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Debara L. Tucci, MD, MBA, MS

Ear Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Otolaryngology, Neurotology
American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
Where I See Patients
Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center - Durham, NC
Duke Otolaryngology South Durham - Durham, NC
Duke Otolaryngology, Head and Neck, ENT, Oral Surgery Clinic - Durham, NC
My Locations
Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center
2400 Pratt Street
Durham, NC 27710-3976
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Otolaryngology South Durham
234 Crooked Creek Parkway
Durham, NC 27713-8507
Use My Current Location to calculate the distance to this facility.
This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Otolaryngology, Head and Neck, ENT, Oral Surgery Clinic
Use My Current Location to calculate the distance to this facility.
This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

As a board-certified otologist/neurotologist, I am specially trained to care for adults and children with ear and hearing disorders and inner ear causes of dizziness. Some of my most rewarding work is in restoring hearing. As director of Duke’s cochlear implant program, I use cochlear implants and other surgical procedures to restore hearing in people with tumors and ear infections. My interest in hearing started when I worked as an audiologist before medical school. After joining Duke, I co-founded the Duke Hearing Center where we conduct research to one day eliminate deafness and hearing impairments. I live in Durham with my husband and three children, who keep me very busy when I am not at the hospital. I am fortunate to work with a team of physicians, nurses, audiologists and other providers who provide our patients with personalized care. We look forward to meeting you.

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Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.64 out of 5
261 ratings, 52 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Otolaryngology, Neurotology
American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
Fellowship
Otology-Neurotology-Skull Base Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1990-1992
Residency
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, 1986-1990
Education
MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1985
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My past research focused on effects of hearing loss on brain development. My current research interests include cochlear implantation and treatment of hearing loss and other ear diseases.

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
    • 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
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has an outside financial interest with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.
  • Frequency Therapeutics