Karen S. Johnson, MD, MS
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I have dedicated my life's work to helping women navigate the sometimes confusing pathway of medical care.
– Karen S. Johnson, MD, MS

Karen S. Johnson, MD, MS

Breast Imaging Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
Where I See Patients
Duke Cancer Center - Durham, NC
I have dedicated my life's work to helping women navigate the sometimes confusing pathway of medical care.
– Karen S. Johnson, MD, MS
My Locations
Duke Cancer Center
20 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710
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About Me

My clinical specialty is breast imaging which means I interpret mammograms, breast ultrasound and breast MRI, as well as perform breast biopsies. My job is not only to detect and diagnose breast cancer as early as possible but also to reassure women who have no signs of breast cancer. The most gratifying thing about my job is the patients. It is a privilege to meet and interact with so many women every day. I think I can speak for all of the breast imagers at Duke when I say I am honored and humbled that they put their trust in me and my clinical skills. My colleagues and I keep one another striving for excellence and we take our jobs very, very seriously. I (we) have dedicated our life’s work to helping women navigate the sometimes confusing pathway of medical care, specifically as it pertains to breast cancer, and we take great pride in what we do.

Languages I Speak
English
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
Fellowship
Breast Imaging, Duke University Medical Center, 2006-2007
Residency
Diagnostic Radiology, George Washington University Medical Center (Washington, DC), 2001-2006
Education
MD, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (Illinois), 2001
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

Broadly, my research interests include detecting & diagnosing early stage breast cancer so women have the best chance possible to conquer the disease. The appropriate and best use of breast MRI is of specific interest to me, as well as, finding ways to help women cope with and reduce the anxiety experienced in conjunction with mammography.

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)

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
Duke requires faculty members to report working relationships with companies in order to make sure any potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.