Cathleen S. Colon-Emeric, MD, FACP, MHS
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It is a joy and privilege to work with older adults, and I especially love hearing stories accumulated over a lifetime.
– Cathleen S. Colon-Emeric, MD, FACP, MHS

Cathleen S. Colon-Emeric, MD, FACP, MHS

Geriatric Medicine Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Where I See Patients
Duke Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic - Durham, NC
It is a joy and privilege to work with older adults, and I especially love hearing stories accumulated over a lifetime.
– Cathleen S. Colon-Emeric, MD, FACP, MHS
My Locations
Duke Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

My practice helps older adults and their families deal with problems that often come with aging. While my research focuses on preventing falls and broken bones in older adults, I also care for people with memory loss, depression, weight loss, side effects from medications, incontinence, pain, difficulty getting around, and loss of independence. My clinic uses a team approach that includes a social worker, geriatric nurse specialist and geropsychiatrist. Instead of focusing on one problem at a time, we try to think about the whole person, making sure to understand the patient's goals and preferences, and helping to prioritize plans when there are many problems going on at once. It is a joy and privilege to work with older adults, and I especially love hearing stories accumulated over a lifetime. At home, I am a proud mother of two teenage boys and an active volunteer in our Boy Scout troop, church and community.

Languages I Speak
English, Spanish
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
Geriatric Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 2000
Residency
Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1997
Education
MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Maryland), 1994
Master of Health Sciences, Duke University, 2001
Clinical Focus and Research
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
    • 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 Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • 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)

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.

Industry Relationships
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.
  • Amgen, Inc.
  • Biscardia, LLC
  • Novartis