Primary care

Health care for you and your loved ones
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We’ve made it easier for you and your family to find great primary care services and urgent care services right in your neighborhood. Duke Primary Care has family medicine providers, internal medicine providers, and pediatricians in more than 40 locations throughout the Triangle, and a growing list of Duke-friendly health plans. As part of your community, we’ve earned the trust of your neighbors, who voted us “Best of the Triangle” for primary care two years running.

Your secure connection to Duke's online patient portal, Duke MyChart, makes it easier than ever to schedule appointments, view lab results, request prescription refills, communicate with your provider, and pay bills. Duke's state-of-the-art electronic medical record system is also accessed by every Duke doctor in every Duke facility so your care will always be coordinated.

If you need specialty care, our primary care providers can direct you to specialists who are ranked among the nation’s best. As part of a nationally ranked medical center, they have access to the latest research, technology, and medical advances, many of which are discovered at Duke Medicine.

If you need urgent care after hours, our five urgent care centers are open 365 days a year, and are staffed by providers with extensive experience in urgent care medicine.

There are several different types of primary care doctors –- family medicine, pediatricians, internal medicine. If you know what you want, find a convenient location nearest you. Or, discover the benefits of each type of provider and choose the one best suited to you and your family members’ needs.

Family medicine: care at every stage of life

Family medicine practitioners treat your entire family –- from newborns to teens, parents to grandparents. In addition to preventive care counseling, physical exams, and management of common, acute medical conditions, family medicine encompasses:

  • Children's health care and well-child visits, including developmental screenings, immunizations, and parental guidance to help meet growth milestones.
  • Family planning and regular gynecological screenings such as breast exams and Pap smears.
  • Care for chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, and other long-term conditions.

Pediatricians: care for infants, children and teens

Pediatricians are specially trained to care for infants, children, and teens. In addition to well baby and sick baby care, pediatricians evaluate general medical, developmental, and social health, as well as age-appropriate issues like immunizations. Annual exams may also include hearing and vision screenings.

While our pediatricians are trained to care for adolescents, your teen also has the option to be seen by adolescent medicine specialists with added training in the complex issues that arise in adolescence and young adulthood.

Internal medicine: care for adults and seniors

Internal medicine specialists are trained to diagnose and manage medical conditions that affect adults over the age of 18. Many of our internists also specialize in the health and well being of seniors and elderly people.

Internists work with you to ensure you live a healthy life. In addition to preventive care and heatlth maintance for both women and men, internal medicine encompasses:

  • Diagnosis and treatment for medical conditions that impact the lives of adults.
  • Management of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, and other long-term conditions.

Geriatricians: specialized care for the elderly

Geriatricians receive additional training to help seniors and the elderly maintain good health and well being as they age. They are also equipped to handle the diseases and conditions associated with aging, many of which can be chronic and complex. Seniors who need care related to the physical, social, psychological, and emotional issues associated with aging and living longer may also benefit from seeing a geriatrician.

Urgent care

We offer extended hours and limited on-site laboratory and radiology services, enabling the diagnosis, treatment, and management of urgent medical conditions and minor trauma when your primary care provider is unavailable. Our urgent care centers:

  • are open seven days a week
  • are open every day of the year
  • do not require appointments – just walk in for prompt care

Concierge care

Two programs at Duke offer greater access to physicians and other individualized services for an annual fee. You may make same- or next-day appointments at your convenience, and have 24-hour/7-day-a-week access to your physician by phone. For more information on these services visit:

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