I am a physician and behavioral scientist at Duke University. My research and writing explores the quirks in human nature that influence our lives — the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect our health, our happiness and the way our society functions. (What fun would it be to tackle just the easy problems?)
I am currently exploring controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. I use the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision making and health care spending. My books include Pricing Life (MIT Press 2000) and Free Market Madness (Harvard Business Press, 2009). My newest book, Critical Decisions (HarperCollins), came out in September of 2012, and explores the challenges of shared decision making between doctors and patients.
Lemmon ME, Truog RD, Ubel PA. Allocating Resources Across the Life Span During COVID-19-Integrating Neonates and Children Into Crisis Standards of Care Protocols. Jama Pediatrics. 2020 Dec 14;
Wong CA, Hakimi S, Santanam TS, Madanay F, Fridman I, Ford C, et al. Applying Behavioral Economics to Improve Adolescent and Young Adult Health: A Developmentally-Sensitive Approach. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2020 Dec 4;
Hildenbrand JD, Davis DM, El-Jawahri A, Herring KW, Locke SC, Pollak KI, et al. A novel decision aid for acute myeloid leukemia: a feasibility and preliminary efficacy trial. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Nov 6;