Brett D. Atwater, MD Brett D. Atwater, MD
Brett D. Atwater, MD

Heart Rhythm Specialist

4.9 out of 5  (110 ratings, 51 reviews)
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Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks. Please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services at Duke Health locations and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. Below are the plans currently accepted in 2016. There are many changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2017. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2017 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

Click to see a list of accepted insurance plans
  • Aetna
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Open Access Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Select Plus (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Elect Choice (EPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Managed Choice (MC)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Open Choice (PPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Local - Duke Health/WakeMed
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
  • CIGNA
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Healthcare
    • Carelink Duke Medical Home
    • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
    • Coventry Advantra Gold (HMO)
    • Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
    • Coventry National Network
    • Coventry One/Duke Medicine
  • Duke Select
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Choice (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Plus (HMO)
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • 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*
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • AARP Medicare Direct Essential (PFFS)*
    • 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 Compass
    • 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)
Contact
919-681-6020 Office number
910-608-0487
Fax number
Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks. Please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services at Duke Health locations and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. Below are the plans currently accepted in 2016. There are many changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2017. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2017 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

Click to see a list of accepted insurance plans

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Open Access Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Select Plus (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage - Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Elect Choice (EPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Managed Choice (MC)
    • Aetna of the Carolinas Open Choice (PPO, HMO, QPOS, US Access, Open Access)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Local - Duke Health/WakeMed
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
  • CIGNA
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Healthcare
    • Carelink Duke Medical Home
    • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
    • Coventry Advantra Gold (HMO)
    • Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
    • Coventry National Network
    • Coventry One/Duke Medicine
  • Duke Select
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Choice (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage - Gold Plus (HMO)
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • 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*
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • AARP Medicare Direct Essential (PFFS)*
    • 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 Compass
    • 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)

Contact
WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
  • 40 Duke Medicine Circle

    Durham, NC 27710

  • 3320 Wake Forest Road

    Raleigh, NC 27609

  • 3400 Wake Forest Road

    Raleigh, NC 27609

Profile
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
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME
Training
EDUCATION
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (Illinois), 2002
RESIDENCY
Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 2005
FELLOWSHIP
Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 2008
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Duke University Medical Center, 2010
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysio
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 Brett Atwater's publications on PubMed
Ratings and reviews

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

OVERALL PROVIDER RATING
4.9 out of 5 (110 ratings, 51 reviews)

 
PATIENT REVIEWS
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Industry relationships and collaborations
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.
  • Biosense Webster (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Medtronic Inc.
  • St. Jude Medical, Inc.