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Rachel Adams Greenup, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Campus Mail: DUMC DUMC 3513, Durham, NC 27710

I am a breast cancer surgeon and health services researcher with a clinical practice entirely focused on the treatment of breast disease. My prior research has revolved around two major themes: 1) the doctor-patient relationship within oncology, and 2) high-value breast cancer care (i.e. evidence-based breast cancer treatment translating into high quality cancer care at lower health care costs). 

My long-standing interest in high value oncology care was initially sparked when I completed my Masters in Public Health degree at the University of Wisconsin.  My prior research has demonstrated that adherence to evidence-based practice leads to a “win-win” of providing the best care for patients while naturally reducing health care spending. Through the BIRCWH Scholar program, I am currently working on better understanding how knowledge of health care costs and burden may impact patients' and doctors' treatment decisions.

Education and Training

  • Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2011 - 2012
  • Internship/General Surgery Residency, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2004 - 2011
  • M.P.H., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2009
  • M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, 2004

Publications

Sergesketter, Amanda R., Samantha M. Thomas, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Carolyn S. Menendez, Laura H. Rosenberger, Rachel A. Greenup, Terry Hyslop, Edgardo R. Parrilla Castellar, E Shelley Hwang, and Jennifer K. Plichta. “The Influence of Age on the Histopathology and Prognosis of Atypical Breast Lesions..” J Surg Res 241 (September 2019): 188–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2019.03.047.

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Tamirisa, Nina, Hannah V. Williamson, Samantha M. Thomas, Kelly E. Westbrook, Rachel A. Greenup, Jennifer K. Plichta, Laura H. Rosenberger, Terry Hyslop, Eun-Sil Shelley Hwang, and Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju. “The impact of chemotherapy sequence on survival in node-positive invasive lobular carcinoma..” J Surg Oncol 120, no. 2 (August 2019): 132–41. https://doi.org/10.1002/jso.25492.

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Champion, Cosette D., Yi Ren, Samantha M. Thomas, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Laura H. Rosenberger, Rachel A. Greenup, Carolyn S. Menendez, E Shelley Hwang, and Jennifer K. Plichta. “DCIS with Microinvasion: Is It In Situ or Invasive Disease?.” In Ann Surg Oncol, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1245/s10434-019-07556-9.

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Thornton, M. J., H. V. Williamson, K. E. Westbrook, R. A. Greenup, J. K. Plichta, L. H. Rosenberger, A. M. Gupta, T. Hyslop, E. S. Hwang, and O. M. Fayanju. “Neoadjuvant Endocrine Therapy Versus Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Node-Positive Invasive Lobular Carcinoma..” In Ann Surg Oncol, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1245/s10434-019-07564-9.

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Greenup, Rachel A., Christel N. Rushing, Laura J. Fish, Whitney O. Lane, Jeffrey M. Peppercorn, Emily Bellavance, Lisa Tolnitch, et al. “Perspectives on the Costs of Cancer Care: A Survey of the American Society of Breast Surgeons..” In Ann Surg Oncol, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1245/s10434-019-07594-3.

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Plichta, Jennifer K., Samantha M. Thomas, Amanda R. Sergesketter, Rachel A. Greenup, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Laura H. Rosenberger, Nina Tamirisa, Terry Hyslop, and E Shelley Hwang. “Clinical and pathological stage discordance among 433,514 breast cancer patients..” Am J Surg, July 18, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.07.016.

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Rosenberger, Laura H., Samantha M. Thomas, Jennifer K. Plichta, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Terry Hyslop, Rachel A. Greenup, and E Shelley Hwang. “Decreasing rates of axillary lymph node dissections over time: Implications for surgical resident exposure and operative skills development..” In Am J Surg, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.07.013.

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Sergesketter, Amanda R., Samantha M. Thomas, Whitney O. Lane, Jonah P. Orr, Ronnie L. Shammas, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Rachel A. Greenup, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Decline in Racial Disparities in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction: A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Analysis from 1998 to 2014..” Plast Reconstr Surg 143, no. 6 (June 2019): 1560–70. https://doi.org/10.1097/PRS.0000000000005611.

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Sergesketter, Amanda R., Samantha M. Thomas, Whitney O. Lane, Ronnie L. Shammas, Rachel A. Greenup, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “The Influence of Marital Status on Contemporary Patterns of Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction..” J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 72, no. 5 (May 2019): 795–804. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2018.12.012.

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Berger, Miles, Deborah Oyeyemi, Mobolaji O. Olurinde, Heather E. Whitson, Kent J. Weinhold, Marty G. Woldorff, Lewis A. Lipsitz, et al. “The INTUIT Study: Investigating Neuroinflammation Underlying Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction..” J Am Geriatr Soc 67, no. 4 (April 2019): 794–98. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15770.

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