Dr. Balserak promoted to brigadier general

James Balserak, M.D., F.A.C.S., with Southwest Surgery Associates, was promoted to brigadier general this past Friday at the 162nd Fighter Wing Arizona Air National Guard headquarters on Valencia.

In addition to his surgery practice here in Tucson, Balserak is assigned to the Assistant for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Force Health Protection and Readiness, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Balserak  has served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more info about his military work read this October 2008 article in the Tucson Citizen.

Balserak’s colleagues join him at his ceremony. From left to right, Dr. Thomas Rotkis, Dr. Daniel McCabe, Dr. Jolyon Schilling; Dr. Matthew Atlas; TMC President & CEO Judy Rich, Balserak, Dr. Gregory Robertson. Photo courtesy of Dr. Atlas.


  1. Roxanne Bacon says:

    Congratulations Dr. Balserak ~ so deserving!

  2. Merri Miller says:

    Congratulations General Balserak, job well done,

    Merri Violett-Miller

  3. Carolyn Pope says:

    That is so awesome and deserving. Congrats and Thanks for your service to US in so many ways!

  4. Ruthanne Blevans says:

    Can I have your autograph, please?

  5. Kathy Warren says:

    I am so proud of you for all you do for everyone, as my families #1 surgeon and as a person. You are a giving and caring man and I am proud to know you. Keep up the good work!

    Kathy Warren, Pathology

  6. Claire Aragon says:

    Congratulations! All those sacrifices and loving unselfish gifts and skill – I know of no one more deserving! Thank you for serving us all in so many ways! (We thank your wife and family, too!)

  7. awesome,great job.

  8. becky cole-bianchi says:

    Dr.Balserak congratulations! I just recently saw this article. You have always been such a kind and loving person. Your skill as my mother’s and myself’s physician is so greatly appreciated. As a co-worker it was always a pleasure to work with you. With much appreciation for your kindness and service. Becky Cole-Bianchi


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