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I strongly believe in providing excellence in care to our patient using cutting-edge research and individualized treatment.
– Ralph Abi Hachem, MD, MSc

Ralph Abi Hachem, MD, MSc

Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor, Head and Neck Surgeon, Sinus Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
Where I See Patients
Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center - Durham, NC
Duke Otolaryngology South Durham - Durham, NC
Duke Otolaryngology of Durham - Durham, NC
Duke Otolaryngology, Head and Neck, ENT, Oral Surgery Clinic - Clinic 1F - Durham, NC
I strongly believe in providing excellence in care to our patient using cutting-edge research and individualized treatment.
– Ralph Abi Hachem, MD, MSc
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 Otolaryngology South Durham
234 Crooked Creek Pkwy
Durham, NC 27713-8507
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Otolaryngology of Durham
3116 N Duke St
Durham, NC 27704-2102
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Otolaryngology, Head and Neck, ENT, Oral Surgery Clinic - Clinic 1F
Use My Current Location to calculate the distance to this facility.
This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

I am an otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon, and sinus specialist, with a special interest in diseases affecting the nose and sinuses, endoscopic sinus surgery and in-office sinus procedures, benign and malignant tumors of the nose, as well as diseases affecting the base of the skull that can be treated surgically using a minimally invasive technique. New technologies help us resect tumors that can be reached through the nostrils using an endoscope, especially tumors at the base of the skull, with no external scars, and a faster recovery. My philosophy consists of carefully listening to my patient’s symptoms and needs in order to identify the correct diagnosis and deliver optimal personalized management. Being a part of the Duke Health team allows me to provide my patients with top-notch care using cutting-edge therapies and research with the help of a multidisciplinary team consisting of colleagues I can trust and who share the same vision of excellence in care as I do. When I am not on the job or talking passionately about rhinology and skull base surgery, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, outdoor activities, soccer and tennis. I strongly believe in the mission of Duke Health in providing excellence in care to our patients and their loved ones using cutting-edge research and individualized treatment. I am humbled and inspired to be part of such a noble cause.

School of Medicine Department
Languages I Speak
English, Arabic, French, Spanish
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.74 out of 5
223 ratings, 46 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology
Fellowship
Clinical Fellowship, Advanced Rhinology-Skull Base Oncology and Surgery, The Ohio State University, 2015-2016
Research Fellowship, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Miami, 2009-2010
Residency
Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2010-2015
Education
MD, Saint Joseph University School of Medicine, 2008
MS, Saint Joseph University School of Medicine, 2008
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My current research is focused on optimizing patients’ outcomes in skull base surgery, sinonasal oncology and inflammatory diseases of the sinuses. I have contributed to more than 18 peer-reviewed articles, co-edited a textbook on sinonasal disorders, authored and co-authored book chapters published in six different textbooks, presented more than 20 oral presentations and performed live cadaveric sinonasal and skull base dissections at national and international meetings.

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 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.