Ethan Basch, MD, MSc
Dr. Ethan Basch is a medical oncologist and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of North Carolina, which he is Director of Cancer Outcomes Research. His group established that up to half of patients’ symptom side effects go undetected during cancer treatment and clinical trials, and that patient engagement and questionnaires substantially improve detection. His team determined that integrating web-based patient-reported symptoms into oncology clinical practice improves clinical outcomes and reduces health service utilization. His team created a system for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to collect patient-reported side effects during cancer trials called the ‘PRO-CTCAE.’ Dr. Basch is also involved in efforts to bring PROs into comparative effectiveness research, routine care, and quality improvement. He serves on the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, is Chair of Cancer Care Deliver Research for the Alliance cooperative group, and is an Associate Editor at JAMA.