Alfons J. M. Balm received his medical and Ph.D. degrees, respectively, in 1976 and 1982 from the Free University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His thesis was entitled “Mononuclear phagocyte function in head and neck cancer.” After his specialization in ENT surgery in 1982, he continued his career as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, The Free University Hospital, Amsterdam. In 1984, he worked on the production of monoclonal antibodies as a Visiting Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. In 1989, he moved to The Netherlands Cancer Institute and was appointed as the Chairman of the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cooperative Group of The Netherlands Cancer Institute and the Academic Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons of England. He accepted the extraordinary Chair of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, in 2003, and in the same year, he became an Honorary Member of the Indian Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology. His scientific interest is focused on translational research on prognostic/predictive markers, rehabilitation, and development of new treatment strategies. Professor Balm is a member of many international/national head and neck societies and presented basic and clinical research papers at many international meetings. He served as a Guest Editor of Diagnostic Oncology, the issue of Head and Neck Melanoma, and he is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the European Journal of Surgery. He authored/coauthored more than 165 peer-reviewed papers on a diversity of clinical scientific and translational research issues.
Biography Updated on 25 October 2009