Derek B. Covington, MD
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I strive to provide the best anesthesia care possible for my patients in order to facilitate a safe and quick recovery from surgery.
– Derek B. Covington, MD

Derek B. Covington, MD

Anesthesiologist, Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology
American Board of Preventative Medicine, Undersea & Hyperbaric
Where I See Patients
Duke Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
I strive to provide the best anesthesia care possible for my patients in order to facilitate a safe and quick recovery from surgery.
– Derek B. Covington, MD

My Locations

40 Duke Medicine Cir
Durham, NC 27710-4000
Fax: 919-684-6002
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About Me

I administer anesthesia for a variety of surgical patients, but focus primarily on vascular procedures, which address issues with the body's blood vessels. In addition, I treat a multitude of conditions that respond well to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. I truly enjoy treating divers and allowing them to return to their underwater activities. When not in the operating room or hyperbaric chamber, I'm cave diving, fishing, and spending time with my wife and two dogs.

Languages I Speak
English

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology
American Board of Preventative Medicine, Undersea & Hyperbaric
Fellowship
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, University of California San Diego, 2016
Residency
Anesthesiology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital (Florida), 2015
Education
MD, University of Nevada, 2011

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interests focus primarily on the changes in blood flow when a person's body is submerged in water and how that interacts with the equipment utilized for SCUBA diving. As advanced SCUBA diving activities require complex gear, such as dry suits and closed-circuit rebreathers (CCRs), the influence of this equipment burden can be significant. These issues also impact commercial divers, who perform work underwater, such as welding or drilling. Similarly, military divers may face these physiological concerns during stealth, undersea missions.

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 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 Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plus Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • 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
    • 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.

  • Bright Health
    • 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
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • 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
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
    • WellCare of North Carolina
  • OneNet PPO
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • 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 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)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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External Relationships

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