Samuel J. Pullen, DO, MS
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I believe that the best outcomes are achieved when patients and health care providers can come together as a team in a collaborative partnership.
– Samuel J. Pullen, DO, MS

Samuel J. Pullen, DO, MS

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

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Board Certified
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Psychiatry
Where I See Patients
Duke Autism Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke Children's Evaluation Center - Durham, NC
I believe that the best outcomes are achieved when patients and health care providers can come together as a team in a collaborative partnership.
– Samuel J. Pullen, DO, MS

My Locations

2608 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705-4597
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2608 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705-4597
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.

About Me

My father was a doctor in the military and my mother is a practicing clinical psychologist, so I was exposed to medicine and travel at an early age. I first became interested in pursuing a career in medicine and public health after reading about Laurie Garrett's account of emerging diseases "The Coming Plague" in college. I knew I wanted to be a child and adolescent psychiatrist after completing a clerkship rotation in child psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic as a medical student. There is something special about being a part of changing a child's life trajectory for the better. After spending eight years in rural Idaho working to improve access to children's mental health services, I was ready to return to academic medicine. I have a wife and four children. When I am not working, I enjoy adventuring outdoors, climbing mountains, traveling, photography, writing, and going to the beach.

Languages I Speak
English

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Psychiatry
Fellowship
Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education/Mayo Clinic (Minnesota), 2009-2011
Residency
Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education/Mayo Clinic (Minnesota), 2007-2012
Education
DO, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (Missouri), 2007
MS, Biomedical Sciences, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (Missouri), 2007

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interests include studying approaches to preventing suicide among children, adolescents, and adults, investigating strategies to improve capacity for mental health services in underserved areas of the United States as well as developing countries around the world, and improving access to children's mental health care.

Publications
View my publications on PubMed

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • 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 of North Carolina
    • 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 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 Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct*
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • 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
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Select*
    • *Duke Primary Care is considered an authorized, non-network participating provider.

    • 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)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate with the plan.

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.

External 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 reported no outside activities that relate to their Duke responsibilities.