John J. Strouse, MD, PhD
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My goal is to provide compassionate care for people with sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders.
– John J. Strouse, MD, PhD

John J. Strouse, MD, PhD

Hematologist, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Specialist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Adult Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center - Clinic 2N - Durham, NC
Duke Children's Health Center Hematology Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke Hematology of Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
Duke Raleigh Benign Hematology - Raleigh, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Internal Med, Hematology
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
My goal is to provide compassionate care for people with sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders.
– John J. Strouse, MD, PhD

About Me

I became interested in medicine after studying tropical forest in college and realizing that I wanted more contact with people than trees. In medical school, I cared for children and adults with sickle cell disease and was inspired by the challenges and complexity of this chronic illness. I chose to train in both pediatric and adult hematology and now see both children and adults with non-malignant blood disorders. I joined Duke Health in July 2016 to direct the Adult Sickle Cell Program and focus on the care of children and adults with disorders of hemoglobin.

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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.77 out of 5
63 ratings, 12 reviews

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Med, Hematology
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Hematology, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Maryland), 2000-2004
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Johns Hopkins University and National Cancer Institute (Maryland), 2000-2004
Combined Program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Rochester, 1996-2000
MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland), 1996
PhD, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland), 2009

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I study risk factors for lung and brain injury from sickle cell disease and how to best prevent and treat these problems. I am also interested in understanding how sickle cell disease changes as people age and whether simple tests of function can identify people at increased risk of serious complications. We plan to study if a medical exercise program can prevent these problems and improve the function of older adults.

Publications and Grants

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 Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • 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
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • 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 Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • 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
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • 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 Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do 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.
  • American Society of Hematology
  • Bendin Sumrall & Ladner, llc
  • Coleman Research
  • Disc Medicine
  • EBSCO Health / DynaMed Plus
  • Editas Medicine
  • ExpertConnect
  • Frontiers
  • GLG
  • Guidepoint Global
  • National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
  • UpToDate, Inc