Dr. Balis is a Board-certified pathologist with subspecialty boards in Clinical Informatics, who has maintained longstanding interest in the intersection of engineering, computational approaches and the practice of medicine. He is a professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan and currently serves as the director of the Division of Pathology Informatics, in the Department of Pathology. This division is noteworthy for being one of the few such academic information technology divisions operating in support of pathology while being housed wholly within a pathology department itself.
He has active, NIH R01-supported research initiatives in several areas of pathology and medical informatics, including machine learning and use of encoded data, image-based analytics, machine vision tools for histopathology, image-based search algorithms and federated enterprise data architectures with all of these areas serving as rich training substrate for a growing and thriving pathology fellowship program. He has delivered over 200 invited presentations, nationally and internationally, on various topics related to pathology informatics, image analysis and data analytics.