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I aim to focus treatments based on patient's characteristics and delivering the best-individualized treatment plan.
– John C. Barr, MD

John C. Barr, MD

Neurosurgeon, Spine Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Neurological Surgery, Surgery, Neurological
Where I See Patients
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center - Durham, NC
Duke Raleigh Hospital - Raleigh, NC
Duke Regional Hospital - Durham, NC
Duke Regional Hospital Spine and Neurosciences - Durham, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Kernodle Clinic West - Specialty Services - Burlington, NC
I aim to focus treatments based on patient's characteristics and delivering the best-individualized treatment plan.
– John C. Barr, MD
My Locations
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center
120 E Carver St
Durham, NC 27704-2700
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Raleigh Hospital
3400 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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Duke Regional Hospital
3643 N. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27704
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Regional Hospital Spine and Neurosciences
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
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Kernodle Clinic West - Specialty Services
1234 Huffman Mill Rd
Burlington, NC 27215-8700
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About Me

My education and career have brought me opportunities to combine my appeal for the surgical art to medicine with a desire to achieve the highest quality of care. The drives for what patients deserve, a symbiotic relationship of quality and advanced surgical performance is what has drawn me to the Duke community. I aspire to learn from both colleagues and patients to enhance future encounters. I view my patient’s surgical experience as a team; we work together and advance together. I have an intense interest in pathology involving the entire spinal axis including sagittal deformity, degenerative processes, oncology, minimally invasive approaches and trauma. I look to serve those in need of answers in this spectrum in a comprehensive and compassionate manner. I aim to focus treatments based on patient’s characteristics and delivering the best-individualized treatment plan. I thank you in advance for the opportunity to help you and our community.

Languages I Speak
English, Spanish
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.73 out of 5
119 ratings, 34 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Neurological Surgery, Surgery, Neurological
Fellowship
Complex Spine Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Tennessee), 2013-2014
Residency
General Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2007-2009
Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine, 2010-2013
Education
MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, 2007
Clinical Focus and Research
Publications
View my publications on PubMed
Insurance Accepted

Visit planforduke.com to view the full list of plans Duke Health will accept in 2020 from each carrier or network.

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

  • Aetna
    • 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 HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access 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
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • 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.

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

  • Duke Group Plans
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • Experience Health
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • First Medicare Direct*
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC Medicaid
    • NC Medicaid*
    • *Not all Duke locations and doctors participate in this plan. Please contact the location you will be visiting to determine what is accepted.

  • OneNet PPO
  • 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*
    • *Duke Primary Care does not participate with the plan.

  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)
    • 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 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)

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 copayments, co–insurance, 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.

Industry Relationships
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