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Developing a strong doctor-patient relationship based on trust and mutual respect is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.
– Calhoun D. Cunningham III, MD

Calhoun D. Cunningham III, MD

Ear Surgeon, Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor, Head and Neck Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Otolaryngology, Neurotology
American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
Where I See Patients
Duke Otolaryngology of Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Developing a strong doctor-patient relationship based on trust and mutual respect is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.
– Calhoun D. Cunningham III, MD
My Locations
Duke Otolaryngology of Raleigh
3480 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609-7376
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About Me

I became fascinated by the intricacies of the inner ear early in my medical education. I quickly realized the importance of hearing to everyday interaction, and the difficulties that hearing loss can impose. As an otology and neurotology specialist, it is a privilege to serve people with ear, hearing and skull base disorders. I am passionate about providing medical and surgical care for hearing and balance problems and complex skull base tumors to people of all ages. Developing a strong doctor-patient relationship based on trust and mutual respect is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. I believe that being empathetic and a good listener are valuable parts of the healing process, and ultimately lead to proper diagnosis and individualized treatment. It is also important that patients have a clear understanding of their condition and treatment options so they can make informed decisions. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons.

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Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.80 out of 5
320 ratings, 86 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Otolaryngology, Neurotology
American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
Fellowship
Otology-Neurotology, House Ear Clinic (California), 2004
Residency
Otolaryngology, Medical University of South Carolina, 2002
Education
MD, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, 1996
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

Surgery of skull base tumors, including acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas), meningiomas, facial nerve neuromas and glomus tumors. Adult and pediatric surgical and medical management of chronic ear infections, cholesteatomas and eardrum perforations; management of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss including cochlear implants, BAHA implants, and implantable hearing aids; stapedectomy surgery for otosclerosis; management of Bell’s palsy and facial nerve disorders; treatment of dizziness and balance disorders including Meniere's disease, and benign positional vertigo.

Publications
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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
    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

  • 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
    • 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)

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Industry Relationships
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