Dr. Balak works as a dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology of the LangeLand Hospital in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands and at the Department of Dermatology of the Ghent University Hospital in Ghent, Belgium, where he combines patient care with teaching responsibilities and research. His clinical interests are centered on the impact and management of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. His scientific interests include translational medicine, and clinical drug development and evaluation in the field of chronic immune-mediated inflammatory skin diseases, such as psoriasis. As a 2019 Fellow, he studied with Dr. Alice Gottlieb at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York and attended the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress. During his time in New York, he was able to observe Dr. Gottlieb’s clinics with complex and therapy-recalcitrant cases of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. He joined residents in didactics programs and ground rounds as well as participated in ongoing psoriasis-research projects (IDEOM).