Christian A. Pean, MD, MS
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I am committed to the highest quality, holistic, comprehensive care for all my patients on their journey to recovery.
– Christian A. Pean, MD, MS

Christian A. Pean, MD, MS

Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, Joint Replacement Surgeon

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Duke Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic - Clinic 1H - Durham, NC
I am committed to the highest quality, holistic, comprehensive care for all my patients on their journey to recovery.
– Christian A. Pean, MD, MS

About Me

At Duke Health, I am fortunate to be part of a world-class orthopaedic trauma and reconstruction surgery team that is committed to outstanding patient care. I specialize in fracture surgery, complex fracture-related infections, shoulder replacement for shoulder fractures, as well as direct anterior approach hip replacement for arthritis or previous hip fractures. I cherish the opportunity to be there for my patients during their time of most need. I chose orthopaedic trauma and reconstruction surgery because I have the unique opportunity to provide a solution to challenging problems every day as part of a multidisciplinary team. As an orthopaedic trauma surgeon, I meet many of my patients during the most difficult time of their lives. I am honored to be able to provide excellent surgical treatment for my patients in their time of need, but I am also humbled to lead the team that helps them through their recovery after surgery. Whether it's in the emergency room for a fracture or in the office for a problem related to hip arthritis, I look forward to meeting you and working with you to build a plan specific to your needs to maximize your chances of recovery.

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Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak
English, Spanish

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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.84 out of 5
118 ratings, 19 reviews

Training and Education

Orthopaedic Trauma and Reconstruction Surgery, Harvard University—Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital (Massachusetts), 2022
Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Orthopaedic Hospital, 2021
MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York), 2016
MS, Tufts University (Massachusetts), 2011
Health Policy for Clinicians Certificate, New York University, 2021

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I am interested in using artificial intelligence technology and data to understand the impact of racial inequity, regional variation, as well as social determinants on fracture care outcomes. My research strives to inform interventions that improve equitable access, value, and care for patients from all walks of life. After completing an ethics fellowship at Oxford, I also developed an interest in applied ethics research. I am also a Global Health researcher on the board of directors for the non-profit, Orthopaedic Relief Services International where my focus is on surgical education and sustainable fracture care in Haiti.

Publications and Grants

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 Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • 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
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • 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 Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • 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
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • 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 Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do 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

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Arthrex, Inc.
  • Azra Care Inc.
  • Heraeus Medical
  • Kaizen Clinical Partners Inc.
  • MMP Development Inc.
  • Zimmer Biomet Orthopedics