Staff: Paul Han, M.D., M.A., M.P.H.
Paul Han, M.D., M.A., M.P.H.
- Office of the Associate Director (OAD)
- Behavioral Research Program (BRP)
Paul Han, M.D., M.A., M.P.H., is a Senior Scientist in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP). His broad research interests are in risk communication and medical decision making, and his work spans the disciplines of behavioral and health services research. His specific interests focus on understanding and improving the communication and management of uncertainty in health care, and his program of research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine these problems in various clinical domains including cancer prevention and treatment, genomic medicine, and palliative and end-of-life care.
Dr. Han earned his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine, and an M.A. in Bioethics and an M.P.H. from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed Internal Medicine residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles, and spent the first half of his career as a practicing general internist and palliative medicine physician, before completing an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship in BRP and shifting his focus to research. Dr. Han is the author of Uncertainty in Medicine: A Framework for Tolerance (Oxford University Press, 2021), as well as over 150 papers and book chapters in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and he has been actively involved in initiatives to promote shared decision making and teach risk communication skills to medical students and physicians.
In addition to his Senior Scientist role in BRP, Dr. Han also serves as an adjunct investigator with the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) in the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, and is leading cross-division research initiatives and projects focused on improving the communication of risk and uncertainty in cancer care, and helping patients and clinicians tolerate uncertainties that arise in cancer care.
Current and/or past CGB mentees include Emily Pearce.
- Medical uncertainty
- Shared decision making
- Risk communication
- Predictive modeling
- Cancer screening
- Cancer genomics
- Palliative and end-of-life care
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Sepucha K, Han PKJ, Chang Y, Atlas SJ, Korsen N, Leavitt L, Lee V, Percac-Lima S, Mancini B, Richter J, Scharnetzki E, Siegel LC, Valentine KD, Fairfield KM, Simmons LH. Promoting Informed Decisions About Colorectal Cancer Screening in Older Adults (PRIMED Study): a Physician Cluster Randomized Trial. J Gen Intern Med 2022 Aug 5.
- Gillman AS, Scharnetzki L, Boyd P, Ferrer RA, Klein WMP, Han PKJ. Perceptions and tolerance of uncertainty: relationship to trust in COVID-19 health information and vaccine hesitancy. J Behav Med 2022 Apr 8:1-14.
- Han PKJ, Scharnetzki E, Anderson E, DiPalazzo J, Strout TD, Gutheil C, Lucas FL, Edelman E, Rueter J. Epistemic Beliefs: Relationship to Future Expectancies and Quality of Life in Cancer Patients. J Pain Symptom Manage 2022 Apr; 63(4):512-521.
- Han PKJ, Scharnetzki E, Scherer AM, Thorpe A, Lary C, Waterston LB, Fagerlin A, Dieckmann NF. Communicating Scientific Uncertainty About the COVID-19 Pandemic: Online Experimental Study of an Uncertainty-Normalizing Strategy. J Med Internet Res 2021 Apr 22; 23(4).
- Han PKJ, Strout TD, Gutheil C, Germann C, King B, Ofstad E, Gulbrandsen P, Trowbridge R. How Physicians Manage Medical Uncertainty: A Qualitative Study and Conceptual Taxonomy. Med Decis Making 2021 Apr; 41(3):275-291.