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

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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Hunter, Wynn G., Cecilia Z. Zhang, Ashley Hesson, J Kelly Davis, Christine Kirby, Lillie D. Williamson, Jamison A. Barnett, and Peter A. Ubel. “What Strategies Do Physicians and Patients Discuss to Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs? Analysis of Cost-Saving Strategies in 1,755 Outpatient Clinic Visits..” Medical Decision Making : An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making 36, no. 7 (October 2016): 900–910. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272989X15626384.

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26785714
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Navathe, Amol S., Aditi P. Sen, Meredith B. Rosenthal, Robert M. Pearl, Peter A. Ubel, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, and Kevin G. Volpp. “New strategies for aligning physicians with health system incentives..” The American Journal of Managed Care 22, no. 9 (September 2016): 610–12.

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27662223
Scholars@Duke

Arora, Nonie S., J Kelly Davis, Christine Kirby, Amy L. McGuire, Robert C. Green, J. S. Blumenthal-Barby, Peter A. Ubel, and Peter A. MedSeq Project. “Communication challenges for nongeneticist physicians relaying clinical genomic results..” Personalized Medicine 14, no. 5 (September 2016): 423–31. https://doi.org/10.2217/pme-2017-0008.

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29181085
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Jones, Rochelle DeCastro, Kent A. Griffith, Peter A. Ubel, Abigail Stewart, and Reshma Jagsi. “A Mixed-Methods Investigation of the Motivations, Goals, and Aspirations of Male and Female Academic Medical Faculty..” Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 91, no. 8 (August 2016): 1089–97. https://doi.org/10.1097/acm.0000000000001244.

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27254012
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Green, R. C., K. A. B. Goddard, G. P. Jarvik, L. M. Amendola, P. S. Appelbaum, J. S. Berg, B. A. Bernhardt, et al. “Erratum: Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Consortium: Accelerating Evidence-Based Practice of Genomic Medicine (American Journal of Human Genetics (2016) 98(6) (1067–1076) (S0002929716301069) (10.1016/j.ajhg.2016.04.011)).” American Journal of Human Genetics 99, no. 1 (July 7, 2016). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2016.06.002.

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Sah, Sunita, Angela Fagerlin, and Peter Ubel. “Effect of physician disclosure of specialty bias on patient trust and treatment choice..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113, no. 27 (July 2016): 7465–69. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1604908113.

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27325783
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Politi, Mary C., Marie D. Kuzemchak, Jingxia Liu, Abigail R. Barker, Ellen Peters, Peter A. Ubel, Kimberly A. Kaphingst, et al. “Show Me My Health Plans: Using a Decision Aid to Improve Decisions in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace..” Mdm Policy & Practice 1 (July 2016). https://doi.org/10.1177/2381468316679998.

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28804780
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Ubel, Peter A. “Understanding and Utilizing Patient Preferences in Cancer Treatment Decisions..” Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : Jnccn 14, no. 5 Suppl (May 2016): 691–93. https://doi.org/10.6004/jnccn.2016.0194.

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27226516
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