Richard J. O'Brien, MD, PhD Richard J. O'Brien, MD, PhD

Richard J. O'Brien, MD, PhD

Neurologist

4.79 out of 5  (163 ratings, 26 reviews)
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Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. 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.

Below are the plans currently accepted in 2018. There are some changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2019. For a complete list of plans accepted in 2019 and to verify that your health plan includes Duke Health, please visit PlanForDuke.com.

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WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
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ABOUT ME

I see patients with memory disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. In almost every encounter, I feel like I see two patients: the person with the disease and the person taking care of the person with the disease. The caregiver often needs as much attention as the patient because they are under a lot of stress, so I offer helpful tips, advice, encouragement, and resources. These diseases don’t have cures, so I spend a lot of time talking with caregivers, diagnosing the disease, and helping families cope. There are some medicines we use for these diseases, but their effect is fairly limited, so we also try to treat side effects, such as depression or behavioral problems. It’s a partnership between the doctor, the patient, and the family trying to keep the patient as safe, happy, and healthy as possible. I am also involved in research projects and enjoy both seeing patients and studying their diseases in the lab.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME
Training
EDUCATION
MD, Harvard University (Massachusetts), 1985
PhD, Pharmacology, Harvard University (Massachusetts), 1985
RESIDENCY
Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1985-1988
Neurology, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1989-1992
FELLOWSHIP
Neuromuscular Diseases, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 1992-1993
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Psychiatry, Neurology
Clinical Focus and Research
PUBLICATIONS
View Richard O'Brien's publications on PubMed
Ratings and Reviews

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Overall provider rating
4.79 out of 5 (163 ratings, 26 reviews)
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.