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David Michael Popoli, MD
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About

Biography

“I chose physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) for its collaborative approach to medicine. I work closely with physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers and surgeons to help optimize outcomes. I work to reestablish function and enjoy thinking deeply about the mechanics of motion and how this affects injury risk and prevention. I strive to continue learning to hone my craft and to develop treatment programs that are sustainable and easy to understand.”

Dr. David Popoli is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine. His clinical interests include pediatric/adolescent/young adult sports medicine, musculoskeletal overuse injuries, sports-related concussion and throwing injuries.

In addition to working with athletes, he has a special interest in performing arts medicine and has spent years working with dancers, musicians, actors and vocalists. They place high demands on their bodies, and Dr. Popoli feels they deserve to have a physician who speaks their language and can assist them when injuries occur. He is the medical director for the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Performing Arts Medicine Program. Dr. Popoli also serves as a consulting physician for UNC School of the Arts, the Greensboro Ballet and is the chair of the Medical Committee for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Dr. Popoli is the co-investigator for the U54 Concussion Study. Other areas of research include resilience and molecular effects of exercise.

He received his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and his medical degree at Tulane University. He completed residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard University and a fellowship in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Outside of work, he, his wife and daughter enjoy trying out new restaurants, traveling to the beach or mountains, archery and trying to perfect his key lime pie.

Conditions and Treatments

ACL TearAnkle SprainApophysitisBack PainBrain InjuryConcussionDance InjuriesDance MedicineDe Quervain TenosynovitisDegenerative Disc DiseaseElbow Pain and ProblemsEpicondylosis with/without Nerve EntrapmentEquestrian Athletes InjuriesExercise-Induced AsthmaHamstring InjuriesHerniated DiskHeterotopic OssificationsIliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITB)Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) InjuryLumbar Disc DisordersLumbar RadiculopathyLumbar SpondylolisthesisLumbar StenosisMedial Collateral Ligament (MCL) InjuryNeck PainObesityOsgood-Schlatter's DiseasePatellofemoral Pain SyndromePlantar FasciitisSciaticaSever's DiseaseShin SplintsShoulder Impingement SyndromeShoulder Pain and ProblemsShoulder Tendon and Muscle InjuriesSpinal Cord Compression (Myelopathy)Spinal StenosisSpondylolisthesisSpondylosisSports InjuriesSprains and Strains

Ratings and Reviews

Locations

Credentials

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationAmerican Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine

Internships

Boston University Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2008

Residencies

Harvard Medical School, PM and R, 2011

Fellowships

Boston Children's Hospital, Sports Medicine, 2012

Positions

Orthopaedic Surgery, Associate ProfessorWake Forest School of Medicine, Associate Professor, Pediatrics for Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Inpatient, Orthopaedic Surgery

Insurance

This chart is a list of the most common health insurance plans we accept. This list is subject to change. Please check your individual plan to confirm their participation and the coverage allowed.

Due to the different physician groups and hospitals within the Wake Forest Baptist system, physician services and hospital services are billed separately. Please remember that health insurance coverage varies, so some services may not be covered.

If you don’t see your plan or you have questions, please call our Customer Service Center at 877-938-7497. We will do our best to work with you and your plan.

Key

WFUHS - Wake Forest University Health Sciences (professional services)
NCBH
- North Carolina Baptist Hospital (Includes Davie)
LMC
- Lexington Medical Center
CHC
- Cornerstone Healthcare
Wilkes
- Wilkes Regional Medical Center
HPR
- High Point Regional
N/A
- Not applicable to services provided at facility and/or CHC
NC
-Not Contracted, very low to no volume for facility and/or CHC


Wake Forest Baptist Health Managed Care/MA Contracts - April 2024

AETNA CONNECTED NC ACA/Exchange: Accepted at all locations

AETNA NC PREFERRED+: Accepted at all locations

AETNA (PPO & HMO): Accepted at all locations

AETNA MEDICARE: Accepted at all locations

AETNA WHOLE HEALTH: Accepted at all locations

ALIGNMENT HEALTHCARE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE: Accepted at all locations

