Thomas William LeBlanc, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 2424 Erwin Road, Suite 602, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 668-2115
Email address thomas.leblanc@duke.edu

I am a medical oncologist, palliative care physician, and patient experience researcher.  My 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 founding Director of the Duke Cancer Patient Experience Research Program (CPEP), my research investigates common issues faced by people with cancer, including issues of symptom burden, quality of life, psychological distress, prognostic understanding, and treatment decision-making. This work aims to improve patients' experiences living with serious illnesses like blood cancers, including the integration of specialist palliative care services to provide an extra layer of support along with their comprehensive cancer care. More broadly, our team in CPEP conducts various studies of patient experience and outcomes issues in oncology, including retrospective chart review studies, comparative effectiveness work, prospective observational studies and registries, and qualitative research, along with efforts to facilitate the integration of patient-generated health data (PGHD) into routine cancer care processes, such as with electronic patient-reported outcome measures (ePROs) and other mobile health interventions (mHealth). 

This work has led to recognition as an "Inspirational Leader under 40" by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), "Fellow" status from the Academy in 2016, the 2018 international "Clinical Impact Award" from the European Association for Palliative Care, and the AAHPM "Early Career Investigator" award in 2020. I served as 2017-18 Chair of the ASCO Ethics Committee, and currently Chair the Scientific Review Committee of the NIH/NINR-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC; www.palliativecareresearch.org). I have served on various national guideline panels for AML and for palliative/supportive care issues in oncology, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) in 2021. To date I have published over 150 Medline-indexed articles, and several chapters in prominent textbooks of oncology and palliative medicine.

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

Amonoo, Hermioni L., Monica H. Bodd, Matthew J. Reynolds, Ashley M. Nelson, Richard A. Newcomb, Patrick Connor Johnson, Tejaswini M. Dhawale, et al. “Coping Strategies in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.” Blood Adv, November 12, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1182/bloodadvances.2021005845.

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34768282
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Santivasi, Wil L., Daniel S. Childs, Kelly L. Wu, Daniel K. Partain, Mark R. Litzow, Thomas W. LeBlanc, and Jacob J. Strand. “Perceptions of Hematology Among Palliative Care Physicians: Results of a Nationwide Survey.” J Pain Symptom Manage 62, no. 5 (November 2021): 949–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.04.021.

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33933620
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Oliva, Esther N., Uwe Platzbecker, Pierre Fenaux, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Bhumika J. Patel, Anne Sophie Kubasch, and Mikkael A. Sekeres. “Targeting health-related quality of life in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes - Current knowledge and lessons to be learned.” Blood Rev 50 (November 2021): 100851. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.blre.2021.100851.

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34088518
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Suh, Sang-Yeon, Seon-Hye Won, Yusuke Hiratsuka, Sung-Eun Choi, Shao-Yi Cheng, Masanori Mori, Ping-Jen Chen, et al. “Assessment of Changes in Symptoms Is Feasible and Prognostic in the Last Weeks of Life: An International Multicenter Cohort Study.” J Palliat Med, October 20, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0212.

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34668798
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Jimenez, Rachel B., Andrew E. Johnson, Nora K. Horick, Fay J. Hlubocky, Yvonne Lei, Cindy B. Matsen, Erica L. Mayer, et al. “Do you mind if I record?: Perceptions and practice regarding patient requests to record clinic visits in oncology.” Cancer, October 11, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.33910.

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34633655
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LeBlanc, Matthew R., Sheryl Zimmerman, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Ashley Leak Bryant, Kathryn E. Hudson, and Sophia K. Smith. “Persistent fatigue among long-term non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors.” Leuk Lymphoma, October 6, 2021, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1080/10428194.2021.1984450.

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34612771
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Amonoo, Hermioni L., Carlisle E. W. Topping, Madison A. Clay, Matthew J. Reynolds, Julia Rice, Lauren E. Harnedy, Regina M. Longley, et al. “Distress in a Pandemic: Association of the Coronavirus Disease-2019 Pandemic with Distress and Quality of Life in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.” Transplant Cell Ther, September 15, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtct.2021.09.001.

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34536571
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Tarnasky, Aaron M., Jesse D. Troy, and Thomas W. LeBlanc. “The patient experience of ABVD treatment in Hodgkin lymphoma: a retrospective cohort study of patient-reported distress.” Support Care Cancer 29, no. 9 (September 2021): 4987–96. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-021-06044-9.

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33576877
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Robles, Joanna M., Jesse D. Troy, Kristin M. Schroeder, Paul L. Martin, and Thomas W. LeBlanc. “Parental limited English proficiency in pediatric stem cell transplantation: Clinical impact and health care utilization.” Pediatr Blood Cancer 68, no. 9 (September 2021): e29174. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.29174.

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34109732
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