Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH
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I strive to provide the kind of care that I would want for my own family and bring my best expertise, judgment, and empathy to guide patients to restore and maintain long-term health.
– Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH

Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH

Surgical Oncologist

Duke Health Provider question
Accepting New Patients
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Areas of Expertise
Where I See Patients
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center - Durham, NC
Duke Cancer Center - Durham, NC
Duke Cancer Center Breast Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
I strive to provide the kind of care that I would want for my own family and bring my best expertise, judgment, and empathy to guide patients to restore and maintain long-term health.
– Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH

About Me

Throughout my career, one fundamental principle has guided my approach to patient care. For each patient, I strive to provide the kind of care that I would want for my own family and bring my best expertise, judgment and empathy to guide patients to restore and maintain long-term health. I know that the work that I do isn’t just for the patients who I directly care for, but it affects the whole family. Being a mother and a wife helps bring that perspective to the work I do. I never lose sight of how important it is to treat the whole family and to recognize the effects of disease on it. I believe that Duke offers patients the best and most advanced care that they can get anywhere in the world. I’ve been touched by cancer in my life. Just being on the receiving end of health care makes you very sensitive about the things required for the patient to feel like they are getting the best possible care.

School of Medicine Departments and Divisions
Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak
English, Korean

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Areas of Expertise

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.92 out of 5
100 ratings, 15 reviews

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
Breast Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York)
Surgical Oncology, Singapore General Hospital
General Surgery, Kaiser Permanente–Los Angeles (California)
General Surgery, Cornell University New York Hospital
MD, University of California–Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interests involve:

  • Breast Diseases and Breast Cancer
  • BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations
  • Mastectomy
  • Breast Cancer Genomics
  • Estrogen Receptors
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Quality of Life and outcomes with breast cancer treatment
  • Cancer Prognosis
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Cancer Predictive Markers
  • Breast Cancer Cooperative Group Studies
Clinical Trials
Publications and Grants

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

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Clinetic
  • Merck