Melanie B. Thomas, MD, FACP, MSc
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Melanie B. Thomas, MD, FACP, MSc

Duke Cancer Network, Medical Oncologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Where I See Patients
Gibson Cancer Center (Duke Cancer Network) - Lumberton, NC
Johnston Hematology / Oncology - Clayton (Duke Cancer Network) - Clayton, NC
Johnston Hematology / Oncology - Smithfield (Duke Cancer Network) - Smithfield, NC
Maria Parham Cancer Center (Duke Cancer Network) - Henderson, NC
Scotland Cancer Treatment Center (Duke Cancer Network) - Laurinburg, NC
My Locations
Gibson Cancer Center (Duke Cancer Network)
1200 Pine Run Drive
Lumberton, NC 28358
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Johnston Hematology / Oncology - Clayton (Duke Cancer Network)
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Johnston Hematology / Oncology - Smithfield (Duke Cancer Network)
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Maria Parham Cancer Center (Duke Cancer Network)
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Scotland Cancer Treatment Center (Duke Cancer Network)
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

I am a medical oncologist with more than 16 years’ experience caring for patients with primarily solid organ tumors. My focus has been on malignancies of the GI tract; however, I see patients with all types of cancer. My goal is to provide the best possible care for my patients and bring high-value clinical trials to our clinics. My reason for becoming a physician was to serve and take care of others. Being an oncologist is the best possible job in the world: there are new, exciting treatments coming every day, and oncology provides the opportunity to build long-term relationships with patients, helping them and navigate a very difficult time in their lives. My patients are the greatest inspiration to me every day through their strength and determination and acceptance that life is lived in the present. In my free time, I enjoy reading and outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, and adventure travel.

Languages I Speak
English
Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Fellowship
Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2002
Residency
Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Massachusetts), 1999
Education
MD, Boston University School of Medicine (Massachusetts), 1996
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My research has focused on clinical trials of novel chemotherapy agents in cancers of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tract, pancreas, and colon. I have also been involved in many Phase I trials of new drugs in all solid tumors. Currently, I am focusing on bringing clinical trials to underserved regions of NC and on cancer disparities research. I currently serve as a member of the National Cancer Institute Central Institutional Review Board (NCI CIRB), Early Phase Emphasis. In this role, I help bring the highest quality Phase I clinical trials to patients throughout the country.

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.