Satish Gopal

MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, Clinical Research

Satish Gopal

Clinical Assistant Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Clinical Research

UNC Project-Malawi

CV or Biosketch

Area of interest

I am a board certified medical oncologist and infectious disease physician, appointed in the UNC Divisions of Hematology-Oncology and Infectious Diseases. I have been based full time in Malawi since August 2012, and previously lived in Tanzania from 2007 until 2009. I am the Director of the Cancer Program at UNC Project-Malawi. In this capacity, I support involvement of our 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 prospective lymphoma cohorts 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, 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. I am additionally supported by an inaugural Fellowship Award from the AIDS Malignancy Consortium. I am principal investigator of 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 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. I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, and help lead cancer-related teaching for Malawian medical students during their core clinical year. Finally, I am principal investigator for the UNC-Malawi Cancer Consortium focused on herpesvirus-associated cancers, supported by a U54 award from the National Cancer Institute and Fogarty International Center.


Awards and Honors

1993-1997  Davie Scholar, UNC-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 Fellows Award

2013 AIDS Malignancy Consortium Fellow (inaugural year)

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