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

Zullig, Leah L., Christel Rushing, Fumiko Ladd Chino, Greg Samsa, Ivy Altomare, James A. Tulsky, Peter A. Ubel, et al. “Can we identify patients at risk for discordance in preferred and actual role in cancer treatment decision making?.” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32:6615–6615. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2014. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2014.32.15_suppl.6615.

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LeBlanc, Thomas W., Ashley Hesson, Andrew Williams, Chris Feudtner, Margaret Holmes-Rovner, Lillie D. Williamson, and Peter A. Ubel. “Patient understanding of medical jargon: a survey study of U.S. medical students..” Patient Educ Couns 95, no. 2 (May 2014): 238–42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2014.01.014.

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Bestvina, Christine M., Leah L. Zullig, Christel Rushing, Fumiko Chino, Gregory P. Samsa, Ivy Altomare, James Tulsky, et al. “Patient-oncologist cost communication, financial distress, and medication adherence..” J Oncol Pract 10, no. 3 (May 2014): 162–67. https://doi.org/10.1200/JOP.2014.001406.

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Ubel, Peter A., and Reshma Jagsi. “Promoting population health through financial stewardship..” The New England Journal of Medicine 370, no. 14 (April 2014): 1280–81. https://doi.org/10.1056/nejmp1401335.

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Vassy, Jason L., Denise M. Lautenbach, Heather M. McLaughlin, Sek Won Kong, Kurt D. Christensen, Joel Krier, Isaac S. Kohane, et al. “The MedSeq Project: a randomized trial of integrating whole genome sequencing into clinical medicine..” Trials 15 (March 20, 2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-15-85.

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Liu, P. J., J. Wisdom, C. A. Roberto, L. J. Liu, and P. A. Ubel. “Using behavioral economics to design more effective food policies to address obesity.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 36, no. 1 (March 1, 2014): 6–24. https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/ppt027.

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Peppercorn, Jeffrey, S Yousuf Zafar, Kevin Houck, Peter Ubel, and Neal J. Meropol. “Does comparative effectiveness research promote rationing of cancer care?.” Lancet Oncol 15, no. 3 (March 2014): e132–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70597-7.

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24534292
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Jagsi, Reshma, Kent A. Griffith, Rochelle A. DeCastro, and Peter Ubel. “Sex, role models, and specialty choices among graduates of US medical schools in 2006-2008..” Journal of the American College of Surgeons 218, no. 3 (March 2014): 345–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2013.11.012.

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24468225
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Jolly, Shruti, Kent A. Griffith, Rochelle DeCastro, Abigail Stewart, Peter Ubel, and Reshma Jagsi. “Gender differences in time spent on parenting and domestic responsibilities by high-achieving young physician-researchers..” Annals of Internal Medicine 160, no. 5 (March 2014): 344–53. https://doi.org/10.7326/M13-0974.

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24737273
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DeCastro, Rochelle, Kent A. Griffith, Peter A. Ubel, Abigail Stewart, and Reshma Jagsi. “Mentoring and the career satisfaction of male and female academic medical faculty..” Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 89, no. 2 (February 2014): 301–11. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000000109.

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