Peter A Ubel, MD

Professor of Business Administration
Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Professor of Medicine
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 100 Fuqua Dr, Box 90120, Room W309, Durham, NC 27708-0120
Phone (919) 660-8003
Email address peter.ubel@duke.edu

I am a physician and behavioral scientist at Duke University. My research and writing explores the quirks in human nature that influence our lives — the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect our health, our happiness and the way our society functions. (What fun would it be to tackle just the easy problems?)

I am currently exploring controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. I use the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision making and health care spending. My books include Pricing Life (MIT Press 2000) and Free Market Madness (Harvard Business Press, 2009). My newest book, Critical Decisions (HarperCollins), came out in September of 2012, and explores the challenges of shared decision making between doctors and patients.

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1988
  • B.A., Carleton College, 1984

Publications

Hunter, Wynn G., S Yousuf Zafar, Ashley Hesson, J Kelly Davis, Christine Kirby, Jamison A. Barnett, and Peter A. Ubel. “Discussing Health Care Expenses in the Oncology Clinic: Analysis of Cost Conversations in Outpatient Encounters..” J Oncol Pract 13, no. 11 (November 2017): e944–56. https://doi.org/10.1200/JOP.2017.022855.

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28834684
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Ubel, Peter A., Karen A. Scherr, and Angela Fagerlin. “Empowerment Failure: How Shortcomings in Physician Communication Unwittingly Undermine Patient Autonomy..” The American Journal of Bioethics : Ajob 17, no. 11 (November 2017): 31–39. https://doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2017.1378753.

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Jagsi, Reshma, Kent A. Griffith, Rochelle D. Jones, Abigail Stewart, and Peter A. Ubel. “Factors Associated With Success of Clinician-Researchers Receiving Career Development Awards From the National Institutes of Health: A Longitudinal Cohort Study..” Academic Medicine 92, no. 10 (October 2017): 1429–39. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000001728.

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28537950
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Lee, Clara Nan-Hi, Allison M. Deal, Ruth Huh, Peter Anthony Ubel, Yuen-Jong Liu, Lillian Blizard, Caprice Hunt, and Michael Patrick Pignone. “Quality of Patient Decisions About Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy..” Jama Surgery 152, no. 8 (August 2017): 741–48. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0977.

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28467530
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Vassy, Jason L., Kurt D. Christensen, Erica F. Schonman, Carrie L. Blout, Jill O. Robinson, Joel B. Krier, Pamela M. Diamond, et al. “The Impact of Whole-Genome Sequencing on the Primary Care and Outcomes of Healthy Adult Patients: A Pilot Randomized Trial..” Annals of Internal Medicine 167, no. 3 (August 2017): 159–69. https://doi.org/10.7326/M17-0188.

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28654958
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Riggs, Kevin R., Peter A. Ubel, and Brendan Saloner. “Can Appealing to Patient Altruism Reduce Overuse of Health Care Services? An Experimental Survey..” Journal of General Internal Medicine 32, no. 7 (July 2017): 732–38. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-017-4002-5.

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28155043
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Brown, Gregory D., Wynn G. Hunter, Ashley Hesson, J Kelly Davis, Christine Kirby, Jamison A. Barnett, Dmytro Byelmac, and Peter A. Ubel. “Discussing Out-of-Pocket Expenses During Clinical Appointments: An Observational Study of Patient-Psychiatrist Interactions..” Psychiatr Serv 68, no. 6 (June 1, 2017): 610–17. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201600275.

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28292225
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LeBlanc, Thomas William, Karen Scherr, Annabel Wang, Monica Lemmon, and Peter A. Ubel. “Risk tolerance and attitudes toward chemotherapy: Who chooses palliative treatment when cure is possible?.” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 35:10054–10054. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2017. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2017.35.15_suppl.10054.

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Patton, Elizabeth W., Kent A. Griffith, Rochelle D. Jones, Abigail Stewart, Peter A. Ubel, and Reshma Jagsi. “Differences in Mentor-Mentee Sponsorship in Male vs Female Recipients of National Institutes of Health Grants..” Jama Internal Medicine 177, no. 4 (April 2017): 580–82. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.9391.

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28241219
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