Arif Kamal, MD

Arif Kamal MD, MBA, MHS, FACP, FAAHPM, FASCO is the Physician Quality and Outcomes Officer for the Duke Cancer Institute and an Associate Professor of Medicine, Business Administration, and Population Health Sciences in the Division of Medical Oncology and Section of Palliative Care at Duke University. As a fellowship-trained palliative medicine physician and medical oncologist, Dr. Kamal studies the link between delivery of high-quality palliative care and improved patient, caregiver, and health system outcomes. He has research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, National Cancer Institute, and Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts on palliative care, oncology, and healthcare quality in JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology, and others.

Dr. Kamal serves in several national capacities in the areas of healthcare quality and palliative care. He is a Past Chair for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Committee and Co-Chairs the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Quality Committee and its e-Measures Workgroup. He has also serves on the AMA-PCPI Measures Advisory Council and Cancer Technical Expert Panel, and The Joint Commission’s Palliative Care Quality Measures project, and National Quality Forum Geriatrics and Palliative Care Standing Committee. He was also recently elected to the AAHPM Board of Directors, named a national “40 under 40” in palliative care, and honored as an Academy Visionary by the AAHPM.

Dr. Kamal completed Internal Medicine residency and Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Duke University. He holds a Masters in Health Sciences in Clinical Research (MHS) from the Duke Clinical Research Training Program and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.