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

Dillard, Amanda J., Laura D. Scherer, Peter A. Ubel, Stewart Alexander, and Angela Fagerlin. “Anxiety symptoms prior to a prostate cancer diagnosis: Associations with knowledge and openness to treatment..” British Journal of Health Psychology 22, no. 1 (February 2017): 151–68. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12222.

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Scherr, Karen A., Angela Fagerlin, John T. Wei, Lillie D. Williamson, and Peter A. Ubel. “Treatment Availability Influences Physicians' Portrayal of Robotic Surgery During Clinical Appointments..” Health Communication 32, no. 1 (January 2017): 119–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2015.1099502.

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27153051
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Scherr, Karen A., Angela Fagerlin, Lillie D. Williamson, J Kelly Davis, Ilona Fridman, Natalie Atyeo, and Peter A. Ubel. “The Physician Recommendation Coding System (PhyReCS): A Reliable and Valid Method to Quantify the Strength of Physician Recommendations During Clinical Encounters..” Medical Decision Making : An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making 37, no. 1 (January 2017): 46–55. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272989X16654692.

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Scherr, Karen A., Angela Fagerlin, Timothy Hofer, Laura D. Scherer, Margaret Holmes-Rovner, Lillie D. Williamson, Valerie C. Kahn, et al. “Physician Recommendations Trump Patient Preferences in Prostate Cancer Treatment Decisions..” Medical Decision Making : An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making 37, no. 1 (January 2017): 56–69. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272989X16662841.

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27510740
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Wang, Annabel Z., Karen A. Scherr, Charlene A. Wong, and Peter A. Ubel. “Poor Consumer Comprehension and Plan Selection Inconsistencies Under the 2016 HealthCare.gov Choice Architecture..” Mdm Policy Pract 2, no. 1 (January 2017). https://doi.org/10.1177/2381468317716441.

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Lee, Clara Nan-Hi, Peter Anthony Ubel, Allison M. Deal, Lillian Burdick Blizard, Karen R. Sepucha, David W. Ollila, and Michael Patrick Pignone. “How Informed Is the Decision About Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy?: A Prospective, Cross-sectional Study..” Annals of Surgery 264, no. 6 (December 2016): 1103–9. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000001561.

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Ubel, Peter A., and Peter B. Bach. “Copay Assistance for Expensive Drugs: A Helping Hand That Raises Costs..” Annals of Internal Medicine 165, no. 12 (December 2016): 878–79. https://doi.org/10.7326/m16-1334.

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Blumenthal-Barby, J. S., Laura Loftis, Christy L. Cummings, William Meadow, Monica Lemmon, Peter A. Ubel, Laurence McCullough, Emily Rao, and John D. Lantos. “Should Neonatologists Give Opinions Withdrawing Life-sustaining Treatment?.” Pediatrics 138, no. 6 (December 2016). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-2585.

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LeBlanc, Thomas William, Karen Scherr, Annabel Wang, Monica Lemmon, and Peter A. Ubel. “Who chooses palliative chemotherapy when a cure is possible? Results of a risk tolerance survey of laypersons..” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 34:35–35. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2016. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2016.34.26_suppl.35.

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