Peter Allen in his lab coat standing in front of wood arches
Peter Allen, MD, PhD

Allen Named DUHS Vice President for Cancer Services


Peter Allen, MD, performs the Whipple Procedure to remove diseased tissue from the pancreas.
Peter Allen, MD, in the surgical suite

Peter J. Allen, MD, has been named Duke University Health System Vice President for Cancer Services, effective June 1, 2023. Allen will oversee clinical cancer care for Duke, working closely with Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Executive Director Michael Kastan, MD, PhD. 

Allen was recruited to Duke in 2018, and currently serves as the chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. He specializes in gastrointestinal cancer surgery in his clinical practice, and his research lab focuses on pancreatic cancer. 

Allen was recently named the David C. Sabiston Jr. Distinguished Professor of Surgery for his achievements in scholarly excellence and, as Owens noted, "is known by colleagues nationwide as an accomplished surgical oncologist, researcher, medical educator, and mentor."

Prior to joining Duke, Allen served as vice chair of operations within the Department of Surgery and associate director of the Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) where he had also completed his surgical oncology fellowship. Prior to joining MSK, he completed his internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

four people in medical lab
Peter Allen, MD (left) with some of the members of The Allen Lab (left to right): Austin Eckhoff, MD (Resident); Beth Bronson (Clinical Research Coordinator); Ashley Fletcher, MSc (Bioinformatician & Lab Manager)
This page was reviewed on 05/17/2023