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

Niharika B. Mettu, MD, PhD

Medical Oncologist

4.87 out of 5  (119 ratings, 26 reviews)
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919-681-3480 Office number
919-613-5228
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Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. 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.

Below are the plans currently accepted in 2018. There are some changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2019. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2019 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

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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, French
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
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
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.

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Overall provider rating
4.87 out of 5 (119 ratings, 26 reviews)
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.