Executive and Continuing Professional Education

Ben Balough, MD

Specialty Advisor to the Surgeon General of the Navy
Navy Medical Center

Ben J. Balough, MD left his native Los Angeles to begin his Navy career upon graduating from the University of Southern California with a MD degree in 1989 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry there in 1985. He completed his surgical internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in June 1990 and from there proceeded to Pensacola Florida to begin flight surgery training. He served two tours as a flight surgeon with VAQ 34 as NAS Lemoore and VAW 110 at NAS Miramar logging over 100 hours in tactical jets and aboard aircraft carriers.

In 1994 he began his Otolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery training at Naval Medical Center San Diego graduating in 1998. It was here that he became part of the team investigating inner ear physiology and medical therapy. Upon graduation he served two years as a general Otolaryngologist at Naval Hospital Great Lakes. He was selected by the Navy for further training and completed his Neurotology and Skull Base fellowship at the Michigan Ear Institute in 2002. He returned to Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2002 serving as a staff physician until being appointed as Chairman of the department in 2005 he currently serves in that role as well as co-chair of the Navy Spatial Orientation Center and Chair of medical center’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Under his stewardship the Department’s annual research funding has grown to an annual amount of over $5million per year employing 7 PhD researchers and clinicians. Current projects include Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials for the prevention of noise induced hearing loss and fully implanted hearing devices, basic science investigations into blast and centrally mediated noise induced hearing disorders, and basic and clinical investigations of head injury related dizziness.