him relate to his patients and their family members.

Clinical Interests/Specialties

  • Rectal cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Peritoneal disease
  • Appendiceal cancer
  • Robotics and minimally invasive procedures for colon and rectal cancers
  • Advanced pelvic malignancies, including recurring rectal cancers
  • Locally advanced rectal cancer, or rectal cancer invading other organs
  • Rectal cancer that spreads to other organs in the pelvis (vagina, uterus, prostate, bladder)