Robert E. Isaacs, MD Robert E. Isaacs, MD

Robert E. Isaacs, MD

Neurosurgeon, Spine Surgeon

4.5 out of 5  (266 ratings, 48 reviews)
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919-668-5241 Office number
919-668-5095
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Insurance

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. More information will become available on PlanForDuke.com.

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WHERE I PROVIDE CARE
Profile
ABOUT ME

I came to Duke for the opportunity to see something really substantial grow – our spine program. A patient should want to come here, because we offer what few places in the country can offer -- the breadth of what we can deal with and how we can deal with it. The expertise we have is unsurpassed in this region, if not in the country. I was lucky enough to start with the minimally invasive surgery movement about 15 years ago. We have moved from the very simple operations to the most complex. At this point there is almost no operation that can’t be done using minimally invasive techniques. Even with complicated, significant surgeries, we can show how much we can change people’s lives and do it better than in the standard open surgery approach. At the same time, very simple operations can become even simpler when done using minimally invasive techniques.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English, Spanish
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Experience
Duke Spine Services

I am part of a team of spine orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons that offers a full spectrum of spine surgery options, including disc replacement to relieve pain and swelling, complex reconstructive surgeries for scoliosis, and procedures to remove spinal cancer lesions.

My surgical specialties
  • Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
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  • Posterior spinal fusion
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  • Anterior spinal fusion
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  • Spinal bone graft
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  • Laminectomy and laminotomy
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Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Surgeries Performed by the Spine Team
40,753
Surgeries Performed by the Spine Team
40,753
My surgical specialties
  • Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
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  • Posterior spinal fusion
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  • Anterior spinal fusion
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  • Spinal bone graft
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  • Laminectomy and laminotomy
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Procedures I perform the most

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2017 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. 

Training
EDUCATION
MD, Baylor College of Medicine (Texas), 1995
RESIDENCY
Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Tennessee), 1996-2001
FELLOWSHIP
Endoscopic and Complex Spine Surgery, Rush University, Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, 2001-2002
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Neurological Surgery, Surgery, Neurosurgery
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

The focus of my research is defining the efficacy of surgical techniques, with a particular lean toward understanding ways to minimize post-surgical problems. From a clinical research standpoint, this has included prospective and retrospective analysis of my own patients as well as the use of nationwide databases. As a director of the degenerative section of the Association for Collaborative Spine Research, one of the largest such study groups in the world, I help guide national clinical data collection efforts among member academic institutions in order to advance the care of patients with degenerative diseases of the spine.

PUBLICATIONS
View Robert Isaacs's publications on PubMed
Ratings and Reviews

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Overall provider rating
4.5 out of 5 (266 ratings, 48 reviews)
PATIENT REVIEWS
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) 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.
  • Minispine, Inc.
  • NuVasive, Inc.
  • SafeRay Spine, llc
  • SafeWire, LLC
  • Vertera
  • VilaMed Limited
  • VilaSpine, Ltd.