Satish Gopal

Satish Gopal, MDsatish

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
(Divisions of Hematology-Oncology and Infectious Diseases)
Cancer Program Director, UNC Project-Malawi


Phone: 265-1-755-056

I am trained as an infectious disease physician and medical oncologist, and am currently based full-time in Malawi, where I work clinically as one of the only oncologists in the country. My clinical and research interests focus on cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, including HIV-related malignancies. Current research projects include: leading a large US multicenter observational study of HIV-associated lymphoma; establishing one of the first large prospective longitudinal cohorts of lymphoma patients from sub-Saharan Africa in Malawi; collaborating with basic scientists to investigate possible genomic differences between HIV-associated lymphoma which occurs before and after antiretroviral therapy, in order to identify mechanisms of lymphomagenesis and therapeutic targets across these distinct settings. I also work closely with others to study the most prevalent cancers in Malawi, including lymphoma, cervical cancer, breast cancer, and Kaposi sarcoma, to gain biological insights into these tumors as well as to develop treatment strategies having acceptable efficacy, toxicity, and cost, which can be specifically tailored to this challenging setting.


M.D., Duke University, 2001
M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2005
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, 2005
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2011

Recent Publications

Faculty Biosketch