Dr. Nelson Chao, MD

Dr. Nelson Chao, MD

Hematology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 62
Dr. Nelson Chao, MD is a hematology specialist in Durham, NC and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from Yale University School Of Medicine in 1981 and specializes in hematology, oncology, and more.

2400 Pratt St

Durham, NC 27705

Contact Information

(919) 668-1027

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Acute Myeloid Leukemia
more than 84% of peers
Acute Leukemia
more than 84% of peers
Myeloproliferative Disorders
more than 74% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Chao "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. Thats been very intellectually challenging and fun."


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3  Specialties

  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Oncology

2  Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Medical Oncology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

55  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • All Lymphoma
  • Anemia
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Graft vs Host Disease
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Kaposi's Sarcoma
  • Leukocytosis
  • Lymphoma, Large Cell, Anaplastic
  • Lymphoma, Large-Cell
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Mycosis Fungoides
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Pancytopenia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sezary's Disease
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombosis
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis


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2  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Yale University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • Stanford U Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Stanford University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Stanford University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Chao has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chao's Reviews

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Dr. Chao's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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  • Office environment

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  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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