Tessa Balach, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Tessa Balach, MD

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine Interim Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

As an orthopaedic oncologist, Tessa Balach, MD, provides comprehensive surgical care for bone and soft tissue tumors. She treats a broad range of benign and malignant tumors in adults and children. As a member of the medical center's multidisciplinary physician team, Dr. Balach works closely with other experts to provide highly specialized, individualized care for patients with common and rare bone and soft tissue tumors. She also provides surgical care for metastatic bone disease, often stabilizing weak bones to prevent fractures associated with breast, lung, prostate or kidney metastases.

Additionally, Dr. Balach specializes in joint replacement surgery, with particular expertise in hip and knee replacement.

Also an active researcher, she currently leads and contributes to clinical studies designed to advance the comprehensive treatment and management of bone diseases and injuries. Dr. Balach serves as a mentor and instructor to medical students, residents and fellows. She has also authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals and medical publications, in addition to delivering presentations at numerous professional meetings.


Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program

Practicing Since

  • 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • New York Medical College


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • University of Chicago Medicine

News & Research

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