Melissa Allen, MD, MS
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Melissa Allen, MD, MS

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Areas of Expertise
Where I See Patients
Duke Orthopaedics Arringdon - Morrisville, NC
Lenox Baker Children's Hospital - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - General

About Me

Overview

So much of life’s experiences and enjoyment comes from movement, and I have made it my mission to help children live their best lives through improved physical function. I enjoy getting to know both the patient and their guardians and believe shared decision making is the best way to optimize outcomes. This entails taking the whole child, family situation, and goals into consideration and coming up with a strategy together that makes the most sense. I have specialized interest and experience treating developmental hip dysplasia and a variety of leg deformities including those that are crooked, twisted, or too short. With these conditions, we are beginning with a structure that isn’t normal and working to make it better than it could have been without intervention. Even thinking about having surgery can be nerve wracking for children and their families alike, but my team and I will be with you every step of the way.

Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak
English

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery - General
Fellowship
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship, Texas Children's Hospital/Shriner's Hospital for Children Houston, 2018-2019
Residency
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Mayo Clinic (Minnesota), 2013-2018
Education
MD, Medical University of South Carolina, 2013
MSCR, Medical University of South Carolina, 2013

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests
Research Interests

I study primarily the treatment of hip conditions and lower limb deformities in children and adolescents. Some of my specific interests are developmental hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and torsion of the femur and tibia.

Publications

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.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research