Nelson J. Chao, MD, MBA Nelson J. Chao, MD, MBA
Nelson J. Chao, MD, MBA

Cell Therapy and Hematologic Malignancies Specialist

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Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks. Please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services at Duke Health locations and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. Below are the plans currently accepted in 2016. There are many changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2017. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2017 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

Click to see a list of accepted insurance plans
  • Aetna
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Open Access Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Select Plus (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Elect Choice (EPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Managed Choice (MC)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Open Choice (PPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Local - Duke Health/WakeMed
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
  • CIGNA
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Healthcare
    • Carelink Duke Medical Home
    • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
    • Coventry Advantra Gold (HMO)
    • Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
    • Coventry National Network
    • Coventry One/Duke Medicine
  • Duke Select
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Choice (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Plus (HMO)
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • 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*
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • AARP Medicare Direct Essential (PFFS)*
    • 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 Compass
    • 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)
Contact
919-668-1002 Office number
919-668-1091
Fax number
Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks. Please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services at Duke Health locations and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. Below are the plans currently accepted in 2016. There are many changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2017. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2017 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

Click to see a list of accepted insurance plans

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Open Access Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Select Plus (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Elect Choice (EPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Managed Choice (MC)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Open Choice (PPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Local - Duke Health/WakeMed
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
  • CIGNA
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Healthcare
    • Carelink Duke Medical Home
    • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
    • Coventry Advantra Gold (HMO)
    • Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
    • Coventry National Network
    • Coventry One/Duke Medicine
  • Duke Select
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Choice (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Plus (HMO)
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • 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*
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • AARP Medicare Direct Essential (PFFS)*
    • 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 Compass
    • 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)

Contact
WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
Profile
ABOUT ME

What makes Duke unique in bone marrow transplants is its holistic approach. We take care of the disease -- which is important, because these are very serious, potentially fatal diseases. But at the same time, we pay attention to patients’ emotional and psychological well-being in addition to their physical well-being. And not only for patients but also the whole family, because the caregivers and other parts of the family need attention as well. I wanted to go into medicine, because it was a great way to interact and take care of patients. n my mind, cancer is one of two diseases within internal medicine where you can actually cure people. The best part of bone marrow transplant is that the time between the laboratory and the patient is short. Patients who need a transplant tend to be relatively sick and in need of new therapies. That’s been very intellectually challenging and fun.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME
Training
EDUCATION
MD, Yale University School of Medicine (Connecticut), 1981
RESIDENCY
Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center (California), 1981-1984
Oncology, Stanford University Medical Center (California), 1985-1987
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Clinical focus and research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests are treatments for blood diseases, graft-versus-host disease, leukemia and lymphoma.

Industry relationships and collaborations
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) 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.
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • UpToDate