Thomas J. Polascik, MD Thomas J. Polascik, MD
Thomas J. Polascik, MD

Urologist

4.6 out of 5  (101 ratings, 0 reviews)
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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
919-684-4946 Office number
919-684-5220
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

I am a urology surgeon and researcher who specializes in prostate and kidney tumors. I’ve been in practice for 24 years, and at Duke for 17. I always wanted to become a surgeon. I grew up as a classical pianist and wanted to get into a field where I used my hands and could help make a big difference in people’s lives. I had excellent mentors who specialized in urology, so I followed in their footsteps when it came time to choose a specialty. When I see a new patient, I first try to determine how fast their tumor is growing. When treating those who have fast growing tumors, I try to use the least invasive method possible. I enjoy being able to treat patients and get them back to a point where they can resume a high quality of life.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME
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Training
EDUCATION
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (Illinois), 1991
RESIDENCY
General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1991-1993
Urology, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1993-1997
FELLOWSHIP
Urologic Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1997-1998
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Urology, Urology
Clinical focus and research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

I study minimally invasive surgical outcomes (robotics, laparoscopy) for prostate and kidney cancers. I perform and research needle-based outpatient treatments called “focal therapy,” which removes the cancer while preserving the remainder of the prostate and a man’s sexual/urinary function. I also study imaging techniques for prostate cancer (e.g. MRI) and prostate cryosurgery for primary and recurrent prostate cancer. In 2008, I founded the first international meeting on focal therapy in prostate and kidney cancer. I conduct research into minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer. We aim to optimize functional outcomes, such as preservation of erections and urinary control for men while curing prostate cancer. Patients can benefit by having minimally invasive robotic surgery or cryotherapy, thereby optimizing their cancer outcomes, potentially preserving their bodily functions and minimizing their stay in the hospital setting. My research team has an interest in kidney cancer ranging from minimally invasive treatments to handling complex kidney tumors, often involving several tumors in one or both kidneys. We conduct research on outcomes, development of new treatments and imaging methods to characterize kidney tumors. Patients benefit by having access to minimally invasive treatments such as needle ablation approaches, cryotherapy, robotics and laparoscopy.

PUBLICATIONS
View Thomas Polascik's publications on PubMed
Ratings and reviews

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OVERALL PROVIDER RATING
4.6 out of 5 (101 ratings, 0 reviews)
Industry relationships and collaborations
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