Kwai Tei C. Chan Poon, MD
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Kwai Tei C. Chan Poon, MD

Neonatologist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Regional Hospital - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics

About Me

I am a neonatologist and am privileged to care for sick term and preterm infants who have difficulty after birth and require admission to the Duke Intensive Care Nursery. I am there to care for your baby from their first breath to ensure that the transition goes smoothly and care, if needed, is immediate. Some families face challenging diagnoses with their little ones, but assuring the family that we will be there for them with support and compassion during the process is invaluable. Resilience, compassion, and unconditional love are only a few values I have learned from my patients and their families. The neonatal intensive care unit is a unique place; we are all part of a big family, and I couldn’t be prouder to work alongside the most qualified medical providers in the nation. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and searching for great restaurants in the Triangle.

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

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
Fellowship
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Duke University, 2023
Residency
Pediatrics, Jackson Memorial Hospital (Florida), 2017-2020
Education
MD, Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado (Venezuela), 2013

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research is exciting as it deals with improving the quality of care we deliver in the unit and solving problems to facilitate care. I recently led a quality assurance project in our unit with the aim of decreasing red blood cell transfusions in the premature population. Our project resulted in a major decrease in transfusions rate. I am also very passionate about neonatal quality of life and palliative care. I would like to combine these areas with the study of social determinants of care and develop projects that would continue to improve the health of our patients.

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.