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James Tulsky, MD

James Tulsky, MD, FACP

Internal Medicine Durham, NC

Chief, Duke Palliative Care

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  • Box 2706 DUMC
    Durham, NC 27710
    Phone: (919) 668-7215
    Fax: (919) 668-1300

Summary

  • I am Chief, Duke Palliative Care and Professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University. I have a longstanding interest in doctor-patient communication, palliative care interventions, and quality of life at the end of life. My current research projects focus on the evaluation and enhancement of communication between oncologists and patients with advanced cancer, identification of clinical, psychosocial and spiritual trajectories of patients at the end of life, development of self-management interventions for patients with life-limiting illness, and evaluating the role of palliative care in congestive heart failure.

Dr. Tulsky's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Internal Medicine: General Internal Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Clinical Interests: Health communication; Physician-patient communication; Chronic Pain; Geriatrics; Medical Ethics

Dr. Tulsky's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Chief, Duke Palliative CareDuke University
    Durham, NC
    Associate Edit Assistant Professor of Medicine (1993 - 1999); Staff Physician (1993 - 2012); Professor of Medicine (1999 - 2006); Director, Center for Palliative Care (2004 - 2012); Professor of Medicine and Nursing (2006 - Present)
  • Staff PhysicianDurham VA Medical Center
    Durham, NC
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical ScholarUniversity of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
  • Attending PhysicianMoffitt-Long Hospitals
    San Francisco, CA
    Member, Ethics Committee (1990-1993)
  • Policy AnalystThe Environmental Fund
    Washington, D.C
  • WorkerHealth Education Field
    Israel

Dr. Tulsky's Education & Medical Training

  • University of California at San FranciscoUniversity of California at San FranciscoChief Residency, Internal Medicine
  • University of California at San FranciscoUniversity of California at San FranciscoResidency, Internal Medicine
  • U of IL Coll of MedUniversity of Illinois College of MedicineMedical School, MD, James Scholar in Independent Study; AOA
  • Cornell UniversityCornell UniversityOther Training, AB, Biology and Society

Dr. Tulsky's Certifications & Licensure

  • NC State Medical LicenseNC State Medical License1993 - 2014
  • American Board of Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine, 1990, Current
  • American Board of Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal MedicineHospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012, Current

Dr. Tulsky's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • for Research ExcellenceAmerican Academy on Hospice and Palliative Medicine Awardfor Research Excellence, 2006
  • Duke University School of MedicineEngel SocietyDuke University School of Medicine, 2005
  • For dedication to teaching medical students, Duke UniversityDavison Excellence in Teaching AwardFor dedication to teaching medical students, Duke University, 2005
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Dr. Tulsky's Clinical Trials

Dr. Tulsky's Publications & Presentations

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Journal Articles

  • The evolution of volunteerism and professional staff within hospice care in North Carolina.Steinhauser KE, Maddox GL, Person JL, Tulsky JA, Hospice J 2000;15(1):35-51
  • Responding to legal requests for physician-assisted suicide.Tulsky JA, Ciampa R, Rosen EJ, Ann Intern Med 2000;132(6):494-99
  • In search of a good death: observations of patients, families and providers.Steinhauser KE, Clipp EC, McNeilly MD, Christakis NA, McIntyre LM, Tulsky JA, Ann Intern Med 2000; 132(10):825-32.
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Books/Book Chapters

  • Book Review: Death Foretold: Prophecy and prognosis in medical care.
    Tulsky JA
    Editors: N Christakis.N Engl J Med; 2000;342(7):522
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics.Chapter: Advance Directives
    Fischer GS, Tulsky JA, Arnold RM
    Editors: Stephen G.Macmillan Reference USA, New York
    Edition 3,
  • Geriatrics, a Lange Clinical Manual.
    Tulsky JA, Goldschlager N. Syncope
    Editors: Lonergan, Edmund T.Stamford: Appleton & Lange
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Abstracts/Posters

  • Patient knowledge after advance directive discussions.Tulsky JA, Fischer GS, Rose MR, Arnold RM, J Gen Intern Med 1995;10(4 suppl):114.
  • Arnold RM Patient preference for "futile" treatments after advance directive discussions.Tulsky JA, Fischer GS, Rose MR, J Gen Intern Med 1995;10(4 suppl):115
  • Ability of physicians to predict patient treatment wishes after advance directive discussions.Fischer GS, Tulsky JA, Arnold RM, J Gen Intern Med 1995;10(4 suppl):108
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Lectures

  • Medicine and Memory: Say What?Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, UCSF Medical Center
  • Delivering Bad News to Patients with AIDS.Guest speaker, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, San Francisco, CA
  • Ethics and the Care of the Elderly.Guest speaker, San Francisco Jewish Family Network
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Grant Support

  • Palliative Care In Heart Failure (Pal-Hf)
    Palliative Care In Heart Failure (Pal-Hf)National Institute Of Nursing Research
    2011 - 2011
  • Communication In Oncologist Patient Encounters: A Patient Intervention
    Communication In Oncologist Patient Encounters: A Patient InterventionNational Cancer Institute
    2009 - 2011
  • Self-Management Interventions In Life-Limiting Illness
    Self-Management Interventions In Life-Limiting IllnessNational Institute Of Nursing Research
    2008 - 2011
  • Data Collection, Management And Qualitative Analysis Core
    Data Collection, Management And Qualitative Analysis CoreNational Institute Of Nursing Research
    2008 - 2011
  • Trajectories Of Serious Illness: Patients And Caregivers
    Trajectories Of Serious Illness: Patients And CaregiversNational Institute Of Nursing Research
    2003 - 2007
  • Enhancing Patient-Oncologist Communication
    Enhancing Patient-Oncologist CommunicationNational Cancer Institute
    2003 - 2007

Other Languages

  • Hebrew

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS North Carolina BlueOptions PPO
  • Blue Shield California PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO

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