Dr. Leslie Ballas is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology at USC Norris Cancer Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in New York, and her Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her internship in General Surgery at Weill-Cornell University in New York, and her residency in Radiation Oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
After residency, Dr. Ballas spent time on the faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center treating hematologic malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma). She has considerable experience treating this patient population. Because many lymphomas are highly curable, management of long term side effects from treatment is essential. She uses a variety of treatment techniques and modalities to minimize radiation dose to normal structures, thereby minimizing late effects from treatment. She also has a great deal of experience working with cutaneous lymphomas and the management of this category of lymphomas.She is the principal investigator on a multi-site clinical trial in the treatment of painful bone disease from multiple myeloma.
Dr. Leslie Ballas also specializes in cancers of the genitourinary tract, including malignancies of the prostate, urinary bladder, testicle, and kidney. Her research has focused on improving quality of life for men with prostate cancer. She is involved in the development of cancer treatment clinical trials for patients with genitourinary cancers and has brought multiple genitourinary cooperative group studies to USC. Dr. Ballas’ interests include advanced technology integration into cancer therapeutics, including image-guide radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT).