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, and I serve as Chief Patient Experience and Safety Officer for the Duke Cancer Institute. 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 180 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

LeBlanc, Matthew R., Ashley Leak Bryant, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Qing Yang, Emily Sellars, Cristiana Costa Chase, and Sophia K. Smith. “A cross-sectional observational study of health-related quality of life in adults with multiple myeloma.” Support Care Cancer 30, no. 6 (June 2022): 5239–48. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-022-06943-5.

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35262791
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Abrams, Hannah R., Ryan D. Nipp, Lara Traeger, Mitchell W. Lavoie, Matthew J. Reynolds, Nneka N. Ufere, Annie C. Wang, Kofi Boateng, Thomas W. LeBlanc, and Areej El-Jawahri. “Code Status Transitions in Patients with High-Risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia.” Blood Adv, May 10, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1182/bloodadvances.2022007009.

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35537113
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Vaughn, Dagny M., P Connor Johnson, Annemarie D. Jagielo, Carlisle E. W. Topping, Matthew J. Reynolds, Alison R. Kavanaugh, Jason A. Webb, et al. “Factors Associated with Health Care Utilization at the End of Life for Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.” J Palliat Med 25, no. 5 (May 2022): 749–56. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0249.

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34861118
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Hiratsuka, Yusuke, Yu Jung Kim, Sang-Yeon Suh, Seon Hye Won, Sung Eun Choi, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Beodeul Kang, et al. “The association between changes in symptoms or quality of life and overall survival in outpatients with advanced cancer.” Ann Palliat Med, April 24, 2022. https://doi.org/10.21037/apm-22-33.

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35542972
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Button, Elise, Magnolia Cardona, Kathryn Huntley, Nicole C. Gavin, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Avalon Olsen, Michael Smith, and Patsy Yates. “Clinicians' Understanding of Preferences and Values of People with Hematological Malignancies at the End of Life: Concurrent Surveys.” J Palliat Med, April 19, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0490.

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35443803
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Amonoo, Hermioni L., Monica H. Bodd, Matthew J. Reynolds, Ashley M. Nelson, Richard Newcomb, Patrick Connor Johnson, Tejaswini M. Dhawale, et al. “Coping strategies in patients with acute myeloid leukemia.” Blood Adv 6, no. 7 (April 12, 2022): 2435–42. https://doi.org/10.1182/bloodadvances.2021005845.

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34768282
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Pelcovits, Ari, Adam J. Olszewski, Dominic Decker, Dana Guyer, Thomas W. Leblanc, and Pamela Egan. “Impact of Early Palliative Care on End-of-Life Outcomes in Hematologic Malignancies.” In J Palliat Med, 25:556–61, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0193.

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34842462
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Tulsky, James A., Karen E. Steinhauser, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Nick Bloom, Pauline R. Lyna, Jennie Riley, and Kathryn I. Pollak. “Triadic agreement about advanced cancer treatment decisions: Perceptions among patients, families, and oncologists.” Patient Educ Couns 105, no. 4 (April 2022): 982–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.08.001.

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34384640
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Kayastha, Neha, and Thomas W. LeBlanc. “Why Are We Failing to Do What Works? Musings on Outpatient Palliative Care Integration in Cancer Care.” Jco Oncol Pract 18, no. 4 (April 2022): 255–57. https://doi.org/10.1200/OP.21.00794.

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34936378
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Hildenbrand, Jordan D., Hee S. Park, David J. Casarett, Cheyenne Corbett, Alicia M. Ellis, Kris W. Herring, Arif H. Kamal, et al. “Patient-reported distress as an early warning sign of unmet palliative care needs and increased healthcare utilization in patients with advanced cancer.” Support Care Cancer 30, no. 4 (April 2022): 3419–27. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-021-06727-3.

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34997315
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