Christa Balanoff, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Program Director, Department of General Surgery
Breast Surgery Division
Dr. Christa Balanoff, MD, MHPE, FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery and an Associate Program Director of the Department of General Surgery in the Breast Surgical Oncology Division at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Balanoff has dedicated her surgical practice to the treatment of breast disease, particularly breast cancer. She is honored to bring together the art, heart, and science of medicine as part of the KUMC family.
Dr. Balanoff grew up in a military family, which brought the good fortune of living throughout the United States and across the globe. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She then moved to Texas, where she earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. During her senior year, Dr. Balanoff was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She received her medical degree in 1996 and relocated to Indianapolis, IN, completing her general surgery training at Indiana University in 2002.
Since that time, she has dedicated her surgical practice to the care of patients with benign and malignant breast disease. She was in private practice in Indianapolis and Overland Park for over a decade prior to joining the KUMC family in 2013. Returning to an academic practice reignited her passion for teaching, mentoring, and the advancement of clinical research. She is honored to be an Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Department at KUMC, and enjoys working with both residents and medical students in their journey.
When she is not caring for her patients or working for the advancement of resident education, Dr. Balanoff enjoys spending time with her husband, two wonderful children, and lovable dog. An avid reader and aspiring world traveler, Dr. Balanoff relishes quiet moments and new opportunities to explore with her family.