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Mark D. Gustafson

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Deputy General Counsel for Health Affairs

Mark D. Gustafson serves as Deputy General Counsel for Health Affairs for Duke University and Health System Counsel for Duke University Health System (DUHS).

In 1991, Gustafson accepted an offer to return to Duke as a member of the University Counsel’s Office and assumed responsibility for various regulatory and transactional matters involving Duke University Hospital and the School of Medicine.

Gustafson has been involved in all phases of the development of the Duke University Health System, including the formation of Duke University Affiliated Physicians, the acquisition of the home infusion and hospice components of Duke Health Community Care, and the transactions that added Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital to the health system. 

Gustafson is a member of DUHS’s Executive Management Committee and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Durham Casualty Company and as a member of Duke’s Institutional Review Board (relating to oversight of medical research involving human subjects). He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and is a member of the Bar in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and North Carolina.

From 1986 until 1991, Gustafson practiced law with Fulbright & Jaworski in Washington, D.C. During that period, Gustafson specialized in health care regulatory issues and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Health Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. 

Gustafson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1982 and his law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1986.

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