balentineUABAssistant Professor, Surgery, North Texas VA Hospital & The University of Texas Southwestern
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests

Dr. Balentine’s research program is focused on improving the quality of recovery from cancer surgery.  He is especially interested in designing systems to help older patients regain functional independence after surgery.  He is seeking to understand how the use of post-acute care services (home health, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term care) contribute to postoperative recovery.  The ultimate goal of his research program is to minimize disruptions to patients’ lives following cancer therapy.


Emory University, B.S. Biology

University of Texas, Houston, MPH

Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine, M.D.


General Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Research Fellowship
Health Services Research, Houston Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety

Endocrine Surgery, University of Wisconsin

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons 

Honors and Awards

  • 2011   Best Oral Presentation for Clinical Research, 35th Annual VA Surgeons Meeting
  • 2010   Reuel Stallones Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of Texas School of Public Health
  • 2010   Best Quick Shot Presentation for Clinical Research, 34th Annual VA Surgeons Meeting
  • 2010   Resident'Fellow Research Competition, Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract
  • 2009   Best Poster, Baylor Educational Showcase
  • 2009   Best Oral Presentation for Clinical Research, 33rd Annual VA Surgeons Meeting
  • 2006   Michael E Debakey Outstanding Student in Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2000-2006  Presidential Scholarship, Baylor College of Medicine


Notable Publications and Presentations