Dr. Satish Gopal

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Associate Professor
School of Medicine
Cancer Program Director
UNC Project-Malawi


Broadly, Dr. Satish Gopal is interested in developing innovative and resource-appropriate approaches to prevent, diagnose, treat and palliate cancer in the most resource-limited settings in the world. He leads a multidisciplinary research group in Malawi, comprised of senior and junior United States and Malawian collaborators, who work toward this overarching goal with many regional and international partners.

Dr. Gopal is a medical oncologist and infectious diseases physician. He has lived in Malawi with his family since 2012, since which time he has been the only certified medical oncologist in a country of ~18 million people. He is an AIDS Malignancy Consortium investigator, a Cancer Working Group member for the Centers for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical Systems network and a Cancer Working Group member for the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS network, an NIH-funded consortium of HIV cohorts worldwide.

Dr. Gopal is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. He is the principal investigator (PI) for the Kamuzu Central Hospital Lymphoma Study, one of the first large clinical cohorts of lymphoproliferative disorders in sub-Saharan Africa. He also is the PI for the National Institutes of Health U54 Malawi Cancer Consortium, a broad national effort focused on developing capacity for HIV-associated cancer research and conducting high-impact research for Kaposi sarcoma and lymphoma in Malawi. Additionally, Dr. Gopal is the PI for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) P20 planning grant to establish a Regional Center of Research Excellence for non-communicable diseases in Malawi and the PI for an NCI supplement award to help establish Malawi as a site for a planned Burkitt Lymphoma Trial Network. Gopal also leads Malawi participation in a new NCI/International Agency for Research on Cancer consortium for esophageal cancer.

Service Activities

- American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2005

- American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, 2005

- American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2011


  • MD, Medicine, Duke University, 2001
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000