Barbara Burtness, MD

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

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Medical Oncology: Subset Medical Oncology Faculty

Status of Women in Medicine Committee (SWIM)

Yale Cancer Center: Developmental Therapeutics | Head and Neck Cancers Program | K12 Calabresi Immuno-Oncology Training Program (IOTP) | Yale CTAP

Yale Medicine


Barbara Burtness, MD is Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) at the Yale University 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

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, Internal Medicine (1989)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (1993, recertified: 2016)

Honors & Recognition

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

  • Top DoctorU.S. News and World Report

  • Best Doctors in AmericaBest Doctors

Professional Service

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

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Contact Info

Barbara Burtness, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Cancer CenterSmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven
35 Park Street, Ste NP - 4

New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
Medical Oncology25 York Street
PO Box 208028

New Haven, CT 06520-8028