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Semra Ozdemir

Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences


Dr. Ozdemir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Duke University and is affiliated with Duke Clinical Research Institute. She also holds a joint appointment at the Signature Programme in Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. Dr. Ozdemir’s research focuses on three areas of medical decision making: 1) assessing individuals’ preferences and values for healthcare services and products, 2) understanding the medical decision-making process among patients, their family caregivers, and clinicians, and 3) developing decision aids or tools to help individuals make better-informed medical decisions. She uses survey methods, cohort studies, and implementation science principles to conduct research in these areas.

Dr. Ozdemir is an expert in stated-preference methods and shared decision-making tools. Dr. Ozdemir led a large team of health communication and decision science experts and clinicians in the development of an educational and preference-based decision aid for older patients with end-stage kidney disease who are considering dialysis or kidney supportive care. She is an Associate Editor for Value in Health and has served on the editorial boards for Medical Decision Making and Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. She is also the co-chair of the Shared Decision Making Special Interest Group for the Society for Medical Decision Making.

Dr. Ozdemir has a personal interest and commitment to eliminating disparities in making quality medical decisions and promoting diversity stemming from her personal experience, professional career, and many years of living and working in different countries. She loves running, paddling, travelling, and cheering for her sons in their soccer games and bike races.

Areas of expertise: Medical decision making, shared decision making, health preference assessment, stated-preference methods, decision aid research.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2023 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2013 Ph.D.