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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Where I See Patients
Duke Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Preventative Medicine, Undersea & Hyperbaric
American Board of Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology
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

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.

Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak

Training and Education

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

Duke requires faculty members to report certain relationships outside of their employment in order to ensure potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has reported no outside activities that relate to their Duke responsibilities.