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


Shammas, Ronnie L., Eugenia H. Cho, Adam D. Glener, Luke P. Poveromo, Lily R. Mundy, Rachel A. Greenup, Kimberly L. Blackwell, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Association Between Targeted HER-2 Therapy and Breast Reconstruction Outcomes: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis..” J Am Coll Surg 225, no. 6 (December 2017): 731-739.e1.

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Cho, Eugenia H., Ronnie L. Shammas, Adam D. Glener, Rachel A. Greenup, E Shelley Hwang, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “The Impact of Autologous Breast Reconstruction on Body Mass Index Patterns in Breast Cancer Patients: A Propensity-Matched Analysis..” Plast Reconstr Surg 140, no. 6 (December 2017): 1121–31.

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Ong, Cecilia T., Samantha M. Thomas, Rachel C. Blitzblau, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Tristen S. Park, Jennifer K. Plichta, Laura H. Rosenberger, Terry Hyslop, E. Shelley Hwang, and Rachel A. Greenup. “Patient Age and Tumor Subtype Predict the Extent of Axillary Surgery Among Breast Cancer Patients Eligible for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Trial Z0011..” Ann Surg Oncol 24, no. 12 (November 2017): 3559–66.

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Gamble, Charlotte, Laura J. Havrilesky, Evan R. Myers, Junzo P. Chino, Scott Hollenbeck, Jennifer K. Plichta, P. Kelly Marcom, E. Shelley Hwang, Noah D. Kauff, and Rachel A. Greenup. “Cost Effectiveness of Risk-Reducing Mastectomy versus Surveillance in BRCA Mutation Carriers with a History of Ovarian Cancer..” Ann Surg Oncol 24, no. 11 (October 2017): 3116–23.

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Spring, Laura, Rachel Greenup, Andrzej Niemierko, Lidia Schapira, Stephanie Haddad, Rachel Jimenez, Suzanne Coopey, et al. “Pathologic Complete Response After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy and Long-Term Outcomes Among Young Women With Breast Cancer..” J Natl Compr Canc Netw 15, no. 10 (October 2017): 1216–23.

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Nussbaum, Daniel P., Dan G. Blazer, Rachel A. Greenup, Zhifei Sun, Babatunde A. Yerokun, Christel Rushing, and Donna Niedzwiecki. “Quality in Cancer Care: An Assessment of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Quality Measures.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 225:S125–S125. Elsevier BV, 2017.

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Greenup, Rachel Adams, Laura Fish, Christel Rushing, Jeffrey Peppercorn, Terry Hyslop, Yousuf Zafar, and E Shelley Hwang. “The Financial Burden of Breast Cancer Treatment.” In Journal of Womens Health, 26:1022–1022. MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC, 2017.


Cho, Eugenia H., Ronnie L. Shammas, Brett T. Phillips, Rachel A. Greenup, E Shelley Hwang, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Breast Cancer after Augmentation: Oncologic and Reconstructive Considerations among Women Undergoing Mastectomy..” Plast Reconstr Surg 139, no. 6 (June 2017): 1240e-1249e.

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Ong, Cecilia Tuongquang, Samantha Marie Thomas, Brittany Morgan Campbell, Rachel Adams Greenup, Jennifer Kay Plichta, Laura Horst Rosenberger, Jeremy Meyer Force, Terry Hyslop, Eun-Sil Shelley Hwang, and Oluwadamilola Motunrayo Fayanju. “A population-based analysis of treatment and outcomes in 2,500 metaplastic breast cancer patients..” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 35:532–532. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2017.

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Greenup, Rachel Adams, Samantha Marie Thomas, Oluwadamilola Motunrayo Fayanju, Terry Hyslop, and Eun-Sil Shelley Hwang. “Impact of insurance status on treatment for stage 0-IV breast cancer..” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 35:6532–6532. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2017.

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