Alan Balch, Ph.D.
Dr. Balch brings a decade of executive leadership in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on consensus-building and collaboration to his position as Chief Executive Officer of Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation. He has led numerous federal advocacy efforts over the years on a range of issues both at the legislative and regulatory level. For example, he helped to organize and lead a coalition that successfully fought for improvements in the regulatory process for the review of cancer drugs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He also contributed key concepts and statutory language to important provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
From 2006-2013, he served as the Vice President of the Preventive Health Partnership -- a nationwide health promotion collaboration between the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association. Under Dr. Balch’s leadership, the groups collaborated across numerous program areas including a quality improvement initiative known as The Guideline Advantage designed to provide performance feedback to physicians across various quality measures. Prior to his work with the Preventive Health Partnership, Dr. Balch was the Executive Director of Friends of Cancer Research.
Dr. Balch serves on the Board of the Directors for the Patient Advocate Foundation, the National Patient Advocate Foundation, and Fight Colorectal Cancer. He also is on the Advisory Board for both the Patient Resource Cancer Guides and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.
He earned his Ph.D. in environmental studies in 2003 from the University of California, Santa Cruz; his master’s degree in environmental sciences in 1997 from the University of Texas in San Antonio; and his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in biology in 1994 from Trinity University in San Antonio.