Alan Balch, PhD

Patient Advocate Foundation


Dr. Balch began his role as Patient Advocate Foundation’s CEO in July 2013, succeeding founder Nancy Davenport-Ennis in day to day management and onsite leadership for Patient Advocate Foundation. From 2006 - 2013, he served as the Vice President of the Preventive Health Partnership -- a nation-wide health promotion collaboration between the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association. Prior to his work with the Preventive Health Partnership, Dr. Balch was the Executive Director of Friends of Cancer Research

Dr. Balch is currently a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer for the Center for a New American Dream. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation. Dr. Balch is a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Wellness and Health Promotion Advisory Committee and serves on the Advisory Board for both the Patient Resource Cancer Guides and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. 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.

He earned his PhD 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; his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in biology in 1994 from Trinity University in San Antonio. While pursuing his master’s degree, Dr. Balch worked as a grant writer for The Nature Conservancy of Texas and, while completing his doctoral work, he taught undergraduate courses in political science, public policy and economics as a teaching fellow at UC Santa Cruz.