Michael B. Datto, MD, PhD
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Michael B. Datto, MD, PhD

Pathologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Pathology, Pathology General
American Board of Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
American Board of Pathology, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
Where I See Patients
Duke Regional Hospital - Durham, NC

My Locations

3643 N. Roxboro St
Durham, NC 27704
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About Me

I am an AP/CP/MGP board-certified pathologist who specializes in molecular pathology. I am also the Associate Vice President for Duke University Health System Clinical Laboratories, the Vice-Chair for Clinical Pathology, and Medical Director for Duke University Health System Clinical Laboratories. In these roles, I am responsible for ensuring that every patient who is seen in a Duke Hospital or Duke Clinic gets accurate and timely laboratory test results, from comprehensive genetic profiling in cancer to routine chemistry and blood counts to diagnostic tests for COVID-19. I also provide profession interpretation for molecular diagnostic testing, including the wide range of PCR, quantitative PCR, sequencing, and FISH-based tests for inherited genetic diseases, hematologic malignancies, solid tumors, and infectious diseases.

Languages I Speak
English

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Pathology, Pathology General
American Board of Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology
American Board of Pathology, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
Residency
Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, 2004
Education
MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1999
PhD, Molecular Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center, 1999

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research program develops data systems to aggregate, normalize, and utilize high complexity and high volume laboratory data. I have developed the Molecular Registry of Tumors (MrT): a software solution that supports routine patient care, clinical research, clinical trials matching, engagement with the AACR GENIE Project, and the Molecular Tumor Board for Duke Health. The ultimate goal of this work is to ensure that the vast amount of laboratory data can be put to use to provide better patient care, research, and education.

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 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 Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plus Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • 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
    • 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.

  • Bright Health
    • 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
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • 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
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • 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
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • 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 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)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice, freestanding radiology locations, and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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External Relationships

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