Jeffrey B. Russ, MD, PhD
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I see children with brain disorders from their earliest days of life and hope to help maximize their unique developmental potential as they grow.
– Jeffrey B. Russ, MD, PhD

Jeffrey B. Russ, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Where I See Patients
Duke Children's Health Center Neurology Clinic - Durham, NC
I see children with brain disorders from their earliest days of life and hope to help maximize their unique developmental potential as they grow.
– Jeffrey B. Russ, MD, PhD

My Locations

2301 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27710-4699
Fax: 919-681-8943
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About Me

I specialize in brain development and treat children with brain disorders. I have a particular interest in children with prenatal brain malformations, perinatal brain injury, cerebral palsy, and genetic and developmental brain disorders. It is incredibly scary for any family to be worried about their child's brain. My goal is to provide thoughtful, honest, compassionate care to guide families towards a realistic but hopeful understanding of their child's condition and available treatment options. Since I see patients at the beginning of their life's journey, my hope is that they will maximize their unique developmental potential. I aim to provide the support and resources at my disposal to help them do so.

Languages I Speak
English

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Training and Education

Residency
Child Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, 2016-2021
Education
MD, Weill Cornell Medical College/Memorial Sloan Kettering/Rockefeller University (New York), 2016

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I study the development of the cerebral cortex: the wrinkly surface of the brain responsible for complex behaviors like language and cognition. I investigate how circuits in the cortex form during normal pregnancy and infancy in order to then understand how they are changed after injury. Currently, I focus on the impact of perinatal hypoxic-ischemic injury, a brain injury that occurs in babies after a brief period without blood flow or oxygen in the brain. I aim to explain how injury might result in symptoms like seizures or cerebral palsy. My hope is to apply what I learn toward new therapies that could help with brain protection and recovery after injury.

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 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 Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plus Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna 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 of North Carolina
    • 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.

  • Bright Health
    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
    • WellCare of North Carolina
  • OneNet PPO
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • 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)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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External Relationships

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