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Satish Gopal

Satish Gopal

  • M.D., M.P.H.
  • Clinical Research

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • gopal@med.unc.edu
  • 265-1-755-056
  • UNC Project-Malawi, Private Bag A-104, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Link to CV or NIH biosketch

Area of Interest

I am a board certified medical oncologist and infectious disease physician, jointly appointed in the UNC Divisions of Hematology-Oncology and Infectious Diseases. I have been based full time in Malawi since August 2012. I previously lived and worked in Tanzania from 2007 until 2009. I currently serve as the Director of the Cancer Program at UNC Project-Malawi. In this capacity, I support the involvement of our Lilongwe Clinical Research Site in several NIH-sponsored multinational clinical trials, including two ongoing phase III studies of Kaposi sarcoma treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. I am principal investigator for one of the first, large, prospective lymphoma cohort studies in sub-Saharan Africa, supported by a K01 award from the Fogarty International Center, as well as a genomic characterization of lymphomas occurring in Malawi using next generation sequencing methods, supported by an R21 award from the National Cancer Institute. I oversee research activities and provide mentorship to Malawian and US trainees working on a variety of common cancers in this setting, including breast, head and neck, esophagus, Kaposi sarcoma, and cervix, supported by developmental awards from the Fogarty International Center, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UNC Center for AIDS Research. I am additionally supported by one of only two inaugural Fellowship Awards from the AIDS Malignancy Consortium. I serve as principal investigator for a large HIV-associated lymphoma cohort study in the Centers for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical System (CNICS), an NIH-supported collaboration of eight major academic centers in the United States. I am a member of the Cancer Working Groups for CNICS, and also for the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) network, an NIH-supported consortium consisting of HIV cohorts worldwide. Finally, I am appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, and together with Malawian consultant colleagues in the Department of Medicine, help lead cancer-related teaching for Malawian medical students during their core clinical year.

Awards and Honors

1993-1997 Davie Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2001 Hippocratic Oath Ceremony Student Speaker, Duke University School of Medicine

2001 Intern of the Month, University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine

2004-2005 Chief Resident, University of Michigan Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

2012 Lineberger Clinical Fellows Award

2012 Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

2013 AIDS Malignancy Consortium Fellowship (inaugural year)

2013 North Carolina Cancer Hospital Endowment Fund Award