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Cydney Teal, M.D. - ChristianaCare. Wilmington, DE, US

Cydney Teal, M.D. Cydney Teal, M.D.

Primary Care & Community Medicine Service Line Leader | ChristianaCare


Dr. Cydney Teal is a national expert on the value of primary care.


Dr. Cydney Teal is the leader of ChristianaCare’s primary care and community medicine service line and chair of ChristianaCare’s department of family and community medicine. She has been in medical leadership for over a decade, and in practice for two decades.

In her current role, Dr. Teal leads the service line towards its goals for Optimal Health, Exceptional Experience, and Organizational Vitality. She is double boarded in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. She most recently served as the chief medical officer at Union Hospital in Elkton, Maryland, which is now part of ChristianaCare.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Primary Care

Population Health

Health Equity

Community Medicine

Strategic Partnerships

Education (1)

Medical College of Virginia: MD, Medicine






Treating COVID-19: Dr. Cydney Teal


Media Appearances (3)

A flu shot before turkey: Choose a healthy Thanksgiving and holiday season | Opinion

Delaware Online / The News Journal  print


This holiday season, there are two gifts that we don’t want to give or receive: the flu and Coronavirus. Although we are still awaiting a Coronavirus vaccine, we have a safe flu vaccine that is readily available. If you choose to safely gather during the holidays, you and your family — especially older family members and those more vulnerable to sickness — should get a flu shot today so that you are prepared for Thanksgiving. This year, because of COVID-19, it’s especially important for everyone to get their flu shot. It is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time; getting your flu shot can protect you against this dangerous scenario. And while a flu vaccine won’t protect you from getting COVID-19, a strong immune system will help you fight COVID-19 symptoms should you become sick.

Dr. Cydney Teal

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Here's how doctors are monitoring more than 350 Delaware coronavirus patients virtually

Delaware Online / The News Journal  print


It's also served as a teaching moment for doctors and patients, said Dr. Cydney Teal, who chairs ChristianaCare's Family and Community Medicine and leads the Primary Care & Community Medicine Service Line. Already, patients have shared notes of gratitude for the ability to connect with doctors directly during this anxious time. CORONAVIRUS FAQ: Get answers to your questions here "Even telephonic visits have taken on a completely different spirit," Teal said, noting that unlike some in-person visits, doctors are provided sometimes 20 minutes of concentrated time in which they can directly engage with the patient. That can feel much different than the quick exchanges that often occur during the craze of in-patient care and the demands on physicians. "It can be a very rushed exchange," Teal said. "This gives doctors time to focus, to really have a great dialogue. And that's only supersized during a patient's sickest time."

Doctors at ChristianaCare show how virtual care can look through the CareVio technology.

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My doctor is back in the office. Is it safe to reschedule my appointment?

WHYY  radio


It might be too early to know the full extent of problems caused by postponing doctors’ appointments. Cydney Teal, a physician and chair of ChristianaCare’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, said the Delaware health care system hasn’t seen a negative impact yet — it needs to dig deeper into the data in several weeks’ time. “I think as people are getting more comfortable with venturing out from their homes and seeking care, and we are seeing a ramp-up of utilization of our labs and imaging, I think that’s when we will be able to tell the story of whether or not we have seen an impact due to our quarantine,” Teal said. “I do have concerns, as a primary care physician, that people have continued to put off their health care for four months or so,” Teal said, “and I worry about being able to catch disease processes at earlier stages at this point in time, rather than continue to postpone.”

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