Niharika B. Mettu, MD, PhD Niharika B. Mettu, MD, PhD
Niharika B. Mettu, MD, PhD

Medical Oncologist

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Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks. Please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services at Duke Health locations and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. Below are the plans currently accepted in 2016. There are many changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2017. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2017 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

Click to see a list of accepted insurance plans
  • Aetna
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Open Access Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Select Plus (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Elect Choice (EPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Managed Choice (MC)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Open Choice (PPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Local - Duke Health/WakeMed
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
  • CIGNA
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Healthcare
    • Carelink Duke Medical Home
    • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
    • Coventry Advantra Gold (HMO)
    • Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
    • Coventry National Network
    • Coventry One/Duke Medicine
  • Duke Select
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Choice (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Plus (HMO)
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • 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*
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • AARP Medicare Direct Essential (PFFS)*
    • 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 Compass
    • 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)
Contact
919-681-3480 Office number
919-613-5528
Fax number
Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks. Please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services at Duke Health locations and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. Below are the plans currently accepted in 2016. There are many changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2017. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2017 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

Click to see a list of accepted insurance plans

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Open Access Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Select Plus (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Elect Choice (EPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Managed Choice (MC)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Open Choice (PPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Local - Duke Health/WakeMed
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
  • CIGNA
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Healthcare
    • Carelink Duke Medical Home
    • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
    • Coventry Advantra Gold (HMO)
    • Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
    • Coventry National Network
    • Coventry One/Duke Medicine
  • Duke Select
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Choice (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Plus (HMO)
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • 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*
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • AARP Medicare Direct Essential (PFFS)*
    • 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 Compass
    • 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)

Contact
WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
  • 20 Duke Medicine Circle

    Durham, NC 27710

Profile
ABOUT ME

My passion is the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies. I strive to take the very best care of my patients that I possibly can. Working with world-class colleagues and a multidisciplinary team which includes radiation and surgical oncologists makes this possible. I first became interested in oncology as a first-year medical student when I got to see tumors in my pathology class. I came to appreciate the beauty of the gastrointestinal tract while observing GI surgeries as a second-year medical student. My fascination with how cancers develop and how we may develop new therapies to treat cancer led me to pursue a PhD in molecular cancer biology. This training honed the critical thinking skills that I still use to this day, as I think critically about how best to treat my patients. The close relationships that oncologists have with patients and their families clinched my decision to pursue a career as a medical oncologist. During my fellowship training, I sought out subspecialty training in GI oncology. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three young children, and running.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
Training
EDUCATION
MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 2008
PhD, Molecular Cancer Biology, Duke University, 2007
RESIDENCY
Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 2008-2011
FELLOWSHIP
Hematology-Oncology, Duke University Medical Center, 2011-2014
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Clinical focus and research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

My long-term goal is to develop new therapies to treat patients with gastrointestinal and other solid tumors. To accomplish this, I am active in designing, writing, and running phase I and II clinical trials. I am also interested in the correlative science that furthers our understanding of cancer at a molecular level. I am interested in the identification of biomarkers, which are characteristics of a given patient's tumor that may help us to understand his or her prognosis or how well he or she may respond to a given therapy. The overall objective of this research is to use the knowledge gained to personalize care and find the very best therapies that will enable our patients to fight their cancer.

Industry relationships and collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.