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Barbara Burtness, MD

Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Interim Associate Cancer Center Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Disease Aligned Research Team Leader, Head and Neck Cancers Program; Co-Leader, Developmental Therapeutics, Yale Cancer Center

Contact Information

Barbara Burtness, MD

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Medical Oncology

    25 York Street, PO Box 208028

    New Haven, CT 06520-8028

    United States



Barbara Burtness, MD is Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) at the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center. She serves as Co-Leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program and the Disease Aligned Research Team Leader for Head and Neck Cancer. Dr. Burtness is internationally recognized for her research in head and neck cancer. She chairs the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Head and Neck Cancer Committee, and leads national and international trials of targeted therapy in head and neck cancer. She comes to Yale from Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she co-led the Developmental Therapeutics Program, was Chief of Head and Neck Oncology and served as Associate Director for Clinical Research.

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
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 of the ECOG-ACRIN Head and Neck Therapeutics Committee2006 - Present

Departments & Organizations