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

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

LeBlanc, Thomas W., Walter F. Baile, Susan Eggly, Carma L. Bylund, Sandra Kurtin, Monica Khurana, Rani Najdi, Julie Blaedel, Jeffrey L. Wolf, and Rafael Fonseca. “Review of the patient-centered communication landscape in multiple myeloma and other hematologic malignancies..” Patient Educ Couns 102, no. 9 (September 2019): 1602–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.028.

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31076236
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Derry, Heather M., Paul K. Maciejewski, Andrew S. Epstein, Manish A. Shah, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Valerie Reyna, and Holly G. Prigerson. “Associations between Anxiety, Poor Prognosis, and Accurate Understanding of Scan Results among Advanced Cancer Patients..” J Palliat Med 22, no. 8 (August 2019): 961–65. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2018.0624.

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Webb, Jason A., Anessa M. Foxwell, Christopher A. Jones, Areej El-Jawahri, Arif H. Kamal, Neha Kayastha, Eric J. Roeland, and Thomas W. LeBlanc. “Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Caring for Patients with Hematologic Malignancies..” J Palliat Med, July 19, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2019.0332.

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Troy, Jesse D., Susan C. Locke, Greg P. Samsa, Joseph Feliciano, Akshara Richhariya, and Thomas W. LeBlanc. “Patient-reported distress in Hodgkin lymphoma across the survivorship continuum..” Support Care Cancer 27, no. 7 (July 2019): 2453–62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-018-4523-4.

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30377801
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Hall, Evan T., Surbhi Singhal, James Dickerson, Brooke Gabster, Hong-Nei Wong, Rebecca A. Aslakson, Lidia Schapira, and Lidia AAHPM Research Committee Writing Group. “Patient-Reported Outcomes for Cancer Patients Receiving Checkpoint Inhibitors: Opportunities for Palliative Care-A Systematic Review..” J Pain Symptom Manage 58, no. 1 (July 2019): 137-156.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.03.015.

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30905677
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Aslakson, Rebecca A., Katherine Ast, and Katherine AAHPM Research Committee Writing Group. “Introduction to a New Special Series for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management-Science in Action: Evidence and Opportunities for Palliative Care Across Diverse Populations and Care Settings..” J Pain Symptom Manage 58, no. 1 (July 2019): 134–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.02.005.

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Tallman, Martin S., Eunice S. Wang, Jessica K. Altman, Frederick R. Appelbaum, Vijaya Raj Bhatt, Dale Bixby, Steven E. Coutre, et al. “Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Version 3.2019, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology..” J Natl Compr Canc Netw 17, no. 6 (June 1, 2019): 721–49. https://doi.org/10.6004/jnccn.2019.0028.

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Lee, Eon Sook, Sang-Yeon Suh, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Sang Hwa Himchack, Sanghee Shiny Lee, Yoonjoo Kim, and Hong-Yup Ahn. “Korean Physicians' Perspectives on Prognostication in Palliative Care: A Qualitative Study..” Am J Hosp Palliat Care 36, no. 6 (June 2019): 500–506. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909118824542.

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Porter, Laura S., Gregory Samsa, Jennifer L. Steel, Laura C. Hanson, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Janet Bull, Stacy Fischer, and Francis J. Keefe. “Caregiver-guided pain coping skills training for patients with advanced cancer: Background, design, and challenges for the CaringPals study..” Clin Trials 16, no. 3 (June 2019): 263–72. https://doi.org/10.1177/1740774519829695.

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30782014
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