Vinod K. Prasad, MD, MBBS
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Vinod K. Prasad, MD, MBBS

Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Children's Health Center Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

About Me

For more than 20 years, I have had the privilege of taking care of children with some of the most difficult diagnoses, including leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers, CGD and other immune deficiencies, thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and other blood disorders, and leukodystrophy, MPS, and other inherited disorders. Specializing in bone marrow transplants and hematopoietic cell transplants, I strive for my patients’ success. I feel fortunate to be providing care during a time when advancements in the medical field, fueled by incredible discoveries in immunology, drug development, genomics, and computing, have brought us closer to providing a good donor for almost all patients requiring a BMT or HCT.

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Languages I Speak
English, Hindi

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University Medical Center (New York), 1994-1997
Member, Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom), 1991
Pediatrics, Cornell University (New York), 1995
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Hammersmith Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children and Saint James University Hospital (United Kingdom), 1990-1993
MD (Pediatrics), University of Delhi (India), 1986
MBBS, University of Delhi (India), 1983
University of Delhi Pediatrics Training (India), 1984-1989

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

The practice of BMT and UCBT (umbilical cord blood transplantation) has matured over the past couple decades, but even now there are a number of challenges. These challenges are a source of continued inspiration and resolve for expanding access to and broadening the utility of BMT and UCBT. These challenges continue to guide my professional and research career. My research interests have spanned a number of areas, including the outcomes of unrelated cord blood transplantation for inherited metabolic diseases (IMD), post-transplant adenovirus infections, anti-viral drug development, and the impact of molecular determinants of donor-patient alloreactivity (Killer immunoglobulin-like receptors, high-resolution HLA alleles, and non-inherited maternal HLA alleles) on transplant outcomes. Over the last 20 years, I have authored and co-authored about 40 peer reviewed journal articles and submitted almost 100 abstracts for national and international meetings.

Publications and Grants

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • 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 Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna 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
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • 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 Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • 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 Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
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