David Kirsch, MD, PhD, will join the Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) as Associate Faculty Director. Duke OPSD officially joined Duke CTSI in 2020. As part of the OPSD leadership team, Dr. Kirsch will work closely with Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, Associate Dean, Physician-Scientist Development and the OPSD Staff to lead the direction of programs designed to serve as a centralized resource for supporting training needs and early faculty transition of physician-scientists.
Dr. Kirsch has mentored a number of medical students, graduate students, MD/PhD students, residents, post-docs and clinical fellows, and he has received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Duke Graduate School.
As a practicing physician-scientist, Dr. Kirsch cares for bone and soft tissue sarcoma patients with radiation therapy in the Duke Cancer Institute. His research program spans the continuum from basic cancer research, to translational radiation biology, to clinical trials.
Dr. Kirsch is currently the Barbara Levine University Distinguished Professor at Duke. He also serves as Professor and Vice Chair of Basic and Translational Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology, as well as Professor in Pharmacology & Cancer Biology. Dr. Kirsch is also the co-leader of the Radiation Oncology & Imaging Program in the Duke Cancer Institute.
Dr. Kirsch’s laboratory utilizes sophisticated genetically engineered mouse models to study mechanisms of sarcoma development and the response of tumors and normal tissues to radiation. He has received a number of awards for his research including the 2010 Michael Fry Award and the 2017 J.W. Osborne Award from the Radiation Research Society. He is the recipient of an R35 Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute.