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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


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.

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Greenup, Rachel A., Christel Rushing, Laura Fish, Brittany M. Campbell, Lisa Tolnitch, Terry Hyslop, Jeffrey Peppercorn, et al. “Financial Costs and Burden Related to Decisions for Breast Cancer Surgery.” J Oncol Pract 15, no. 8 (August 2019): e666–76.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lane, Whitney O., Samantha M. Thomas, Rachel C. Blitzblau, Jennifer K. Plichta, Laura H. Rosenberger, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Terry Hyslop, E Shelley Hwang, and Rachel A. Greenup. “Surgical Resection of the Primary Tumor in Women With De Novo Stage IV Breast Cancer: Contemporary Practice Patterns and Survival Analysis.” Ann Surg 269, no. 3 (March 2019): 537–44.

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Greenup, R. A., A. Yashkin, G. Gorbunova, I. Akusevich, and E. S. Hwang. “Abstract PD6-08: Medicare costs for women after breast cancer: Preparing for survivorship.” In Poster Discussion Abstracts. American Association for Cancer Research, 2019.

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Habib, Ashraf S., Miklos D. Kertai, Mary Cooter, Rachel A. Greenup, and Shelley Hwang. “Risk factors for severe acute pain and persistent pain after surgery for breast cancer: a prospective observational study.” Reg Anesth Pain Med 44, no. 2 (February 2019): 192–99.

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Gupta, A. M., H. V. Williamson, R. A. Greenup, S. M. Thomas, O. M. Fayanju, J. K. Plichta, L. H. Rosenberger, and E. Hwang. “The Role of Tumor Phenotype and Histology in the Surgical Treatment of Early Stage Breast Cancer.” In Annals of Surgical Oncology, 26:S90–91. SPRINGER, 2019.