Sean Pokorney, MD, MBA
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Sean Pokorney, MD, MBA

Cardiologist, Electrophysiologist

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Accepting New Patients
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Duke Cardiology of Raleigh
Duke Electrophysiology Clinic
Where I See Patients
Duke Cardiology Clinic - Clinic 2F/2G - Durham, NC
Duke Cardiology of Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Duke Electrophysiology Clinic - Clinic 2F/2G - Durham, NC
Duke Raleigh Hospital - Raleigh, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Internal Med, Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Med, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysio

About Me

I am excited about electrophysiology because it gives me the opportunity to improve patients' quality of life and allows patients to live longer in many cases. I ultimately went to medical school because of a passion for helping people, lifelong learning, and establishing meaningful relationships with my patients. I strongly believe in patient engagement and patient-centered decision making. Therefore, I believe that it is important to spend time educating patients and discussing all available treatment options. I encourage patients and their family members to ask questions so that I can help them understand their health. I offer medical therapy and catheter ablation therapy to patients with atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardia, and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), and ventricular tachycardia. I also place transvenous pacemakers and defibrillators (ICDs), cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices, leadless pacemakers, and subcutaneous defibrillators. I also perform lead extractions. I have two children, and I enjoy cooking, as well as playing golf, tennis, and skiing.

Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak

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Duke Cardiology of Raleigh
Duke Electrophysiology Clinic

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.91 out of 5
262 ratings, 73 reviews

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Internal Med, Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Internal Med, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysio
Cardiovascular Disease, Duke University Medical Center, 2015
Clinical Research, Duke Clinical Research Institute, 2015
Electrophysiology, Duke University Medical Center, 2017
Internal Medicine, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center (Illinois), 2011
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Illinois), 2008
MBA, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management (Illinois), 2008

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interests include catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation, management of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), management of pacemakers and defibrillators (ICDs), lead management, and antiarrhythmic medications for atrial fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia. I evaluate gaps in care, opportunities to improve the quality of care that patients receive, and ways to improve patient outcomes. I also focus my research on patient-centered decision making, shared decision making, and patient engagement.

Publications and Grants

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 Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • 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
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • 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 Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • 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
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • 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 Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do 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

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Medtronic (Covidien)
  • Philips Healthcare
  • Zoll Medical