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I strive to provide professional care with honesty and integrity, and take time to ensure the patient understands his or her plan of care.
– Chester Yarbrough, MD, MPHS

Chester Yarbrough, MD, MPHS

Neurosurgeon, Spine Surgeon

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Where I See Patients
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center - Durham, NC
Duke Regional Hospital - Durham, NC
Duke Regional Hospital Spine and Neurosciences - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Kernodle Clinic West - Burlington, NC
I strive to provide professional care with honesty and integrity, and take time to ensure the patient understands his or her plan of care.
– Chester Yarbrough, MD, MPHS
My Locations
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center
120 East Carver Street
Durham, NC 27704-2700
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Regional Hospital
3643 N. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27704
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Duke Regional Hospital Spine and Neurosciences
407 Crutchfield Street
Durham, NC 27704-2726
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Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
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Kernodle Clinic West
1234 Huffman Mill Road
Burlington, NC 27215-8700
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

I am a neurosurgeon with subspecialty training in complex spine surgery. I provide general neurosurgical care as well as comprehensive spine care of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. I chose medicine in general, and neurosurgery in particular, to align my interest in surgical care to improve patient's quality of life. I always strive to provide optimal care, while also continuously learning new ways to provide good outcomes while minimizing complications. I strive to provide professional care with honesty and integrity, and take time to ensure the patient understands my thought process and his or her plan of care.

Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.86 out of 5
128 ratings, 32 reviews
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Training and Education
Fellowship
Complex Spine Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, 2016-2017
Residency
Neurosurgery, Washington University in St. Louis, 2009-2016
Education
Masters of Population Health Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015
MD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 2009
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

I utilize my academic skills and background to perform research with a particular interest in spine conditions. I am particularly interested in the cervical spine, cervical and thoracic deformities, and spinal oncology.

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
Duke requires faculty members to report working relationships with companies in order to make sure any potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.