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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


Campbell, Brittany Morgan, Samantha Marie Thomas, Cecilia Tuongquang Ong, Rachel Adams Greenup, Jennifer Kay Plichta, Laura Horst Rosenberger, Jeremy Meyer Force, Terry Hyslop, Eun-Sil Shelley Hwang, and Oluwadamilola Motunrayo Fayanju. “The epidemiology of metaplastic breast cancer: A review of 2,500 cases from the national cancer database.” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 35:1570–1570. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2017.

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Greenup, Rachel A., Rachel C. Blitzblau, Kevin L. Houck, Julie Ann Sosa, Janet Horton, Jeffrey M. Peppercorn, Alphonse G. Taghian, Barbara L. Smith, and E Shelley Hwang. “Cost Implications of an Evidence-Based Approach to Radiation Treatment After Lumpectomy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer.” J Oncol Pract 13, no. 4 (April 2017): e283–90.

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Lane, Whitney, Samantha M. Thomas, Jennifer K. Plichta, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Laura H. Rosenberger, Terry Hyslop, E Shelley Hwang, and Rachel A. Greenup. “Surgical resection of the primary tumor in women with stage IV breast cancer: Contemporary practice patterns and survival analysis.” In Annals of Surgical Oncology, 24:46–46. SPRINGER, 2017.


Nichols, Brandon S., Antonio Llopis, Gregory M. Palmer, Samuel S. McCachren, Ozlem Senlik, David Miller, Martin A. Brooke, et al. “Miniature spectral imaging device for wide-field quantitative functional imaging of the morphological landscape of breast tumor margins.” J Biomed Opt 22, no. 2 (February 1, 2017): 26007.

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Bellavance, Emily C., Katharine Yao, Rachel A. Greenup, Jason D. Keune, Julie Lynch, Deborah Colyar, Jon Tilburt, Fay Hlubocky, and Jeffrey Peppercorn. “Self-Reported Factors Associated with Surgeon Comfort with Performing Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 223:e16–17. Elsevier BV, 2016.

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Obeng-Gyasi, Samilia, Lisa Tolnitch, Rachel A. Greenup, and E. Shelley Hwang. “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolinian Breast Cancer Patients Seeking Financial Support for Treatment.” Ann Surg Oncol 23, no. 10 (October 2016): 3412–17.

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Bellavance, Emily, Jeffrey Peppercorn, Shari Kronsberg, Rachel Greenup, Jason Keune, Julie Lynch, Deborah Collyar, et al. “Surgeons' Perspectives of Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy.” Ann Surg Oncol 23, no. 9 (September 2016): 2779–87.

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Bahl, Manisha, Irene J. Pien, Kate J. Buretta, E Shelley Hwang, Rachel A. Greenup, Sujata V. Ghate, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Can Vascular Patterns on Preoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Help Predict Skin Necrosis after Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy?” J Am Coll Surg 223, no. 2 (August 2016): 279–85.

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Altomare, Ivy, Blair Irwin, Syed Yousuf Zafar, Kevin Houck, Bailey Maloney, Rachel Greenup, and Jeffrey Peppercorn. “Physician Experience and Attitudes Toward Addressing the Cost of Cancer Care.” J Oncol Pract 12, no. 3 (March 2016): e281-248.

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