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Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

Pain Medicine Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
American Board of Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology
Where I See Patients
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center - Durham, NC
Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek - Raleigh, NC
Duke Pain Medicine - Durham, NC
My Locations
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center
120 East Carver Street
Durham, NC 27704-2700
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Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek
10207 Cerny Street
Raleigh, NC 27617-4880
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Duke Pain Medicine
4309 Medical Park Drive
Durham, NC 27704-2388
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About Me

I’ve practiced interventional pain and musculoskeletal medicine for the past 20 years, and re-joined Duke in 2010 to build a program that sheds new light onto the treatments for nerve and arthritis pain. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented clinicians and researchers in the United States and Europe, allowing us to build a program in the Center for Translational Pain Medicine that moves beyond traditional pain medications and avoids many of their risks and complications. Our treatments center around the application of regenerative therapies that promote the active resolution of inflammation and pain for several arthritic conditions. I find it extremely rewarding to watch patients progress during their treatment course and meet their goals. I’m currently the Division Chief for Pain Medicine, a member of Duke’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine, Director of Regenerative Pain Therapies, and serve on the Editorial Board of Pain Medicine.

Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.86 out of 5
105 ratings, 21 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
American Board of Anesthesiology, General Anesthesiology
Fellowship
Pain Management, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (North Carolina), 1999
Residency
Anesthesiology, University of California–San Francisco Medical Center, 1998
Education
MD, Emory University School of Medicine (Georgia), 1994
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My clinical and research focus is on the mechanisms that drive pain in both degenerative conditions (arthritis) and nerve injury. I’ve led and been part of several Department of Defense grants to investigate the inflammatory and epigenetic mechanisms that lead to chronic pain after injury. This research has directly informed the development of our clinical program that strives to not cover up of symptoms but to heal and resolve the inflammation that causes pain. Most of the joint and nerve interventions I perform are either ultrasound- or X-ray guided, allowing a diagnostic evaluation at the time of the procedure. By studying the body’s response to injury, we’ve been able to move beyond opioids, steroids and anti-inflammatory medications to develop effective, biologically-based treatments, particularly in the treatment of non-surgical arthritis.

Publications
View my publications on PubMed
Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance providers. At Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek, all services may not be covered. Please contact Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek at 919-660-9000 to confirm that we accept your insurance plan, and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. For services at other locations, please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services.

  • 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 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 Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Duke Group Plans
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • 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 Extra*
    • TRICARE for Life*
    • TRICARE Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Standard*
    • *Duke Primary Care does not participate with the plan.

  • 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)
Industry Relationships
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