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Richard M. Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Medical Oncology Chief, Division of Oncology Physician-in-Chief, NC Cancer Hospital Professor, Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lineberger

Areas of Interest

Medical Oncology, Prostate Cancer, and Outcomes Research


Dr. Basch is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of men with prostate cancer. He has led and participated in many of the national guidelines on the treatment of prostate cancer. He leads a research program focused on improving the patient-centeredness and quality of cancer care and oncology drug development. He has developed tools with the National Cancer Institute that are widely used for collecting symptom information directly from patients. His research demonstrated that electronic symptom monitoring during cancer treatment improves patients’ quality of life, reduces hospitalizations, and lengthens survival. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and previously completed terms on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Board of Directors of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), and the NCI Steering Committee for Cancer Care Delivery Research.

Education and Training

  • UndergraduateBA, Brown University, Area: English
  • Medical SchoolMD, Harvard Medical School, Area: Medicine
  • ResidencyMassachusetts General Hospital, Area: Internal Medicine
  • FellowshipMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Area: Oncology
  • MPhilOxford University, Area: Literature
  • MScHarvard School of Public Health, Area: Epidemiology

I believe deeply in the importance of listening to patients, communicating options clearly, and coming to shared decisions about treatment. Quality of life is one of my highest goals for patients and families. I try my best to understand the values and experiences of patients, and to provide support as well as needed information. I appreciate that everyone makes unique decisions for their own situation and beliefs. I work with an outstanding team of colleagues who help with each patient, including nurse “navigators” who help patients and families understand the complexities of receiving cancer care; pharmacists who review drugs and explain side effects; and counselors when needed. At UNC, we have many clinical trials that may be an option for patients, depending on their situation, and it is my goal to offer patients the best and most up-to-date treatment options.

Ethan Basch, MD, MSc