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I enjoy having a close relationship with my patients and derive great pleasure in seeing them improve in their breathing.
– George Z. Cheng, MD, PhD

George Z. Cheng, MD, PhD

Critical Care Specialist, Pulmonologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
Where I See Patients
Duke Cancer Center - Durham, NC
Duke Pulmonary and Specialty Services Clinic - Clinic 2P - Durham, NC
I enjoy having a close relationship with my patients and derive great pleasure in seeing them improve in their breathing.
– George Z. Cheng, MD, PhD
My Locations
Duke Cancer Center
20 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710
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Duke Pulmonary and Specialty Services Clinic - Clinic 2P
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About Me

I am a lung specialist practicing interventional pulmonology. I perform minimally invasive procedures to diagnose lung diseases (such as lung cancer, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis and other inflammation related lung conditions) and pleural conditions (such as infectious/malignant/inflammation related pleural effusions). In additional to diagnosis, I also treat airway abnormalities such as removal of airways tumors or inhaled foreign objects. I also specialize in treatment of chronic pleural effusions, which is fluid around the lung. I enjoy having a close relationship with my patients and derive great pleasure in seeing them improve in their breathing. In my downtime, I love spending time with my family, tinkering with new tools and reading on new technology developments.

Languages I Speak
English, Chinese
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.95 out of 5
94 ratings, 24 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
Fellowship
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2015
Interventional Pulmonology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts), 2016
Residency
Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts), 2012
Education
MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York), 2009
PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York), 2007
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

I have developed significant research interest in technology innovations within interventional pulmonology. My work on 3D printing and computer-aided design to personalize airway prosthesis has gained attention and momentum. I have presented my work in national conferences and have received encouraging feedback. This is in the hope to provide significant benefit to my patients who have central airway obstructions from underlying cancer or inflammation related airway strictures.

Publications
View my publications on PubMed
Insurance Accepted

Visit planforduke.com to view the full list of plans Duke Health will accept in 2020 from each carrier or network.

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 Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

  • Duke Group Plans
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • Experience Health
  • 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)

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Industry Relationships
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has an outside financial interest with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • SuperDimension Medtronic
  • pinnacle biologics
  • restor3D