Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD

Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD

Before joining Flatiron, Dr. Abernethy was Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, and ran the Center for Learning Health Care in the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Cancer Care Research Program in the Duke Cancer Institute. For more than a decade, she has pioneered the development of technology platforms to spur novel advancements in cancer care, including the development of systems by which big data can support personalized medicine and scientific discovery. Joining Flatiron was the obvious next step.

Dr. Abernethy went to the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, and then medical school at Duke, where she also did her Internal Medicine residency, a year as Chief Resident, and her hematology/oncology fellowship. She has her PhD from Flinders University in Australia, focused on evidence-based medicine. As an oncologist and palliative care physician, she sincerely believes in putting the patient in the center of the healthcare story and ensuring that the solutions we build have patient best interests at heart. She is also a mother of two and an avid traveller. 

With over 375 publications, Amy is an internationally recognized expert in health services research, comparative effectiveness research, patient reported outcomes, clinical informatics and patient-centered care. She maintains her role at Duke 20%, and is an appointee to the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum, Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and leader within several federally-funded research networks. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Turning the Tide Against Cancer policy initiative. She also serves on the Board of Directors for athenahealth.