Duke Medicine provides the complete range of medical and surgical specialties to meet every patient's needs. Below are just a few highlights of the dozens of clinical programs at Duke--many of which are regularly named among the nation's very best. For a more detailed listing of services and information on our physicians, visit us online at dukehealth.org.
One of the world's most comprehensive and respected heart programs, Duke Heart Center offers services from prevention and rehabilitation programs to leading-edge treatments such as minimally invasive coronary procedures. The Heart Center also includes state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities such as the Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center, with North Carolina's only dedicated cardiac MRI. The Heart Center has pioneered many milestones in cardiac care that are now standard worldwide and is home to the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease, the world's oldest and largest repository of cardiac outcomes information. The Heart Center also provides innovative community services such as a mobile cardiac catheterization laboratory and a pediatric cardiology telemedicine program, and provides care at Duke and affiliated locations throughout the region.
Duke's Neurosciences Center provides complete, state-of-the-art neurological care, from highly effective new surgical procedures to complete patient support services. Neuromuscular services include Duke's Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic and the Myasthenia Gravis Clinic. The Center is also home to specialized labs such as the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, where the role of the apoE gene in Alzheimer disease was discovered, and the Kathleen Price Bryan Brain Bank, a renowned resource for brain research.
Founded in 1972 as one of the nation's first designated comprehensive cancer centers, Duke Cancer Institute offers a broad spectrum of specialized programs and expertise in cutting-edge treatments including cord blood and stem cell transplantation, hyperthermia, and photodynamic therapy. Cancer Institute researchers are helping to forge significant advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer, such as genetic testing for breast cancer, new therapies for brain tumors, and the development of cancer vaccines.
The Duke Eye Center has pioneered several advances in ophthalmic care, including novel ways to prevent glaucoma, genetic therapies for retinitis pigmentosa, and customized instruments for delicate eye surgery. Eye Center care teams use unusually specialized equipment and technologies, including the full spectrum of ophthalmic lasers and many surgical instruments designed at Duke.
Duke was one of the first institutions in the country to successfully establish a kidney transplant program in 1965. Since then, Duke's transplantation programs have achieved many more national and regional milestones, including the state's first successful liver and heart transplants and the nation's first outpatient bone marrow transplants. Several Duke transplant programs are the leading programs of their type in the Carolinas, and survival rates for all Duke transplant patients consistently surpass national transplant survival averages.
Highlights of Duke's state-of-the-art orthopaedic care include the pioneering of a highly successful operation for younger patients with degenerative hip disease; innovative limb salvage techniques for bone cancer patients; and the use of regional anesthesia during selected surgical procedures. Within several highly specialized laboratories, Duke orthopaedic researchers work to advance understanding of body structure and dynamics, improve surgical procedures, and create promising new synthetic and biological materials for use in joint repairs.
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center provides total health care for children from birth to young adulthood, distinguished by state-of-the-art capabilities in more than 25 pediatric specialties. Duke pediatric physicians and researchers have pioneered numerous advances in pediatric care, including the world's first unrelated umbilical cord blood transplant, the early use of AZT in children with HIV, bone marrow transplants for children with severe combined immunodeficiency disease, the world's only thymus transplantation program, and the discovery of a lifesaving treatment for patients with Pompe disease.
Prevention and Wellness
In addition to complete pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation programs, Duke provides an extensive array of services designed to promote general well-being and enhance the quality of life for people coping with chronic conditions. These services include intensive executive health evaluations, customized health plans for people with chronic conditions such as arthritis, Duke Integrative Medicine, which extends Duke's leadership in evidence-based and collaborative medicine to the rapidly growing field of alternative medicine, and the Duke Diet & Fitness Center, one of the nation's most successful and sought-after weight management programs. Most of these services are provided at the Center for Living campus.
Duke provides comprehensive care for women, including state-of-the-art fertilization techniques; high-risk pregnancy care; specialized treatments for complex gynecologic conditions; and expert, specialized care for autoimmune disorders, cardiac disease, cancer, and diabetes. Duke research findings such as the role of the BRCA gene in breast cancer, therapeutic use of estrogen in heart disease, and new improvements in mammography technology and analysis are making significant contributions to women's health.
Duke Medicine offers many other clinical programs that cross traditional academic and clinical disciplines to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. For more information, please visit dukehealth.org.