Dr. Balcueva was Past President of the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology in 2004-2006. He remains on the MSHO Board of Directors since 1999 and has assumed a new position as the MSHO Foundation President this year.
Ernie was born and educated in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1972, becoming a US citizen in 1986. He accepted a rotating flexible internship at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, Internal Medicine residency at McLaren General Hospital and Medical Oncology and Hematology fellowship at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine.
Since 1978, Dr. Balcueva has been an active member of the medical staff at Covenant HealthCare (St. Luke’s and Saginaw General Hospitals) and Past Chief of Staff and is currently at St. Mary’s of Michigan serving as Oncology Research Director since 2001. In addition to being a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Ernie is also a Principal Investigator for the Michigan Cancer Research Consortium/Community Clinical Oncology Program at St. Mary’s Seton Cancer Institute. He remains very active in the Saginaw medical community, having served as Past President and on the Board of Directors of the Saginaw County Medical Society. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Cancer Pain Initiative and the American Cancer Society, Saginaw Chapter.
As a solo practitioner since 1978, he has brought in the perspective and experience of community oncology practice to MSHO through the years, having served in consulting staffs at West Branch Regional Medical Center for 21 years and Huron Medical Center for 10 years.
Ernie’s wife, Leanne, is a dedicated oncology nurse and office manger and has supported him in all of his participation in outreach activities. The Balcuevas especially enjoy spending time with their four grown children, Elizabeth, Sarah, Daniel and Emily and are the very proud grandparents of their first grandson, Ethan Gregory, who just turned 20 months old. They spend much of their time together at their retreat in Northport in the Leelanau Peninsula and are great MSU Spartan fans.
MSHO remains fortunate to have this very busy, enthusiastic and devoted physician and leader.