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Barbara Burtness, MD

Anthony N. Brady Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Chief Translational Research Officer, Yale Cancer Center; Chief, Head and Neck Cancers/Sarcoma; Co-Leader, Developmental Therapeutics, Yale Cancer Center; Associate Cancer Center Director for Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center

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Barbara Burtness, MD

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Barbara Burtness, MD is Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) at the Yale School of Medicine, Chief Translational Research Officer, and Associate Cancer Center Director for Translational Research at the Yale Cancer Center. She serves as Co-Leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program, Division Chief for Head and Neck/Sarcoma Oncology, and Director of the Yale Head and Neck Specialized Program of Research Excellence. Dr. Burtness is internationally recognized for her research in head and neck cancer. She chairs the ECOG-ACRIN Cooperative Group Head and Neck Cancer Therapeutics Committee and the ECOG-ACRIN Task Force for the Advancement of Women, and leads national and international trials of targeted therapy in head and neck cancer. Her laboratory studies synthetic lethal therapeutic strategies in head and neck cancer and the targeting of aurora kinase A to overcome adaptive resistance to EGFR inhibition and - in lung cancer- to direct KRAS inhibition.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (1993)
  • Residency
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1989)
  • Internship
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1987)
  • MD
    SUNY at Stonybrook (1986)
  • AB
    Bryn Mawr College (1982)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Leadership in Diversity, Equity and InclusionYale Cancer Center2023
Yale Cancer Center Clinical Science PrizeYale Cancer Center2020
Wharton LecturerPrincess Margaret Cancer Center2019
Robert L. Krigel Award, Excellence in Teaching and Clinical OncologyFox Chase Cancer Center2012
Top DoctorU.S. News and World Report
Best Doctors in AmericaBest Doctors

Professional Service

ECOG-ACRINChair, Task Force on Advancement of Women2021 - Present
ECOG-ACRINChair of the ECOG-ACRIN Head and Neck Therapeutics Committee2006 - Present

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