Thomas L. Ortel, MD, PhD Thomas L. Ortel, MD, PhD

Thomas L. Ortel, MD, PhD

Hematologist

4.9 out of 5  (125 ratings, 18 reviews)
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919-684-5350 Office number
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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.

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WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
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ABOUT ME

I primarily see patients who have a variety of rare bleeding and clotting disorders. I see both older and younger patients and also provide help when patients need to transition to and away from blood thinners. Doctors usually refer patients to me. I try to work with each patient so they understand why they are seeing me and what is going on with their body. I enjoy when a patient can leave my office with a complete understanding of what is going on and what they need to do to get better. As a young child, I had bad allergies and spent much time in the doctor’s office. As a frequent patient, I enjoyed spending time around medicine. As I entered college, I found that I enjoyed chemistry and that hematology allowed me to combine lab work with patient care.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
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Training
EDUCATION
MD, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1985, 1983
RESIDENCY
Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1985-1988
FELLOWSHIP
Hematology-Oncology, Duke University Medical Center, 1988-1991
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests focus on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with bleeding and clotting disorders. I am particularly interested in the immune-mediated clotting disorders, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). I have participated in multiple studies investigating new anticoagulants (blood thinners) and the use of these therapies in high-risk clinical situations (for example, in the perioperative state and in patients with cancer). My laboratory investigates the mechanisms of clotting and evaluating new anticoagulants.

PUBLICATIONS
View Thomas Ortel's publications on PubMed
Ratings and Reviews

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Overall provider rating
4.9 out of 5 (125 ratings, 18 reviews)
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
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