Mark D. Gustafson came to Duke in 1991. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Health Affairs for Duke University and Health System Counsel for Duke University Health System. His responsibilities in that role included various aspects of health care law – general commercial, corporate, regulatory and compliance, research-related issues and matters involving Duke University Hospital, the School of Medicine and Duke University Health System. Mr. Gustafson was 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 Durham Regional Hospital and Duke Health Raleigh Hospital to the Health System. Mr. Gustafson was a member of DUHS’s Executive Management Committee from 1999 until 2021, 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). From 1986 until 1991, Mr. Gustafson practiced law with a prominent global law firm in Washington, D.C. During that period, Mr. Gustafson specialized in healthcare regulatory issues, and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Health Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.
Mr. 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. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research.