Karen Baker, MD
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It has been my privilege to help thousands of couples on their journey to grow their families.
– Karen Baker, MD

Karen Baker, MD

Urologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Urology, Urology
Where I See Patients
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center - Durham, NC
Duke Fertility Center - Durham, NC
Duke Urology Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke Urology of Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
It has been my privilege to help thousands of couples on their journey to grow their families.
– Karen Baker, MD
My Locations
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center
120 East Carver Street
Durham, NC 27704-2700
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Duke Fertility Center
5704 Fayetteville Road
Durham, NC 27713-9089
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Duke Urology Clinic
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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Duke Urology of Raleigh
3480 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609-7376
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About Me

Couples struggling to get pregnant can feel stressed and isolated and the choices they face can seem overwhelming. That is why it is essential to me that couples have a thorough understanding of the options available to optimize the man's fertility before embarking upon a reproductive plan. Each couple is unique and I work hand-in-hand with our female reproductive specialists to help couples realize their goals. I think it is important to honor the couple's decision and it has been my privilege to help thousands of couples on their journey to grow their families. I have over two decades of experience in microsurgery and I use surgical, medical, and lifestyle approaches in my practice.

School of Medicine Department
School of Medicine Division
Languages I Speak
English
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Urology, Urology
Fellowship
Male Infertility, The Cleveland Clinic (Ohio), 2012
Residency
Internship, General Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center (Washington), 1996
Urology, Madigan Army Medical Center (Washington), 2001
Education
MD, Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences (Maryland), 1995
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My research interests include using developing tools to help predict a couple's chance of success with reproductive treatment, varicocele and vasectomy reversal outcomes, medical options to improve sperm parameters, and health and lifestyle conditions that impact fertility.

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 a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) 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.
  • American Urological Association
  • North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants