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

Isaac O. Karikari, MD

Neurosurgeon, Pediatric Spine Surgeon, Spine Surgeon

4.7 out of 5  (243 ratings, 55 reviews)
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Contact
919-684-7937
Fax number
919-681-6855 Appointments
919-684-7937 Fax number
Insurance

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.

Below are the plans currently accepted in 2018. There are some changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2019. More information will become available on PlanForDuke.com.

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Contact
919-684-7937 Fax number
WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
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
Experience
Duke Spine Services

I am part of a team of spine orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons that offers a full spectrum of spine surgery options, including disc replacement to relieve pain and swelling, complex reconstructive surgeries for scoliosis, and procedures to remove spinal cancer lesions.

My surgical specialties
  • Spinal bone graft
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  • Posterior spinal fusion
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  • Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
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  • Laminectomy and laminotomy
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Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Surgeries Performed by the Spine Team
40,753
Surgeries Performed by the Spine Team
40,753
My surgical specialties
  • Spinal bone graft
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  • Posterior spinal fusion
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  • Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
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  • Laminectomy and laminotomy
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Procedures I Perform the Most

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

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
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Neurological Surgery, Surgery, Neurological
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 (243 ratings, 55 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.