Matthew T. Ballo, MD, Appointed Chair of the New Department of Radiation Oncology at UTHSC

Dr. Matthew Ballo has been appointed chair of the new Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Health Science Center

Dr. Matthew Ballo has been appointed chair of the new Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Health Science Center

David Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Matthew T. Ballo, MD, chair of the newly formed Department of Radiation Oncology.

Ballo, who began his duties at UTHSC in January, has been a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has also served as an adjunct assistant professor of radiation therapy in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Sciences in Houston.

“Dr. Ballo is recognized for his expertise in head and neck radiation oncology, as well as his vision for designing a radiation oncology enterprise of tomorrow.”
David Stern, MD

The College of Medicine has formed a new Department of Radiation Oncology, and in collaboration under the joint cancer initiative with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, UT and the West Cancer Center, we have recruited Dr. Matt Ballo as the founding chair and chief of Radiation Oncology in the cancer center,” Dr. Stern said. “Dr. Ballo is recognized for his expertise in head and neck radiation oncology, as well as his vision for designing a radiation oncology enterprise of tomorrow. In addition to developing clinical specialization within radiation oncology, he will promote training and research programs in medical physics and radiation oncology, and will be an integral member of the leadership team of the West Cancer Center.”

Dr. Ballo received his BA in biochemistry in 1991 from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland in 1995. He did his clinical internship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, and his clinical residency at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Having published 66 peer-reviewed, original research articles, his work also includes about three dozen invited articles, editorials, abstracts and book chapters. He is a member of the editorial review board and guest editor of Breast Diseases: a Yearbook Quarterly. He is a journal reviewer for publications, including the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics; International Journal of Cancer; Radiotherapy & Oncology; The Lancet Oncology; and Head & Neck.

Dr. Ballo is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology; the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.