AMBETTER OF NC: Accepted at all locations

AMERIHEALTH CARITAS NEXT ACA/Exchange: Accepted at all locations 

BCBSNC (PPO & HMO): Accepted at all locations

BCBS HIGH PERFORMANCE (NATIONAL NETWORK): Accepted at all locations

BLUE LOCAL WITH ATRIUM HEALTH: Accepted at all locations

BLUE MEDICARE: Accepted at all locations

BLUE VALUE: Accepted at all locations

CAROLINA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH and CHC (not applicable to services provided at LMC, Wilkes and High Point)

CIGNA: Accepted at all locations

CIGNA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH and High Point (not applicable to services provided at LMC, CHC and Wilkes)

CIGNA HEALTHSPRING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE: Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH, LMC, CHC and High Point (not applicable to services provided at Wilkes)

CIGNA LIFESOURCE (TRANSPLANTS): Accepted at WFUHS and NCBH (not applicable to services provided at LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point) 

CRESCENT PPO (ASHEVILLE): Accepted at WFUHS and NCBH (not contracted, very low to no volume for LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point)

DEVOTED HEALTH (MEDICARE ADVANTAGE): Accepted at all locations

DIRECT NET:
Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH, LMC, Wilkes and High Point (not contracted, very low to no volume for CHC)

FIRST HEALTH NETWORK: Accepted at NCBH, LMC, Wilkes and High Point (not contracted, very low to no volume for WFUHS and CHC)

FIRSTCAROLINACARE (PINEHURST, NC): Accepted at NCBH (not contracted, very low to no volume for WFUHS, LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point)

GATEWAY HEALTH ALLIANCE (VIRGINIA): Accepted at WFUHS and NCBH (not contracted, very low to no volume for LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point) 

HEALTHGRAM (formerly PRIMARY PHYSICIAN CARE): Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH and LMC (not contracted, very low to no volume for CHC, Wilkes and High Point)

HEALTHTEAM ADVANTAGE: Accepted at all locations

HUMANA CHOICECARE: Accepted at all locations

HUMANA MEDICARE ADVANTAGE: Accepted at all locations

LIBERTY ADVANTAGE (MEDICARE ADVANTAGE): Accepted at WFUHS and NCBH (not applicable to services provided at LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point)

MAGELLAN (BEHAVIORAL HEALTH): Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH and CHC (not applicable to services provided at LMC, Wilkes and High Point)

MEDCOST: Accepted at all locations

MEDCOST ULTRA: Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH, LMC, Wilkes and High Point (not applicable at CHC)

PHCS/MULTIPLAN: Accepted at NCBH, CHC, LMC and High Point (not contracted, very low to no volume for WFUHS and Wilkes)

OPTUMHEALTH (TRANSPLANTS - APPLICABLE TO NCBH/WFUHS ONLY): Accepted at WFUHS and NCBH (not applicable to services provided at LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point)

PREFERRED CARE OF VA INC: Accepted at WFUHS and NCBH (not contracted, very low to no volume for LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point)

SOUTHERN HEALTH SVCS (COVENTRY-PPO ONLY): Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH and CHC (not contracted, very low to no volume for LMC, Wilkes and High Point)

TWIN COUNTY (VIRGINIA): Accepted at WFUHS and NCBH (not contracted, very low to no volume for LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point)

UNITED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Accepted at WFUHS, NCBH, CHC and High Point (not applicable to services provided at LMC and Wilkes)

UNITED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (WFUHS ONLY): Accepted at WFUHS (not applicable for services provided at NCBH, LMC, CHC, Wilkes and High Point)

UNITED HEALTHCARE: Accepted at all locations

UNITED HEALTHCARE ESSENTIALS ACA/EXCHANGE: Accepted at all locations

UNITED HEALTHCARE MEDICARE: Accepted at all locations

VA CCN: Accepted at all locations

WELLCARE (MEDICARE ADVANTAGE): Accepted at all locations

 

LMC ONLY: Contracts specific to support Lexington employer groups, low volume
NATIONAL PROVIDER NETWORK/MEDICAL RESOURCES

 

CHC ONLY: Contracts specific to support CHC
TRICARE


Key 

WFUHS - Wake Forest University Health Sciences (professional services)
NCBH - North Carolina Baptist Hospital (Includes Davie)
LMC - Lexington Medical Center
CHC - Cornerstone Healthcare
Wilkes - Wilkes Regional Medical Center
HPR- High Point Regional
N/A - Not applicable to services provided at facility and/or CHC
NC - Not Contracted, very low to no volume for facility and/or CHC

Research Interests

Biomechanics and Injury PreventionConcussionDance Medicine

Publications