Joanne Kurtzberg, MD Joanne Kurtzberg, MD

Joanne Kurtzberg, MD

Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

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

Below are the plans currently accepted in 2018. There are some changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2019. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2019 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

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919-668-1119 Office number
919-668-1183
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Insurance

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

Below are the plans currently accepted in 2018. There are some changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2019. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2019 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

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ABOUT ME

I’m a pediatric blood and bone marrow transplant specialist. I see patients from all over the world, many of whom have very rare diseases. I take care of patients with leukodystrophies, leukemias and other blood disorders that are resistant to standard treatment, and children with brain injuries like cerebral palsy. It’s rewarding to make a difference when treating challenging diseases. I’ve been fortunate over my career to be able to develop new treatments in the laboratory that I take into the clinic to help patients. In fact, here at Duke I was involved in the first cord-blood transplant anywhere in the world. When meeting with patients, I focus on making their experience more than just the medicine. We have a family support program for things beyond medical needs, which is especially helpful for families that are far from home. Outside of work, I like to knit, bike and spend time with my family.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
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Training
EDUCATION
MD, New York Medical College, 1976
RESIDENCY
Pediatrics, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse (New York), 1977-1979
FELLOWSHIP
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Upstate Medical Center (New York), 1979-1980
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Duke University Medical Center, 1980-1983
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research is focused on discovering new treatments for children with blood disorders, genetic diseases and brain injuries. I have worked in the development of new drugs for patients with T-cell leukemias, used cord blood transplants for children with cancer, sickle cell anemia and leukodystrophies. I’ve learned that after a cord blood transplant, donor cells help heal the brain. My current research is focused on finding ways to use cord blood cells to help children with Krabbe disease, MLD, ALD, Hurler syndrome and other leukodystrophies. I am also developing new treatments for children with birth asphyxia, cerebral palsy and autism as well as for adults with stroke.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.