Duke Lupus Clinic - Clinic 1J
Our lupus specialists diagnose, treat, and provide expert care to people living with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), more commonly known as lupus. We do comprehensive evaluations of people who suspect they have lupus, offer second opinions, and recommend treatment options. We also educate people and their families about this chronic condition. Our extensive involvement in research means you can participate in research opportunities to help us learn more about the disease, as well as clinical trials that test new lupus therapies.
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Learn how we diagnose and treat lupus, and how we help you live with the autoimmune disease.
Lupus Clinic Specialists
Our specialized lupus clinic is staffed by board-certified rheumatologists and a nephrologist. We work as a team to care for people with lupus and lupus-related autoimmune conditions such as:
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Cutaneous lupus erythematosus
- Drug-induced lupus erythematosus
- Undifferentiated connective tissue disease
- Mixed connective tissue disease
We use a team approach to patient care, which means you may see any member of our team on the day of your appointment.
This approach ensures you get to know all our lupus specialists. That way, if you need to be seen for an urgent, lupus-related condition such as a flare, or if you are hospitalized, our specialists will already be familiar with your condition.
Onsite Pharmacy and Additional Support
Our onsite pharmacist and pharmacy technicians can provide medication counseling, help coordinate prior authorizations, help you apply for pharmacy assistance programs, and assist with medication refills.
Our social worker can provide additional support for navigating the insurance process.
If we are running behind, please understand that it is because we give everyone the personalized attention they need.
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.
- 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 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 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 Choice Plus
- Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
- 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 Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
- Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
- Humana Choice (PPO)
- Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
- Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
- Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
- First Medicare Direct*
- Medicare Part A
- Medicare Part B
*This is for Wake County only.
- 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.
- Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
- Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
- Optima Plus (PPO)
- Optima Vantage (HMO)
*Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.
- TRICARE Prime*
- TRICARE Prime Remote*
- TRICARE Select*
*Duke Primary Care is considered an authorized, non-network participating provider.
- 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)
*Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate with the plan.
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Preparing For Your Visit
- Before your appointment, you will be asked to complete questionnaires to help us understand your lupus symptoms. These questionnaires may be completed online through your Duke MyChart account or in the clinic.
- We suggest you allow about 45 minutes to get to your appointment in addition to your travel time to Durham. This will allow you sufficient time to park, locate the building, get to the clinic, and register. Duke Clinic is approximately a quarter of a mile from the nearest parking deck. Shuttle services and valet parking are available.
Your doctor may ask you to arrive early so you can have lab tests including urine and blood testing completed before your examination. This allows us to monitor your lupus and check for side effects.
- When you arrive, a member of the lupus team will measure your vitals and update your medication list.
- You will meet with and be examined by a rheumatologist who specializes in lupus. Because we are a teaching hospital, you may also be seen and examined by a Duke University School of Medicine student doctor, resident, or fellow.
- A research coordinator may discuss opportunities for you to participate in research to study lupus, as well as clinical trials for new treatments. If you volunteer to participate, they may collect additional information and lab work.
This PDF brochure provides information about services related to your visit to Duke Clinics.
Please note that we may need to reschedule your appointment if you arrive late.
Parking is available in the Duke Medicine Circle Parking Garage on Trent Drive. Cost is $2 per hour or a maximum $8 per day. Valet parking is available at the Duke Clinic entrance for $9.