Alixandra S. Purakal, MD
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I work closely with my patients through the complex and stressful processes related to breast cancer screening, biopsy, diagnosis, and lifelong surveillance.
– Alixandra S. Purakal, MD

Alixandra S. Purakal, MD

Breast Imaging Specialist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Cancer Center - Durham, NC
Duke Cancer Center Cary - Cary, NC
Duke Cancer Center Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Duke Health Heritage Radiology - Wake Forest, NC
Duke Radiology at Page Road - Durham, NC
Duke Raleigh Hospital - Raleigh, NC
Duke Raleigh Hospital Imaging Services - Raleigh, NC
I work closely with my patients through the complex and stressful processes related to breast cancer screening, biopsy, diagnosis, and lifelong surveillance.
– Alixandra S. Purakal, MD
My Locations
Duke Cancer Center
20 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Cancer Center Cary
216 Ashville Avenue
Cary, NC 27518-6679
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Duke Cancer Center Raleigh
3404 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609-7341
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Duke Health Heritage Radiology
3000 Rogers Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587-5745
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Duke Radiology at Page Road
4709 Creekstone Drive
Durham, NC 27703-0016
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Duke Raleigh Hospital
3400 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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Duke Raleigh Hospital Imaging Services
3400 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609-7317
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About Me

Women’s imaging is a technical and emotional subspecialty of radiology, and it is essential to have passionate, empathic and proactive physicians guiding patients through these deeply personal medical experiences. Watching my two aunts simultaneously battle breast cancer contributed to my passion for women's health, which I have been actively pursuing since the beginning of my training. I am approachable and compassionate, which allows me to bring a level of comfort and ease to interactions with my patients. I have come to recognize that it is of equal importance to make the correct diagnosis in the reading room as it is to be able to communicate the findings with patience and empathy. Having witnessed the diagnosis of breast cancer from both the patient and physician standpoint, I know the importance of the humanistic as well as scientific attributes of women’s imaging.

Languages I Speak
English
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Training and Education
Fellowship
Breast Imaging, University of Chicago (Illinois), 2018-2019
Residency
Diagnostic Radiology, University of Chicago (Illinois), 2013-2018
Education
MD, Wayne State University (Michigan), 2013
Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
  • Ambetter
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

  • CIGNA
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Duke Group Plans
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • First Medicare Direct*
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC Medicaid
    • NC Medicaid*
    • *Not all Duke locations and doctors participate in this plan. Please contact the location you will be visiting to determine what is accepted.

  • OneNet PPO
  • Optima Health
    • FAMIS
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
  • TRICARE
    • TRICARE Extra*
    • TRICARE for Life*
    • TRICARE Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Standard*
    • *Duke Primary Care does not participate with the plan.

  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare of the River Valley
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

Industry Relationships
Duke requires faculty members to report certain relationships outside of their employment in order to ensure potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has no reported outside relationships with industry.