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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

Dr. Greenup is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Population Health Sciences at the Duke School of Medicine and Duke Cancer Institute. She is the founder and co-director of the Duke Breast Cancer Outcomes Research Group, and Core Faculty for the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy.

She earned her undergraduate degrees in Zoology and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, where she later completed a Masters in Public Health. She attended the Medical College of Wisconsin for Medical School and General Surgery Residency, and went on to complete a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 2016, she received the National Institutes of Health Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Award to evaluate how financial costs and burden relate to preference-sensitive decisions for breast cancer surgery. In 2017, she was named the American College of Surgeons & American Society of Breast Surgeons Health Policy Scholar. More broadly, her research focuses on aligning patient-centered care with high quality, lower cost treatment.

Dr. Greenup serves on several national committees, including the Alliance in Clinical Oncology Ethics and Value Committees, the American College of Surgeons Cancer Care Delivery Task Force, the American Society of Breast Surgeons Legislative Committee, and the Editorial Board for the Annals of Surgical Oncology. 

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 - Madison, 2009
  • M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, 2004


Greenup, R. A., T. Breslin, S. B. Edge, M. E. Hughes, E. S. Hwang, C. Laronga, P. Marcom, et al. “Outcomes after Mastectomy for Node-positive Breast Cancer: Comparison of Women Treated With and Without Completion Axillary Dissection at NCCN Cancer Centers.” In Annals of Surgical Oncology, 20:S9–S9. SPRINGER, 2013.


Greenup, Rachel A., Melissa S. Camp, Alphonse G. Taghian, Julliette Buckley, Suzanne B. Coopey, Michele Gadd, Kevin Hughes, Michelle Specht, and Barbara L. Smith. “Cost comparison of radiation treatment options after lumpectomy for breast cancer.” Ann Surg Oncol 19, no. 10 (October 2012): 3275–81.

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Greenup, Rachel Adams, Aditya Bardia, Julliette M. Buckley, Andrzej Niemierko, Melissa Camp, Suzanne Coopey, Michele Gadd, et al. “Association of pathologic complete response following neoadjuvant chemotherapy with survival among young women with breast cancer.” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol. 30. AMER SOC CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 2012.


Greenup, R. A., A. Bardia, J. Buckley, M. S. Camp, M. A. Gadd, K. Hughes, S. B. Coopey, et al. “Clinical Utility and Effectiveness of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Young Women with Breast Cancer.” In Annals of Surgical Oncology, 19:S58–S58. SPRINGER, 2012.


Greenup, Rachel A., Casey M. Calkins, Thomas T. Sato, Laura Cassidy, and Brian D. Shames. “Organ Donation after Traumatic Cardiopulmonary Arrest among Pediatric Donors.” In American Journal of Transplantation, 10:366–366. WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC, 2010.


Hanson, Sheila J., Rowena C. Punzalan, Rachel A. Greenup, Hua Liu, Thomas T. Sato, and Peter L. Havens. “Incidence and risk factors for venous thromboembolism in critically ill children after trauma.” J Trauma 68, no. 1 (January 2010): 52–56.

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Greenup, Rachel Adams, Alysandra Lal, Matthew C. Walsh, Sam Pappas, and Amy Trentham-Dietz. “Quality of life in cancer survivors: The surgeon's role.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 209:S106–S106. Elsevier BV, 2009.

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