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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Where I See Patients
Gibson Cancer Center (Duke Cancer Network) - Lumberton, NC
Maria Parham Cancer Center (Duke Cancer Network) - Henderson, NC
Scotland Cancer Treatment Center (Duke Cancer Network) - Laurinburg, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Internal Med, Medical Oncology

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.

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Med, Medical Oncology
Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2002
Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Massachusetts), 1999
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.


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

Duke requires faculty members to report certain relationships outside of their employment in order to ensure potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has reported no outside activities that relate to their Duke responsibilities.