Satish Gopal

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, UNC Associate Professor of Medicine, and Cancer Program Director for UNC Project-Malawi.

Satish Gopal

Clinical Research; Global Oncology

UNC Project-Malawi

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of Malawi College of Medicine

UNC Project-Malawi
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Area of interest

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.

More specifically, I am a medical oncologist and infectious diseases physician. I have lived in Malawi with my family since 2012, since which time I have been the only certified medical oncologist in a country of ~18 million people. I am an AIDS Malignancy Consortium investigator, a Cancer Working Group member for the Centers for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical Systems network (CNICS), and a Cancer Working Group member for the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) network. I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. I am PI for the Kamuzu Central Hospital Lymphoma Study, one of the first large clinical cohorts of lymphoproliferative disorders in sub-Saharan Africa. I am PI for the NIH U54 Malawi Cancer Consortium, a broad national effort focused on conducting and developing capacity for high-impact HIV-associated cancer research. I am PI for the NCI P20 planning grant to establish a Regional Center of Research Excellence for non-communicable diseases in Malawi. I am PI for an NCI supplement award to establish Malawi as a site for a planned Burkitt Lymphoma Trial Network, and I help lead Malawi participation in the NCI/IARC African Esophageal Cancer Consortium. I also recently co-chaired the NCI Global Health Working Group, which advised the NCI Director and National Cancer Advisory Board regarding the NCI global portfolio.

Awards and Honors

Davie Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hippocratic Oath Ceremony Student Speaker, Duke University School of Medicine

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

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

Lineberger Clinical Fellows Award

Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

Fogarty International Research Scientist Development Award

AIDS Malignancy Consortium Fellowship

North Carolina Cancer Hospital Endowment Fund Award

Top 200 Applicant, MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Program

Winter Commencement Speaker, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Invited Speaker, Fogarty International Center 50th Anniversary Scientific Symposium

Co-Chair, National Cancer Institute Global Health Working Group

Invited Speaker, Association of American Cancer Institutes

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