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Christa R. Balanoff, MD, MHPE, FACS

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Associate Professor, Surgery

Professional Background

Dr. Christa Balanoff is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center and completed her residency at Indiana University. Dr. Balanoff's goal is to meld the heart and science of medicine together and guide the patient in their journey throughout the treatment process. She focuses on the surgical treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the breast.

Education and Training
  • BA, Political Science, Newcomb College, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • Other, Health Profession Education, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City , MO
  • MD, Medicine, Univ of Texas HlthSciCtr-San Antonio, San Antonio, Tx
  • Residency, General Surgery, University of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery
  • Medical License KS Department of Healing Arts, State of Kansas
  • Medical Liscense, State of Missouri
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons, Question of the Week, Member, 2020 - Present
  • Association of Program Directors of Surgery, Member, 2020 - Present
  • Association of Surgical Education, Assessment, Curriculum, and Evaluation Committee, Member, 2020 - Present
  • Association of Surgical Education, Graduate Surgical Education Committee, Member, 2020 - Present
  • Association of Surgical Education, Member, 2019 - Present
  • Association of Women Surgeons, Member Services, Member, 2018 - Present
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, Member, 2015 - Present



Dr Balanoff has been excited to participate in the many ongoing national studies that is afforded by being an NCI designated cancer center. These opportunities enhance patient outcomes now and into the future. During her transition into academic medicine, Dr Balanoff obtained a Masters in Health Profession Education. One of the major reasons for pursuing this the acknowledgment of how different learners are today from past learners. Dr Balanoff felt it was incumbent to understand the learners needs and methods. She looks forward to applying the new gained knowledge for programmatic and curriculum development.

  • Tevar, Amit, Azuaje, Rafael., E, Micon, Larry., T, Balanoff, Christa. 2005. Chapter 15, Breast Surgery.§ionid=44271291#50736
  • Basik, Mark, Cecchini, Reena., S, De Los Santo, Jennifer., F, Umphrey, Heidi., R, Julian, Thomas., B , Mamounas, Eleftherios., P, White, Julia, Lucas, Peter., C, Balanoff, Christa, Tan, Antoinette., R, Weber, Joseph, Edmondson, David., A, Brown-Glaberman, Ursa., A, Diego, Emilia., J, Teshome, Mediget, Matsen, Cindy., B, Seaward, Samantha., A, Wapnir, Irene., L , Wagner, Jamie., L, Tjoe, Judy., A , Thompson, Alastair., M, Wolmark, Norman. 2020. Abstract GS5-05: Primary analysis of NRG-BR005, a phase II trial assessing accuracy of tumor bed biopsies in predicting pathologic complete response (pCR) in patients with clinical/radiological complete response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) to explore the feasibility of breast-conserving treatment without surgery. American Association for Cancer Research, 80 (4), GS5-05
  • Larson, Kelsey , Rios, Sammie, Amin, Amanda , Balanoff, Christa, Wagner, Jamie, Winblad, Onalisa . 2020. Breast incidental findings on abdominal and chest MRI. The Breast Journal, 26 (9), 1917-1919
  • Balanoff, Christa, Winblad, Onalisa. 2019. Incidental Breast Findings on Abdominal and Chest MRI: Cancer Detection Rates and Compliance with Follow-up Recommendations
  • Schnarr, Kenna, Fan, Fang, Amin, Amanda, Balanoff, Christa, Mammen, Joshua , Wagner, Jamie. 2017. Comparison of terminal duct lobular units in the nipple areolar complex by tumor subtypes-the implication for nipple sparing mastectomy. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 35 (15_suppl).
  • Sack, S, Wagner, J.L., Larson, K.E., Winblad, O.D. , Balanoff, C.R., Amin, A.L.. 2021. Does Addition of Breast MRI Add Value to the Diagnostic Work Up of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma?. Journal of Surgical Research, 257, 144-152
  • Shah, Ishani, Schumacher, Katelyn, Inciardi, Marc, O'Neil, Maura, Amin, Amanda, Balanoff, Christa, Wagner, Jamie, Larson, Kelsey. 2019. Evaluation of Imaging Nodal Staging for Breast Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 229 (4S1), S36-S37
  • Cullum, Melissa, Amin, Amanda., L, Balanoff, Christa., R, Wagner, Jamie, Larson, Kelsey., E. 2019. Evaluation of Surgical Complications after Single Agent vs Dual Agent HER2 Targeted Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 229 (4S2), e77
  • Khan, Q, Bardia, A, Bild, A, O'Dea, A, Kalinsky, K, Yuan, Y , Wisinkski, K, O'Regan, R, Trivedi, M, Winblad, O, Ma, C, Wagner, J, Amin, A, Larson, K, Balanoff, C, Nye, L, Diaz, F, Fan, F, Mahtani, R, Elia, M, Aripoli, A, Hoffmann, M, Inciardi, M, Makhoul, I , Tribitt, A, Hard, M, Crane, G, Wang, Z, Mudaranthakam, D, Dai, J, Dinkins, M , Jahanzeb, M, Redick, M , Segota, E, Vij, K, Huppe, A, LaFaver, S, Sanati, S, Urban, J, McKittrick, R, Ein-Gal, S , Sharm, P. 2019. Fel1ne: letrozole plus placebo compared to letrozole plus ribociclib as neo-adjuvant therapy for early breast cancer . SABCS
  • Limback, Darlene, Hong, Yan, Elsarraj, Hanan, Harper, Haleigh, Haines, Haley, Kaufman, Carolyn, Tawfik, Ossama, Ricci, Lawrence, Ricci, Joseph, May , Lisa, Cusick, Therese, Inciardi, Marc, Redick, Mark, Gatewood, Jason, Winblad, Onalisa , Amin, Amanda , Aripoli, Allison, Huppe, Ashley , Balanoff, Christa, Larson, Kelsey, Overman, Kelly, Meierotto, Ruby, Fields, Tim, Godwin, Andrew, Fan, Fang, Perry, John, Li, Linheng, Thompson, Jeffrey , Behbod, Fariba. 2019. Recapitulating the DCIS microenvironment in the MIND xenograft models . Mammary Gland Biology Gordon Research Conference