Laura Barisoni, MD
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Laura Barisoni, MD


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Where I See Patients
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Pathology, Pathology - Anatomic - General

About Me

My interest in renal pathology started early in my training. This unique interest led me to seek expanded training and broader investigative opportunities abroad. My major clinical interest is in the renal manifestations of nephrotic syndrome and classification of podocytopathies. Beyond my publications and investigations on nephrotic syndrome, I was a participant in clinical trials for drug development for Fabry’s disease; first as a special employee for the FDA and later as a pathologist for the pharmaceutical industry. These opportunities extended my skills within both the regulatory requirements of drug discovery and the design of pathology criteria applicable from the perspective of pharmaceutical companies, including novel digital pathology-based protocols.

Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Pathology, Pathology - Anatomic - General
Pathology, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 2002-2003
Pathology, New York University, 1999-2000
Pathology, Columbia University Medical Center (New York), 1997-1999
MD, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy), 1989

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My major research interest is in the renal manifestations of nephrotic syndrome, with particular attention to the pathogenesis of podocytopathies, in both human renal biopsies and animal models. My initial interests in the underlying causes of glomerular diseases and better classifying podocytopathies has accompanied my entire career. Over the years, it has evolved into an interest in precision medicine, reflected by my active participation and contribution to the Kidney Precision Medicine Program (KPMP). My professional growth in this second phase of my career is defined by clinical research in the setting of large consortia and the implementation of digital pathology as a tool for tissue interrogation. I have recently collaborated with computational engineers and pathology informaticists to explore new application of computational imaging in renal diseases. This effort aims to utilize deep learning strategies to enable discovery of structural changes that can reveal molecular mechanisms or prognostic biomarkers.

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.
  • Indorsia
  • Nephcure
  • Sangamo
  • Veloxis
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • international society of glomerular diseases
  • protalix