Aparna Swaminathan, MD
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I work together with patients and their family to develop an individualized approach to each medical problem.
– Aparna Swaminathan, MD

Aparna Swaminathan, MD

Critical Care Specialist, Pulmonologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Internal Med, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Med, Pulmonary Disease
Where I See Patients
Duke Pulmonary Clinic - Clinic 2F/2G - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
I work together with patients and their family to develop an individualized approach to each medical problem.
– Aparna Swaminathan, MD

My Locations

40 Duke Medicine Cir
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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2301 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27710
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About Me

I specialize in interstitial lung diseases, such as pulmonary fibrosis or conditions that cause lung scarring. I am passionate about providing the best possible care for my patients and stay up-to-date on the most recent advances in the field. The terminology around the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases, such as pulmonary fibrosis, can be confusing. I believe it is important to take the time to explain each step to my patients. I also believe the best approach to any condition involves working together with my patient and their family to develop an individualized treatment plan. When not seeing patients, I conduct research with the goal of improving outcomes for patients with interstitial lung disease. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and staying active outdoors.

Languages I Speak
English, Tamil

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Med, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Med, Pulmonary Disease
Fellowship
Pulmonology/Critical Care, Duke University, 2017-2019
Pulmonology/Critical Care, Duke University, 2015-2016
Residency
Internal Medicine, Duke University, 2012-2015
Education
MD, Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), 2012

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I am interested in finding ways to improve outcomes for patients with advanced lung disease, including interstitial lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Publications
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 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
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct*
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • 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
    • FAMIS*
    • 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
    • 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.

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

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 reported no outside activities that relate to their Duke responsibilities.