Mara L. Becker, MD, MSCE
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I strive to deliver quality-driven collaborative care to my patients and families, and I commit to advance scientific knowledge in our field.
– Mara L. Becker, MD, MSCE

Mara L. Becker, MD, MSCE

Pediatric Rheumatologist

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Duke Children's Health Center Rheumatology Clinic - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
I strive to deliver quality-driven collaborative care to my patients and families, and I commit to advance scientific knowledge in our field.
– Mara L. Becker, MD, MSCE

About Me

I care for children with childhood arthritis, autoimmune, and autoinflammatory conditions. The relationship I build with my patients and families is one of the most rewarding parts of my career. I believe it is that collaborative relationship that is crucial to managing these often chronic conditions that affect children so differently. I also remain committed to providing opportunities for patients and families to become involved in research and advocacy to help to move the field forward and improve the care we offer to children. With our joint commitment, we will be able to advance our knowledge, optimize available treatments, and eventually find a cure for these rare conditions.

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Pediatric Rheumatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Pennsylvania), 2003-2006
Pediatrics, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Pennsylvania), 1999-2003 (Chief Resident, 2003)
MD, Thomas Jefferson University (Pennsylvania), 1999
MSCE, University of Pennsylvania, 2007

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interest is to enhance response and minimize the toxicity of drugs used for the treatment of rheumatic diseases in children, focusing on an individualized therapeutic strategy. I want to find the right medication, for the right child, at the right time, and I am also committed to getting safe and effective medications on the market for children. My current translational research focuses on the commonly used drug, methotrexate, and its effect upon the body's folate pathway. Throughout the years, my work has been funded by the Kansas City Areas Life Sciences Institute, the PhRMA Foundation, the Rheumatology Research Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Publications and Grants

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 Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • 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
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • 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.

    • 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
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • 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
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • 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 Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Canadian Arthritis Society
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • The Duke Endowment