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I've learned that a doctor's job is not only to prescribe medication but also provide education, counseling and support when dealing with diseases.
– Muhammad Zafar, MD

Muhammad Zafar, MD

Pediatric Epileptologist, Pediatric Neurologist

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Board Certified
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Neurology, Child
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Neurology with Special Qualifi
Where I See Patients
Duke Children's Specialty Services of Brier Creek – Alm Street - Raleigh, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
I've learned that a doctor's job is not only to prescribe medication but also provide education, counseling and support when dealing with diseases.
– Muhammad Zafar, MD
My Locations
Duke Children's Specialty Services of Brier Creek – Alm Street
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Duke University Hospital
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
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About Me

Because of my family experiences I was drawn into the field of medicine early in my life. One of my close family members suffered from epilepsy since she was very young. I witnessed the adverse effect of epilepsy on socio-economic, education and quality of life of not just the patient, but the entire family. I learned that a doctor’s job is not only to prescribe medication but also provide education, counseling, and support when dealing with diseases like epilepsy. My two young children keep my wife and I active and on our toes. We take them hiking, camping, swimming, and any other outdoor activities possibly available that keeps them busy and promises a full night’s sleep. I enjoy woodworking and wood carving in my free time and enjoy seeing raw wood transformed into a useful daily accessory or an artistic gift.

Languages I Speak
English, Hindi, Punjabi, Sindhi
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.73 out of 5
163 ratings, 27 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Neurology, Child
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Neurology with Special Qualifi
Fellowship
Child Neurology, University of Kentucky, 2013-2016
Clinical Neurophysiology, Duke University Medical Center, 2016-2017
Residency
Pediatrics, Maimonides Infant and Children Hospital (New York), 2009-2012
Pediatrics, Chief Resident, Metropolitan Hospital (New York), 2012-2013
Education
MB,BS, King Edward Medical College (Pakistan), 2005
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My research is focused on finding a cure for epilepsy. I conduct clinical trials for emerging and promising medical therapies in epilepsy. My work also involves finding new methods to detect the cause of epilepsy which can then guide surgeons to achieve the best outcome. With the help of these clinical trials and innovative techniques I hope to offer patients, whose seizures are hard to treat, the latest and cutting edge nonconventional treatment options.

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 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 Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Select*
    • *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
Duke requires faculty members to report certain relationships outside of their employment in order to ensure potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has no reported outside relationships with industry.