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The most important thing in treating a patient is listening and forming a connection to better understand their needs..
– Mohamad A. Mikati, MD

Mohamad A. Mikati, MD

Pediatric Neurologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Neurology with Special Qualifi
Where I See Patients
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center - Durham, NC
The most important thing in treating a patient is listening and forming a connection to better understand their needs..
– Mohamad A. Mikati, MD
My Locations
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
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About Me

I’m a pediatric neurologist and chief of pediatric neurology at Duke. My specialty is pediatric epilepsy. It’s extremely rewarding to treat a child because you are changing the life of not only the patient but also of their family. The most important thing in treating a patient is listening and forming a connection. You have to know where the patient and the family are coming from. By listening and observing, I can better understand their needs and then apply the most advanced knowledge and technologies to help them. There is a lot of patient education that goes on and it’s very important and most delightful to do that in close partnership and alliance with the family particularly in an often complex disorder like childhood epilepsy. Outside of work, I enjoy classical music, reading, biking, jogging and traveling, but what I truly enjoy most of all is taking care of patients.

Languages I Speak
English, Arabic, French
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Overall Provider Rating
4.85 out of 5
113 ratings, 18 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Neurology with Special Qualifi
Fellowship
Pediatric Medical Genetics, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1980
Neurophysiology, Children's Hospital Boston (Massachusetts), 1985-1986
Pharmacology (Research), Children's Hospital Boston and Boston VA Medical Center (Massachusetts), 1986-1987
Residency
Pediatrics, American University of Beirut Medical Center (Lebanon), 1979-1982
Pediatric Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1982-1985
Education
MD, American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine (Lebanon), 1980
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

I have dedicated my research career to the discovery of the underlying causes of, and to the development of new therapies for, pediatric epilepsy. I have discovered, in collaboration with others, many previously unknown gene mutations that cause childhood epilepsy. This is helping me in my basic science research laboratory, as well as other researchers, to investigate for new treatments for this disorder. I have also been very active in the development and testing of the newly introduced and novel antiepileptic drugs and in the application of novel techniques in neurophysiology and in MRI for the surgical treatment of drug resistant epilepsy.

Publications
View my publications on PubMed
Insurance Accepted

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  • 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*
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  • 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.
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