John W. Stanifer, MD, MSc
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John W. Stanifer, MD, MSc

Nephrologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Where I See Patients
Duke Nephrology South Durham - Durham, NC
My Locations
Duke Nephrology South Durham
234 Crooked Creek Parkway
Durham, NC 27713-8507
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About Me

I grew up on a farm in rural east Tennessee, in the Appalachian Hills. My grandfather was a small town pediatrician for 50+ years and had an indelible influence on my career path and decisions. I attended Wake Forest University for college, then to the University of Tennessee for Medical School in Memphis, where I met my wife. I have always had a strong interest in health disparities, rural health, and global health. I was fortunate enough to train in a combined internal medicine-global health residency at Duke, which gave me the opportunity to live and work abroad at Duke’s partnership site in Tanzania, where over the course of a year I saw many patients with different types of kidney disease and conducted epidemiological research to understand why they had such high burdens of kidney disease. We had the most amazing time in Tanzania meeting people, learning the language and culture, and even climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. After returning from that experience, I was certain of my decision to pursue training in Nephrology, and I completed fellowship training at Duke. Now, I diagnosis and treat an array of kidney disease. My particular focus is on the treatment of kidney disease before it becomes kidney failure requiring dialysis.

Languages I Speak
English
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Fellowship
Nephrology, Duke University Medical Center, 2014-2017
Residency
Internal Medicine and Global Health, Duke University Medical Center, 2010-2014
Education
MD, University of Tennessee School of Medicine, 2010
MSc, Global Health, Duke University, 2014
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My research interests are in chronic kidney disease, with a focus on preventing kidney failure. In particular, I am interested in using translational methods, such as genetic, metabolomic, and population-based epidemiological studies, to identify causes for and eventually eliminate health disparities in kidney disease. I work to understand the patterns and causes of chronic kidney disease in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 120 million people now are estimated to live with kidney disease, yet therapies are not readily available. In North Carolina, I am particularly focused on rural health disparities, where much of the kidney disease occurs yet access to healthcare remains limited. I specifically work in Robeson County, NC to study causes and drivers of the high burdens of kidney disease, with a focus on the Lumbee Indians.

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)

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Industry Relationships
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