Derek Southwell, MD, PhD Derek Southwell, MD, PhD

Derek Southwell, MD, PhD

Neurosurgeon

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Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

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ABOUT ME

I was drawn to neurosurgery during medical school when I first witnessed the unusually direct and positive impacts it could make for patients. At Duke Health, I now provide surgical treatments to people affected by epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. My background as a surgeon certainly shapes my interactions with my patients, yet I identify them and also myself more as somebody's sibling, friend, neighbor, and daughter or son. I strive to emphasize our shared perspectives because I believe they lead to the foundations of good care: empathy, respect, clear communication, and a strong focus on patient well-being and safety.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
Training
EDUCATION
PhD, Neuroscience, University of California-San Francisco, 2009
MD, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
RESIDENCY
Neurosurgery, University of California-San Francisco, 2013-2018
Neurosurgery, Stanford University (California), 2011-2013
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

I conduct basic neuroscience research in the Duke Neurobiology Program. Our research group studies how brain cells (neurons) develop during early life and how their dysfunction results in diseases such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, and autism. We are also studying the transplantation of neurons as a prospective treatment for these diseases and for brain injuries.

PUBLICATIONS
View Derek Southwell's publications on PubMed
Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.