W. Perry Ballard, III, MD
W. Perry Ballard, III, MD was born at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up in Atlanta and attended Westminster Schools for 13 years, graduating in 1970. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
His grandfather, Dr. Murdock Equen was a prominent ENT physician practicing at his own hospital on Ponce De Leon Road from 1930 until his death in 1966. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps Dr. Ballard graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1978 where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship and residency at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center. After residency, he did a yearlong fellowship in Infectious Disease at the Tufts – New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He then returned to New York where he did a three year fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Cornell. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is Board certified in both Hematology and Medical Oncology.
At completion of his training, Dr. Ballard joined the faculty at Cornell University Medical College where he attained the rank of Assistant Professor of Medicine. He was in the practice of Hematology and Oncology at The New York Hospital for three years prior to returning to Atlanta. In 1987 Dr. Ballard and Dr. Charles Henderson founded Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C.
Dr. Ballard has been elected to represent the medical staff on the Piedmont Medical Center Board of Trustees. He has served as Secretary of the Medical Staff of Piedmont Hospital as well as the Chairman of the Cancer Committee. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the American Cancer Society. On numerous occasions, he has been listed as one of the “Top Doctors” in his field in Atlanta Magazine as well as being listed in the directory of “Best Doctors in America”.
Dr. Ballard has three sons and one daughter. He and his sons are avid fans of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. When time allows, he is interested in travel, golf and tennis.