Isaac O. Karikari, MD Isaac O. Karikari, MD
Isaac O. Karikari, MD

Neurosurgeon, Pediatric Spine Surgeon, Spine Surgeon

4.7 out of 5  (117 ratings, 42 reviews)
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Duke Health providers are part of Duke’s physician network, which comprises doctors and providers at primary and specialty clinics throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Independent providers provide medical care at Duke facilities but are not employed by Duke.
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
919-684-7937
Fax number
919-681-1948 Appointments
919-684-7937 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
919-684-7937 Fax number
WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
  • 3480 Wake Forest Road

    Raleigh, NC 27609

  • 40 Duke Medicine Circle

    Durham, NC 27710

Profile
ABOUT ME

I am a neurosurgeon with a special interest in treating both kids and adults with scoliosis and all other spine conditions, which includes spinal stenosis, herniated disc, spondylosis and spondylolisthesis. I also perform surgery on spine tumors and provide general neurosurgery. My passion for medicine was cultivated out of my experiences as a kid growing up in west Africa where access to health care was lacking. I have been blessed with great mentors in neurosurgery (Allan H. Friedman, MD) and orthopaedic spine surgery (Lawrence Lenke, MD, and Keith Bridwell, MD) who have equipped me with phenomenal surgical and clinical skills. More importantly, I take great pride in being able to provide compassionate care to all of my patients. Since every patient is unique in their own special way, I design each treatment to meet that patients needs to ensure excellent outcomes. I take great joy in being a surgeon as it allows me to give back and help people during their most difficult times.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English, Twi
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME
Training
EDUCATION
MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 2006
RESIDENCY
Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2007-2013
FELLOWSHIP
Orthopaedic Spine Deformity, Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri), 2014
Clinical focus and research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests include determining the critical factors that impact clinical outcomes in adult and pediatric spinal deformity surgery. Moreover, I am interested in studying the biology of bone fusion and regeneration, with the ultimate goal of being able to develop new ways to treat complex spine disorders without having to do complex and invasive surgeries.

PUBLICATIONS
View Isaac Karikari'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
4.7 out of 5 (117 ratings, 42 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.
  • NuVasive, Inc.