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I am committed to bringing the best of myself and of the art and science of medicine to each patient encounter.
– Howard W. Francis, MD, MBA

Howard W. Francis, MD, MBA

Ear Surgeon, Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor, Head and Neck Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
American Board of Otolaryngology, Neurotology
Where I See Patients
Duke Otolaryngology South Durham - Durham, NC
Duke Otolaryngology, Head and Neck, ENT, Oral Surgery Clinic - Durham, NC
I am committed to bringing the best of myself and of the art and science of medicine to each patient encounter.
– Howard W. Francis, MD, MBA
My Locations
Duke Otolaryngology South Durham
234 Crooked Creek Parkway
Durham, NC 27713-8507
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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

Being a physician fulfills my lifelong desire to be of service. I am fulfilled every day by helping to improve my patients’ quality of life through the diagnosis and treatment of ear and skull base disorders. I take great pride in the mastery of my craft and the high standard of our teams. I enjoy serving patients of all ages from infancy to the senior years, and my expertise spans the full range of the medical and surgical management of complex ear, hearing, and balance disorders. I value the development of strong patient-doctor relationships and am guided by the belief that every patient deserves the same compassion and high standards as I would expect for my own family. I am guided by gratitude, faith, and commitment in my professional life and in my role as a husband of over 20 years and father of a daughter and son.

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Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.89 out of 5
71 ratings, 13 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
American Board of Otolaryngology, Neurotology
Fellowship
Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, Johns Hopkins University (Maryland), 1995-1997
Residency
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University (Maryland), 1990-1995
Education
MD, Harvard Medical School, MIT Division of Health and Science Technology (Massachusetts), 1990
MBA, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (Maryland), 2012
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My research is focused on improving the results of skull base surgery and of cochlear implantation in children and adults. I have published over 100 journal articles on these and other topics in collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines. Among other contributions, this work has reduced complications related to acoustic neuroma surgery and has improved our ability to identify older adults who require additional support with their cochlear implant.

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.
  • Advanced Bionics Corp.(Boston Scientific)
  • Med El Corporation