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I entered medicine to play a part in helping people live more productive and fulfilling lives—a goal which continues to inspire me today.
– Brett D. Atwater, MD

Brett D. Atwater, MD

Electrophysiologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysio
Where I See Patients
Duke Cardiology of Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Duke Electrophysiology Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke Raleigh Hospital - Raleigh, NC
Southeastern Cardiology and Cardiovascular Clinic - Lumberton, NC
I entered medicine to play a part in helping people live more productive and fulfilling lives—a goal which continues to inspire me today.
– Brett D. Atwater, MD
My Locations
Duke Cardiology of Raleigh
3320 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609-7300
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Duke Electrophysiology Clinic
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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Duke Raleigh Hospital
3400 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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Southeastern Cardiology and Cardiovascular Clinic
Southeastern Cardiology and Cardiovascular Clinic
2936 North Elm Street
Suite 102
Lumberton, NC 28358
About Me

My practice and research focus on helping patients with abnormal heart rhythms. Because these conditions can affect people of all ages, I see a wide range of patients. I entered medicine to play a part in helping people live more productive and fulfilling lives—a goal which continues to inspire me today. I’ve had several patients with severe heart failure who, after successful treatment, have become happier and healthier. One patient came to me with shortness of breath and inability to do normal, every day activities. After receiving a heart rhythm device, two months later the patient was able to jump rope at her daughter’s birthday party. These kinds of successes are special to me. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my three young kids, traveling and playing golf.

Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.92 out of 5
245 ratings, 61 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysio
Fellowship
Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 2008
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Duke University Medical Center, 2010
Residency
Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 2005
Education
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (Illinois), 2002
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My main area of research is focused on developing new and better methods for treatment of heart failure using cardiac resynchronization therapy. I am also studying new and improved techniques for the ablation of complex abnormal heart rhythms including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. I hope to improve the success rates of these procedures, while simplifying them to allow more patients to have access to safe and effective treatments for these disabling conditions.

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

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Industry Relationships
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Biosense Webster (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Biotronik
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Medtronic Inc.