Radiation Oncologist

Matthew Ballo, MD, FACR

Specialty Area
Radiation Oncology
East Campus
7945 Wolf River Boulevard
Germantown TN 38138 901.683.0055
An internationally recognized radiation oncologist, Matthew T. Ballo, MD, FACR, joined West Cancer Center from the University of Texas MD Anderson.

Titles and Roles

  • Director, Radiation Oncology, West Cancer Center
  • Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, West Clinic Radiation Oncology Group
  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Ballo is a recognized academic leader in the treatment of malignant melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma, but is an experienced clinician who treats patients with cancers of any site.


Dr. Ballo has played an important role in expanding the Radiation Oncology program at West Cancer Center and advancing clinical excellence in the Mid-South. He is the founding chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and leads a department that includes six highly trained radiation oncologists, as well as a full complement of staff including radiation physicists, therapists, and dosimetrists. He is also developing a Radiation Oncology residency program. Dr. Ballo has interest in wellness and survivorship and plans to implement new programs for patients receiving radiation therapy. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Radiology, American Society of Clinical Oncologists, and the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Education and Training

Dr. Ballo earned his M.D. from the top-rated Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, in 1995. He completed his clinical internship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland in 1996 and finished his clinical residency at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2000, where he then rose to Professor of Radiation Oncology. In 2006, Dr. Ballo was asked to serve as MD Anderson’s Director of Radiation Oncology services within the regional care centers, where he was responsible for physician promotion and career development, operations, and expanding its research and educational components.


  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society, 1995
  • Ivan E. Shalit Prize for Excellence in Patient Care, 1995
  • Anderson Associates Travel Grant Award, 1998
  • First Prize Gilbert H. Fletcher Award, Gilbert H. Fletcher Society, 1998
  • First Prize Gilbert H. Fletcher Award, Gilbert H. Fletcher Society, 1999
  • Excellence in Cancer Patient Education Award, Cancer Patient Education Network, 2011


To learn more about the Radiation Oncology Research Program and its areas of focus, click here.


To view Dr. Ballo’s recent publications, click here.



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