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
Duke Regional Hospital
3643 N. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27704
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About Me

I am pathologist who specializes in molecular pathology -- the study and diagnosis of disease through the examination of DNA, RNA and proteins. I am also medical director for Duke University Health System Clinical Laboratories. In these roles, I am responsible for maintaining the standards of the College of American Pathologists and CLIA/CMS within all clinical laboratories at Duke. Specifically, I oversees clinical testing and reporting, develop quality management systems and proficiency testing programs, provide consultation with ordering physicians and patients, develop strategic plans that are in line with the needs of our patients, physicians, and health system leadership. I also coordinate research and development for clinical laboratories, and 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 focuses on developing multi-gene assays to determine cancer patient-specific prognoses in the context of breast, ovary and colon cancer. The ultimate goal of this work is to produce improved molecular diagnostic assays that incorporate genome-wide prognostic and diagnostic molecular profiling into the clinical laboratories for routine patient care. This involves the study of factors that affect the precision and accuracy of array-based and next generation sequencing-based approaches, as well as the discovery of new diagnostic molecular makers.

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)

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Industry Relationships
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