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

Kayastha, N, Wolf, SP, Locke, SC, Samsa, GP, El-Jawahri, A, and LeBlanc, TW. "The impact of remission status on patients' experiences with acute myeloid leukemia (AML): an exploratory analysis of longitudinal patient-reported outcomes data. (Accepted)" Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 26, no. 5 (May 2018): 1437-1445.

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29151174
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Wiesenthal, AC, Patel, SP, LeBlanc, TW, Roeland, EJ, and Kamal, AH. "Top Ten Tips for Palliative Care Clinicians Caring for Cancer Patients Receiving Immunotherapies." Journal of palliative medicine (April 16, 2018).

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29658821
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Yang, C-FJ, Aibel, K, Meyerhoff, R, Wang, F, Harpole, D, Abernethy, AP, and LeBlanc, TW. "Actigraphy assessment of sleep quality among patients with acute myeloid leukaemia during induction chemotherapy." BMJ supportive & palliative care (April 11, 2018).

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29643104
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LeBlanc, TW, Bloom, N, Wolf, SP, Lowman, SG, Pollak, KI, Steinhauser, KE, Ariely, D, and Tulsky, JA. "Triadic treatment decision-making in advanced cancer: a pilot study of the roles and perceptions of patients, caregivers, and oncologists." Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 26, no. 4 (April 2018): 1197-1205.

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29101469
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Troy, JD, de Castro, CM, Pupa, MR, Samsa, GP, Abernethy, AP, and LeBlanc, TW. "Patient-Reported Distress in Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Its Association With Clinical Outcomes: A Retrospective Cohort Study." Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN 16, no. 3 (March 2018): 267-273.

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29523665
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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 (February 21, 2018). (Letter)

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29468651
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Fridman, I, Glare, PA, Stabler, SM, Epstein, AS, Wiesenthal, A, Leblanc, TW, and Higgins, ET. "Information Framing Reduces Initial Negative Attitudes in Cancer Patients' Decisions About Hospice Care." Journal of pain and symptom management (February 20, 2018).

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29474940
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Kayastha, N, Pollak, KI, and LeBlanc, TW. "Open Oncology Notes: A Qualitative Study of Oncology Patients' Experiences Reading Their Cancer Care Notes." Journal of oncology practice (February 13, 2018): JOP2017028605-.

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29443650
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Hudson, KE, Wolf, SP, Samsa, GP, Kamal, AH, Abernethy, AP, and LeBlanc, TW. "The Surprise Question and Identification of Palliative Care Needs among Hospitalized Patients with Advanced Hematologic or Solid Malignancies." Journal of palliative medicine (February 8, 2018).

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29420142
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Boucher, NA, Johnson, KS, and LeBlanc, TW. "Acute Leukemia Patients' Needs: Qualitative Findings and Opportunities for Early Palliative Care." Journal of pain and symptom management 55, no. 2 (February 2018): 433-439.

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28935132
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