Dr. Balaban is originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area.He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (1973) and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (1977). He would do his internship year at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and Bi-County Community Hospital. Following that year, Dr. Balaban did an Internal Medicine residency in his hometown at Allegheny General Hospital. He began his career in Hematology and Medical Oncology with fellowship training at University of Texas Southwester in Dallas, Texas. He would remain on the faculty staff at UT Southwestern until 1994. Dr. Balaban subsequently relocated to community practice in Pennsylvania first in an independent practice and then as part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center network. He is the Medical Director of a community oncology practice in State College, PA and is on the faculty as Professor of Medicine at the Penn State Cancer Institute and Penn State College of Medicine.
Dr. Balaban is deeply involved in Medical Oncology serving on several boards and committees within American Society of Clinical Oncology.He has published extensively in the oncologic literature including a number of widely referenced treatment guidelines pertinent to the practice of Medical Oncology. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Oncology Practice. Dr. Balaban is devoted to health policy issues affecting hematology/oncology as well as the overall medical community. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and represents Medical Oncology at the AMA House of Delegates. He is a frequent visitor/advocate on Capitol Hill for ongoing federal issues as well as state-related medical practice issues that may be affected by state legislation in Harrisburg, PA.