David A. Brown, MD, PhD
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I am dedicated to the well-being of my patients, and I strive to ensure that they are provided the very best care possible.
– David A. Brown, MD, PhD

David A. Brown, MD, PhD

Plastic Surgeon

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Duke Wound Management Clinic - Clinic 3J - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
American Board of Surgery, Plastic Surgery
I am dedicated to the well-being of my patients, and I strive to ensure that they are provided the very best care possible.
– David A. Brown, MD, PhD

About Me

I am a plastic surgeon specializing in head-to-toe soft tissue reconstruction after trauma, cancer, infection, and congenital disorders. I have particular interests in lower extremity reconstruction, back reconstruction, and peripheral nerve surgery to prevent and treat chronic pain in amputees, including targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR). I believe that every patient and every problem is unique and that no health issue can be treated in isolation. I focus on a patient-centered approach, and I understand the importance of considering the multitude of influences from a patient’s body, environment, and lifestyle as they relate to a particular surgical solution. I am fortunate to practice at a world-class medical center such as Duke Health where I can utilize the full spectrum of modern plastic surgical techniques in my practice. I am dedicated to the well-being of my patients, and I strive to ensure that they are provided the very best care possible.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Amputation Pain Surgery
  • Complex Wounds
  • Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR)

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
American Board of Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2017
General Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
MD, University of California, Irvine, 2009
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My NIH-funded research program explores the biology of tissue regeneration with the intent of developing new therapies for human wound healing, limb preservation, and eventually restoration of complex tissues such as fingers and even limbs. We study zebrafish, which exhibit a remarkable ability to regenerate appendages, as well as digit regeneration in mice. I am also involved in a number of clinical studies pertaining to chronic wounds, spine surgery, and targeted muscle reinnervation.

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.
  • Checkpoint Surgical