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

Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Where I See Patients
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
My Locations
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
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Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
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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.

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.

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 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 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 certain relationships outside of their employment in order to ensure potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has no reported outside relationships with industry.