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Jay Michael S Balagtas, M.D. View profile as PDF

Jay Michael S Balagtas

Clinical Interests

Dr. Balagtas specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancers and blood disorders.

Research/Academic Interests

As the Principal Investigator of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) for UC Davis Medical Center, Dr. Balagtas oversees all the therapeutic pediatric cancer clinical trials available through the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Other research interests include the genetic changes underlying pediatric cancer and translation of these discoveries into effective clinical therapy.


Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology




Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Hemotology/Oncology Clinic
4501 X Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-5959
Phone: 800-362-5566

Additional Phone:

Phone: 916-734-2781
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, 1998
B.S., UC San Diego, La Jolla, California, 1994


United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 1998-99


United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 2001-03


Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital/Stanford University (Clinical Fellow) , Palo Alto, CA, 2006-07
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital/Stanford University (Research Fellow) , Palo Alto, CA, 2007-09

Board Certifications:

American Board of Pediatrics, 2003
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2011

Professional Memberships:

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Children’s Oncology Group

Select Honors and Awards:

Hyundai Scholar, 2011

Harry Lyon Machen Research Fellow, 2009

Susan and Lynn Orr LPCH Clinical Fellow in Hematology/Oncology, 2006

Letter of Appreciation, Commanding Officer, US Naval Hospital, Guam, 2004

Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2001

Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 2000

Designated Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer, 2000

Matthew P. Hagadus, M.D. Good Physician Award, 1998

Merck Manual Academic Achievement Award, 1998

Cor et Manus Community Service Award, 1998

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1997

Select Recent Publications:

Giacomini CP, Sun S, Varma S, Shain AH, Giacomini MM, Balagtas J, Sweeney RT, Lai E, Del Vecchio CA, Forster AD, Clarke N, Montgomery KD, Zhu S, Wong AJ, van de Rijn M, West RB, Pollack JR. Breakpoint analysis of transcriptional and genomic profiles uncovers novel gene fusions spanning multiple human cancer types. PLoS Genet 2013 Apr;9(4):e1003464.

Sanchez TR, Ducore J, Balagtas J, Molloy C, Wootton-Gorges SL. WARM N COLD: malignant and benign renal tumors in children. Emerg Radiol. 2014 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print].

Balagtas JM, Dahl GV. Therapeutic complications in a patient with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia and undiagnosed hereditary hemochromatosis. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Jan;58(1):101-3. doi: 10.1002/pbc.22829.

Sutherland SM, Hong DK, Balagtas J, Gutierrez K, Dvorak CC, Sarwal M. Liposomal amphotericin B associated with severe hyperphosphatemia. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2008 Jan;27(1):77-9.

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