Barbara Ann Burtness, MD

Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Clinical Research Program Leader, Head and Neck Cancers Program ; Co-Director, Developmental Therapeutics Research Program; Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)

Departments & Organizations

Developmental Therapeutics

Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Program


Barbara Burtness, MD, has joined Medical Oncology at Yale Cancer Center, and will serve as Co-Leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program and Clinical Research Program 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 and was Chief of Head and Neck Oncology.

Education & Training

MD SUNY at Stonybrook (1986)
AB Bryn Mawr College (1982)
Fellowship Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Residency Yale-New Haven Hospital
Internship Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine (1993)

Honors & Recognition

  • Top DoctorU.S. News and World Report

  • Best Doctors in AmericaBest Doctors

  • Robert L. Krigel Award, Excellence in Teaching and Clinical OncologyFox Chase Cancer Cener (2012)

Professional Service

  • Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Head and Neck Therapeutics Committee ECOG-ACRIN (2006 - 2019)

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Contact Info

Barbara Ann Burtness, MD
Patient Care Location
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale - New Haven
35 Park Street

New Haven, CT 06511
Office Location
Yale Medical OncologyYale-New Haven Hospital
20 York Street, Ste Smilow Cancer Center-7th Floor

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale Medical Oncology25 York Street
PO Box 208028

New Haven, CT 06520-8028