Dr. Balagtas specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancers and blood disorders.
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.
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B.S., UC San Diego, La Jolla, California, 1994
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital/Stanford University (Research Fellow) , Palo Alto, CA, 2007-09
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2011
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.