Richa Agarwal, MD
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Richa Agarwal, MD

Advanced Heart Failure Specialist, Cardiologist, Heart Transplant Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Tra
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Where I See Patients
Duke Advanced Heart and Lung Failure Clinic - Clinic 2F/2G - Durham, NC
Duke Cardiac Transplant Clinic - Clinic 2F/2G - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
My Locations
Duke Advanced Heart and Lung Failure Clinic - Clinic 2F/2G
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Duke Cardiac Transplant Clinic - Clinic 2F/2G
40 Duke Medicine Cir
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
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About Me

I specialize in the care of patients with cardiomyopathies, advanced heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension. I was drawn to this field because of the complexity of diseases and the potential to dramatically improve patients' lives through drug therapy, mechanical heart devices, or heart transplantation. As a transplant cardiologist, I enjoy caring for my patients through different disease stages and challenges and helping them to thrive. Outside of work, I enjoy exercising and spending time with my two sons and husband.

Languages I Speak
English
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Tra
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
Cardiovascular Disease, University of Chicago (Illinois), 2008-2011
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, University of Chicago (Illinois), 2010-2011
Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, Columbia University/NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, 2011-2012
Residency
Internal Medicine, University of Chicago (Illinois), 2005-2008
Education
MD, New York University School of Medicine, 2005
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My research is focused on better understanding treatment outcomes and defining best medical practices for patients supported by mechanical heart pumps, also known as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). I am interested in optimizing care for LVAD patients so that they may achieve the best performance with fewer complications.

Insurance Accepted

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 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
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • 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 Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Select*
    • *Duke Primary Care is considered an authorized, non-network participating provider.

  • 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)

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 copayments, co–insurance, 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.

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