Jonathan E. Fischer, MD, CAQHPM
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I feel that it is an honor and blessing to be a part of someone's care at critical points of the journey.
– Jonathan E. Fischer, MD, CAQHPM

Jonathan E. Fischer, MD, CAQHPM

Palliative Medicine Specialist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Regional Hospital - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Hock Family Pavilion - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Family Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine
I feel that it is an honor and blessing to be a part of someone's care at critical points of the journey.
– Jonathan E. Fischer, MD, CAQHPM

About Me

I am a Family Physician by training and currently do all of my clinical work with Hospice and Palliative Care. I see patients in the hospital as part of our Palliative Care consult service. In that setting I make suggestions on how to manage difficult symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea, agitation or others. Working with our team of nurses, social workers and chaplains, I also add another layer of support for patients and families who are navigating serious illness and may be approaching difficult decisions regarding the next steps in care. Our conversations aim to learn more about you, and help us to design care plans focused on supporting what is most important to you. We want to make sure you get all of the information that you need to make choices, get all of the care that you want, and avoid treatments or situations that you don't want. I want to help you feel as good as you can feel right now, so that you may enjoy the highest quality of life possible throughout the path ahead.

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Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak
English, Hebrew, Spanish

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Family Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine
Family Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1994-1998
MD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1998

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I have a particular interest in Provider-Patient Communication and spend much of my time teaching communication skills to medical providers and studying the impact of communication education on provider behavior and patient care. I am also extending my work to develop interventions that might help to mitigate the impacts of implicit bias on medical care and thereby work to decrease health inequities.


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.