Satish Gopal, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine

Specialty Areas

Global oncology; HIV-associated malignancies; lymphoma


BA: University of North Carolina, 1997; MD: Duke University, 2001; Medicine-Pediatrics Resident: University of Michigan, 2001-2005; Hospitalist Clinician-Educator, Norwalk Hospital, 2005-2007; Pediatric AIDS Corps Physician, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, 2007-2009; Infectious Disease and Medical Oncology Fellow: University of North Carolina, 2009-2012; Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2013-2017; Associate Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2017-present.

Personal Statement

Broadly, I am interested in developing innovative and resource-appropriate approaches to prevent, diagnose, treat, and palliate cancer in the most resource-limited settings in the world. I lead a multidisciplinary research group in Malawi, comprised of senior and junior US and Malawian collaborators, who work toward this overarching goal with many regional and international partners. I have lived in Malawi since 2012, since which time I have been the only certified medical oncologist in a country of ~18 million people. I currently serve as Cancer Program Director and Associate Scientific Director for the longstanding UNC Project-Malawi clinical research site.

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