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I strive to play a positive part in the lives of children with genetic disorders or inborn errors of metabolism by being there whenever needed and helping them get over their health fears and hurdles.
– Areeg Hassan El-Gharbawy, MD, DSc

Areeg Hassan El-Gharbawy, MD, DSc

Pediatric Medical Genetics Specialist

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Where I See Patients
Lenox Baker Children's Hospital - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Internal Med, Internal Medicine
American Board of Medical Genetics, Clinical Genetics
I strive to play a positive part in the lives of children with genetic disorders or inborn errors of metabolism by being there whenever needed and helping them get over their health fears and hurdles.
– Areeg Hassan El-Gharbawy, MD, DSc

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About Me

I find joy and satisfaction in my dedication to the care of children with rare diseases specifically: genetic disorders and inherited disorders of metabolism. Due to many years of training and practice, I have experience involving care of patients with a variety of genetic and metabolic conditions, including but not limited to glycogen storage diseases, fatty acid oxidation defects, mitochondrial disorders, lysosomal storage diseases, urea cycle disorders, organic acidurias, aminoacidopathies, and infantile hepatopathy due to LARS mutations, etc. I enjoy working together with children and their parents, whom I consider an important part of the team. I pursued this field because it gives me great satisfaction and pleasure to see the children with these conditions grow, and the patients and families feel cared for, and not isolated. I love learning about the children's interests, and see that they grow happy and healthy. I think out of the box when there is a challenge that needs to be met for the patient's care and management.

Languages I Speak
English, Arabic

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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.71 out of 5
30 ratings, 6 reviews

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Med, Internal Medicine
American Board of Medical Genetics, Clinical Genetics
Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Duke University, 2009-2012
Clinical Biochemical Genetics, UCLA Medical Center (California), 2007-2008
Clinical Genetics, National Institute of Health (Maryland), 2003-2005
Internal Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2000-2003
Endocrinology, Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1998-2000
Internal Medicine, Cairo University (Egypt), 1991-1994
MB BCh, Cairo University (Egypt), 1990
DSc, Internal Medicine, Cairo University (Egypt), 1998
MSc, Internal Medicine, Cairo University (Egypt), 1994

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interest involves energy pathways, including disorders of glycogen storage, fatty acid oxidation, mitochondria, as well as inherited metabolic disorders involving the need for dietary changes and modification based on defects in pathways involving the breakdown of protein, carbohydrates, or fats. My research involves individualizing and optimizing treatment for patients with rare diseases. I have an interest in new drug discovery and therapy studies for glycogen storage disease, fatty acid oxidation disorders, lysosomal storage disorders, and other conditions. I also have an interest in new genetic therapy approaches and the study of metabolic pathways.

View my publications on PubMed

Insurance Accepted

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

    • 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 Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna 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
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • 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.

  • Bright HealthCare
    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
    • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization plans*
    • *This plan is only accepted at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, and Duke HomeCare & Hospice.

  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • 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 Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Amicus
  • Ultragenyx