Mara L. Becker, MD, MSCE
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Mara L. Becker, MD, MSCE

Pediatric Rheumatologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
Where I See Patients
Duke Rheumatology Clinic at Brier Creek - Raleigh, NC
My Locations
Duke Rheumatology Clinic at Brier Creek
10207 Cerny Street
Raleigh, NC 27617-4880
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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.

Languages I Speak
English
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
Fellowship
Pediatric Rheumatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 2003-2006
Residency
Pediatrics, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 1999-2003 (Chief Resident, 2003)
Education
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
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
    • 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 Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Duke Group Plans
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • 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)

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Industry Relationships
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has an outside financial interest 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.
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance
  • Food and Drug Administration