Senta A. Furman, MD, PhD
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Senta A. Furman, MD, PhD

Pediatric Cardiologist, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Specialist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center - Durham, NC

About Me

I feel fortunate to work as an attending pediatric cardiac intensivist at Duke, not only because we have the resources available to provide the best care we can imagine for our patients, but also because we each contribute as essential components of a collaborative, productive team of experts every day and night. My compassion and respect for families and patients with heart disease are profound, and quickly establishing trusting, honest rapport with them in the inherently stressful critical care setting has always been my particular strength. Fortunately, our environment of leading edge, forward thinking, and technically skilled cardiology, congenital cardiac surgery, and cardiac critical care allows me to feel confident the care we can provide patients is excellent. On a more personal note, I play classical piano, ride horses, and love math and waveforms of all varieties. I am also learning to bonsai and am a certified kundalini yoga teacher.

Current Appointments and Affiliations
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Training and Education

Pediatric Cardiology, Seattle Children's Hospital at University of Washington, 2016-2020
Research Fellow, Center for Integrative Brain Research, Seattle Children's Research Institute (Washington), 2018-2020
Hospital Physician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, 2020-2022
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, Children's Hospital Colorado, 2022-2023
Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital at Washington University (Missouri), 2013-2016
Doctor of Philosophy, Neurosciences, University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine, 2013
Doctor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine, 2013

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My path to cardiac critical care began in graduate school, where my research centered on the autonomic nervous system and regulation of cardiorespiratory rhythms. My initial questions, “why does heart rate increase with anxiety,” “how are cardiac rhythms related to feeding behaviors,” and “can we predict sudden death,” have evolved. I currently study how physiologic data can provide crucial information to characterize vulnerabilities in critically ill children so we can predict and prevent adverse outcomes.

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.