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It is my goal to serve both the child and the parents to provide a reliable partner who can be counted on for clear information and help.
– J. Todd Purves, MD, PhD

J. Todd Purves, MD, PhD

Pediatric Urologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Urology, Urology
American Board of Urology, Pediatric Urology
Where I See Patients
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center - Durham, NC
Duke Children's Specialty Services of Greensboro - Greensboro, NC
Duke Urology Clinic - Durham, NC
Lenox Baker Children's Hospital - Durham, NC
It is my goal to serve both the child and the parents to provide a reliable partner who can be counted on for clear information and help.
– J. Todd Purves, MD, PhD
My Locations
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
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Duke Children's Specialty Services of Greensboro
1126 North Church Street
Greensboro, NC 27401-1037
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Duke Urology Clinic
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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Lenox Baker Children's Hospital
3000 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705-4599
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

My practice in pediatric urologist focuses on treating children with congenital defects and illnesses that involved the kidney, bladder and genitalia. As a father, I understand that it can be quite scary when a child is sick or born with problems. Therefore, it is my goal to serve both the child and the parents to provide a reliable partner who can be counted on for clear information and help. Children receive the best care possible when their doctor and parents form a knowledgeable team that works together. I offer considerable medical expertise but rely on parents who are the "world's experts" regarding their own individual child. While nobody wants their child to need a medical/surgical specialist, I find that when we all work for the interest of the patient, we obtain the best results and sometimes even have fun doing it. In addition to my medical practice, I run an NIH funded laboratory that is dedicated to solving urinary problems in children. My background as a basic scientist allows me to insure that my patients are always receiving the most modern and effective treatment available. Often, my patients and their families inspire new ideas for how we treat problems now and in the future!

School of Medicine Department
School of Medicine Division
Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.84 out of 5
137 ratings, 27 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Urology, Urology
American Board of Urology, Pediatric Urology
Fellowship
Pediatric Urology, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 2006-2008
Residency
Urology, University of Arizona, 2000-2006
Education
MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 2000
PhD, Biochemistry, University of Illinois, 1998
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

Urinary problems are often caused when the bladder becomes inflamed from a variety of causes, including infection (UTI), spinal cord defects or injury, diabetes, or obstruction. My NIH funded laboratory studies how the innate immune system recognizes these challenges and responds by creating a state of inflammation. We hope that our understanding of this process will allow us develop treatments that help our patients in the future.

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*
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  • 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)

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Industry Relationships
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