Arif H. Kamal, MD
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I believe that all patients and their caregivers expect and deserve close attention to issues that are affecting their quality of life.
– Arif H. Kamal, MD

Arif H. Kamal, MD

Medical Oncologist, Palliative Medicine Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Internal Med, Medical Oncology
American Board of Internal Med, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Where I See Patients
Duke Cancer Center - Durham, NC
I believe that all patients and their caregivers expect and deserve close attention to issues that are affecting their quality of life.
– Arif H. Kamal, MD

My Locations

20 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710
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About Me

I believe that all patients and their caregivers expect and deserve close attention to issues that are affecting their quality of life. As an oncologist (cancer doctor) and palliative medicine physician, I aim to make the experience of going through serious cancer less distressful, adding in an extra layer of support.

Languages I Speak
English, Bengali

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Med, Medical Oncology
American Board of Internal Med, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Fellowship
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (Minnesota), 2008-2009
Hematology-Oncology, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2009-2012
Residency
Internal Medicine, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (Minnesota), 2005-2008
Education
MD, University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine, 2005

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research focuses on improving the quality of care for patients who receive cancer care, supportive care services, and palliative care. I work with a team of medical, nursing, and social work experts at Duke, alongside several partners across the world, in thinking about how the processes of care which improve patient outcomes can be prioritized.

Publications
View my publications on PubMed

Insurance Accepted

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

    • 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 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 of North Carolina
    • 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 Choice Plus
    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

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

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • 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
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Select*
    • *Duke Primary Care is considered an authorized, non-network participating provider.

    • 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)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate with the plan.

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.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Acclivity Health Solutions
  • AstraZeneca
  • Compassus Hospice
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson)
  • New Century Health
  • Prepped Health LLC
  • United Healthcare