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Katherine Barnett Peters

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Campus mail: 047 Baker House, Trent Drive, Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-6173
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Dr. Katy Peters, MD PhD FAAN is an associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (PRTBTC) at Duke.   Her academic medical career started at Stanford University School of Medicine where she received an MD and PhD in Cancer Biology.  After completing a neurology residency at Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship in cognitive neurosciences, Katy joined the PRTBTC as a neuro-oncology fellow.  In 2009, she became a faculty member at PRTBTC.  With an amazing team of nursing and advanced practice providers, she actively sees and cares for patients with primary brain tumors.  Her research interests include supportive care for brain cancer patients, cognitive dysfunction in cancer patients, and physical function and activity of brain cancer patients.   While she runs clinical trials for the treatment of primary brain tumors, her key interest is on clinical trials that focus on the improvement of quality of life and cognition for brain tumor patients.   In 2019, the PRTBTC designated her as the Director of Supportive Care, thus furthering the PRTBTC and her committee to bettering the quality of life for brain tumor patients.   She is very active in teaching medical school students, residents, fellows, and advanced practice providers and is the Program Director of the PRTBRC neuro-oncology fellowship.     She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties for neuro-oncology.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Neuro-Oncology, Surgery, Duke University, 2008 - 2009
  • Resident and Fellow in Neurology, Neurology, Johns Hopkins University, 2004 - 2008
  • Intern, Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 2003 - 2004
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 2003
  • M.D., Stanford University, 2003

Selected Grants and Awards