Thomas William LeBlanc, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 2424 Erwin Road, Suite 602, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 668-6551
Email address thomas.leblanc@duke.edu

Dr. LeBlanc is a medical oncologist, palliative care physician, and patient experience researcher.  His clinical practice focuses on the care of patients with hematologic malignancies, with a particular emphasis on myeloid conditions and acute leukemias including acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs / MPDs, CML), as well as some lymphomas and multiple myeloma.  He is an active member of the inpatient non-transplant hematologic malignancies care team, based on the 9100 ward of Duke Hospital.

His research interests converge on common issues faced by patients with cancer, particularly those with high-risk or relapsed/refractory hematologic malignancies. Issues of symptom burden and quality of life are of central importance in these settings, and may lead patients to face difficult decision-making scenarios. Dr. LeBlanc’s research explores the experience of patients and families in these settings, and aims to improve patients experiences living with blood cancers, including the involvement of specialist palliative care services to provide an extra layer of support along with their comprehensive cancer care.  

Dr. LeBlanc is the recipient of a Junior Career Development Award grant from the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), a Sojourns Scholars Leadership Award from the Cambia Health Foundation, and a Mentored Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. These grants have funded efforts to better understand the experience of patients living with AML, including studies of symptom burden, quality of life, distress, understanding of prognosis, and treatment decision-making. This work has been mentored by a team of expert researchers, including Drs. Amy Abernethy, James Tulsky, Karen Steinhauser, Kath Pollak, and Peter Ubel.  Dr. LeBlanc's work in palliative care research led to his recognition as an "Inspirational Leader under 40" by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), and was granted "fellow" status from the Academy in 2016. Dr. LeBlanc is the 2017-18 Chair of the ASCO Ethics Committee, and Chairs the Scientific Review Committee of the NIH/NINR-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC; www.palliativecareresearch.org). He represents the Duke Cancer Institute, a National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) member, on the NCCN Panel for Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke, as well as fellowships in Medical Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  He graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine, also earning a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy during that time, and served as Chief Medical Resident at the Durham VA Medical Center.  He holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  He is actively involved with teaching of medical students and housestaff at Duke, particularly with regards to issues of patient-doctor communication, and is mentoring several Duke trainees on research projects.

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Medical Oncology, Duke University School of Medicine, 2012 - 2013
  • Fellowship, Hospice And Palliative Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 2011 - 2012
  • Chief Medical Resident, Duke University School of Medicine, 2010 - 2011
  • Resident, Duke University School of Medicine, 2007 - 2009
  • Intern, Duke University School of Medicine, 2006 - 2007
  • M.D., Duke University, 2006

Publications

Vallely, JJ, Hudson, KE, Locke, SC, Wolf, SP, Samsa, GP, Abernethy, AP, and LeBlanc, TW. "Pruritus in patients with solid tumors: an overlooked supportive care need." Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (February 14, 2019).

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Derry, HM, Maciejewski, PK, Epstein, AS, Shah, MA, LeBlanc, TW, Reyna, V, and Prigerson, HG. "Associations between Anxiety, Poor Prognosis, and Accurate Understanding of Scan Results among Advanced Cancer Patients." Journal of Palliative Medicine (February 6, 2019).

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Hudson, KE, Rizzieri, D, Thomas, SM, LeBlanc, TW, Powell, Z, Diehl, L, Moore, JO, DeCastro, C, and Beaven, AW. "Dose-intense chemoimmunotherapy plus radioimmunotherapy in high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma: a phase II study." British Journal of Haematology 184, no. 4 (February 2019): 647-650. (Letter)

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Schwartz, AJ, Riedel, RF, LeBlanc, TW, Desai, D, Jenkins, C, Mahoney, E, Humphreys, J, and Hendrix, CC. "The experiences of older caregivers of cancer patients following hospital discharge." Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 27, no. 2 (February 2019): 609-616.

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Chino, F, Kamal, AH, Chino, J, and LeBlanc, TW. "Disparities in place of death for patients with hematological malignancies, 1999 to 2015." Blood Advances 3, no. 3 (February 2019): 333-338.

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30709864
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LeBlanc, T, El-Jawahri, A, Roeland, E, and Webb, J. "What’s the Deal with Blood Cancers? Navigating a New Frontier in Palliative Cancer Care (TH313).": Elsevier BV, February 2019.

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Newport, K, Sivendran, S, Jones, J, and LeBlanc, T. "Oncologist in My Pocket: What the Hospice & Palliative Clinician Needs to Know About Hematology/Oncology and Radiation Oncology (P20).": Elsevier BV, February 2019.

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Santivasi, W, Wu, K, Litzow, M, LeBlanc, T, and Strand, J. "Palliative Care Physician Comfort (and Discomfort) with Discussing Prognosis in Hematologic Diseases: Results of a Nationwide Survey (SA528B).": Elsevier BV, February 2019.

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Lee, ES, Suh, S-Y, LeBlanc, TW, Himchack, SH, Lee, SS, Kim, Y, and Ahn, H-Y. "Korean Physicians' Perspectives on Prognostication in Palliative Care: A Qualitative Study." The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care (January 27, 2019): 1049909118824542-null.

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Tenner, L, Hlubocky, FJ, Blanke, CD, LeBlanc, TW, Marron, JM, McGinnis, MM, Spence, RA, and Taylor, LP. "Let's Talk About Those Herbs You Are Taking: Ethical Considerations for Communication With Patients With Cancer About Complementary and Alternative Medicine." Journal of Oncology Practice 15, no. 1 (January 2019): 44-49.

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30629899
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