My Locations

Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710-4699
Duke Wound Management Clinic - Clinic 3J
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Clinic 3J
Durham, NC 27710-4000

About Me

I am a hand transplant surgeon with formal training in hand and microsurgery and transplant surgery. I enjoy working with adults and children who need hand surgery and/or upper extremity reconstruction. I treat conditions that involve the hand, including occupational related injuries and trauma. That can include carpel tunnel, tendon and nerve injuries and hand transplants. I'm fortunate to work with a team that provides outstanding patient care.

School of Medicine Department School of Medicine Division Languages
English, Spanish
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Training

Education
MD, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco (Mexico), 1992
Research Fellow, Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion "Dr. Salvador Zubiran", Mexico, 1992
Residency
Surgery, Hospital General "Dr. Manuel Gea Gonzalez", Mexico, 1996
Fellowship
Hand and Microsurgery, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery (Kentucky), 1997-2001
Transplant Surgery and Research, National Institutes of Health, NIDDK (Maryland), 2004
Senior Clinical Fellow, National Institutes of Health, NIAMS (Maryland), 2006
Translational Research, Emory Laney Graduate School (Georgia), 2011

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I am actively engaged in research and study the field called vascularized composite allografts (VCA). VCA is the transplantation of multiple tissues like bone, skin, muscle, vessels, nerve, and tendon as one functional unit. Hand transplantation is an example of a VCA for those who have lost one or both hands. My investigation includes how patients do after a hand transplant, understanding rejection, as well as less morbid therapies for hand transplant patients. Our team uses preclinical models and receives samples from recipients to better understand VCA.

Publications

View Linda Cendales's publications on PubMed

Ratings and Reviews

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Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. 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.

  • 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
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • 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

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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