Katherine Barnett Peters
Katherine Barnett Peters

Katherine Barnett Peters

Professor of Neurosurgery


Katy Peters, MD, PhD, FAAN is a 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, receiving an MD and Ph.D. 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 a fantastic 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 to treat primary brain tumors, her key interest is on clinical trials that focus on improving brain tumor patients' quality of life and cognition.   In 2019, the PRTBTC designated her as the Director of Supportive Care, thus furthering the PRTBTC and her committee to better the quality of life for brain tumor patients.   She is 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.


Professor of Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine

2023 School of Medicine

Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine

2022 School of Medicine

Professor in Neurology in the School of Medicine

2023 School of Medicine

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute in the School of Medicine

2013 School of Medicine


M.D. 2003

2003 Stanford University

Ph.D. 2003

2003 Stanford University

Intern, Medicine

2004 Johns Hopkins University

Resident and Fellow in Neurology, Neurology

2008 Johns Hopkins University

Fellow in Neuro-Oncology, Surgery

2009 Duke University

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