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I focus on getting to the bottom of the problem that brings the patient to me, and that means talking with the patient and the parents.
– Robert D. Fitch, MD

Robert D. Fitch, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pediatric Spine Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics
Where I See Patients
Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center - Durham, NC
Duke Orthopaedics at Page Road - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Lenox Baker Children's Hospital - Durham, NC
I focus on getting to the bottom of the problem that brings the patient to me, and that means talking with the patient and the parents.
– Robert D. Fitch, MD
My Locations
Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center
2400 Pratt Street
Durham, NC 27710-3976
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Orthopaedics at Page Road
4709 Creekstone Drive
Durham, NC 27703-0016
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Lenox Baker Children's Hospital
3000 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705-4599
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

Duke attracts complex cases that can be difficult to manage. I’ve accepted that challenge. Duke delivers quality care. Our orthopaedic department has world-recognized practitioners. But it’s more than the practitioners. It’s the entire Duke program. How patients are managed, the respect they receive – it’s all outstanding at Duke. I deal with the immature musculoskeletal system – children before completion of growth. There are unique disorders in children related to growing, such as fractures in growth areas, a spinal curvature disorder called scoliosis, as well as congenital anomalies, such as club feet or shortening of legs or arms. I focus on getting to the bottom of the problem that brings the patient to me, and that means talking with the patient and the parents. There has to be a rapport with the family and an understanding of the circumstances unique to each individual patient. I continue to be amazed and inspired by children who face and overcome medical adversity with such positive attitudes. It’s rewarding to see them recover.

Languages I Speak
English
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Procedures
Procedures I Perform the Most
Pediatric Orthopaedics Team

The pediatric orthopaedic specialists team treat congenital, developmental, and traumatic disorders that affect bones, soft tissues, joints, and the neuromuscular system, including scoliosis, club foot, leg length differences, orthopaedic tumors, fractures, cerebral palsy, and other conditions. Please note that not every provider on the team offers all of the procedures listed. For more information on scheduling appointments for specific procedures please call 855-855-6484.

Surgeries Performed by the Pediatric Orthopaedics Team
5,549

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2018 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Ratings and Reviews

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Overall Provider Rating
4.59 out of 5
271 ratings, 41 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics
Fellowship
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 1982-1983
Residency
Orthopaedics, Duke University Medical Center, 1978-1982
Education
MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1976
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My clinical research interests involve congenital and developmental deformities of the extremities and congenital disorders of the hip.

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)

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.

Industry Relationships
Duke requires faculty members to report working relationships with companies in order to make sure any potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.