Norah A. Foster, MD Norah A. Foster, MD

Norah A. Foster, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Spine Surgeon

4.5 out of 5  (145 ratings, 34 reviews)
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919-660-4028 Office number
919-660-8223
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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 am an orthopaedic spine surgeon who provides surgical management of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Among the conditions I see are cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy, disc herniations, lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and spinal deformity, spinal tumors and trauma. I perform open procedures, and when appropriate, minimally invasive and motion-sparing procedures. My primary focus is reestablishing function and relieving pain related to the human spine. I aim to work with each patient individually to best understand his or her symptoms and to provide a personalized and effective treatment plan with the patient's goals in mind. As a former educator, I take great pride in educating my patients about the spine and their diagnoses in order to best involve them in the decision making process and provide them with the best outcomes possible.

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
  • Posterior spinal fusion
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  • Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
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  • Laminectomy and laminotomy
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  • Spinal bone graft
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  • Anterior spinal fusion
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Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2016 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes.

Surgeries Performed by the Spine Team
21,771
Surgeries Performed by the Spine Team
21,771
My surgical specialties
  • Posterior spinal fusion
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  • Inserting spinal rods, plates and screws into the spine
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  • Laminectomy and laminotomy
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  • Spinal bone graft
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  • Anterior spinal fusion
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Procedures I Perform the Most

Note: All surgical experience data is from July 2014 through June 2016 and is calculated by individual Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes.

Training
EDUCATION
MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2010
RESIDENCY
Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2015
FELLOWSHIP
Spine Surgery, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, 2016
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

I have been actively involved in medical research since beginning medical school in 2006. Since that time I have been involved in many research projects including assessing medical transport of spinal trauma patients, evaluating spinal alignment of adolescent patients with scoliosis, and most recently, looking at the radiation exposure of imaging systems used in the operating room during spinal surgery. Modern technology has provided us with new ways to image patients during surgery which can be very helpful and improve our accuracy, but we must ensure we are utilizing any new technology as safely as possible. Working at such an amazing institution as Duke Health allows me to continue to pursue my academic interests while providing outstanding clinical care to my patients.

PUBLICATIONS
View Norah Foster's publications on PubMed
Ratings and Reviews

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Overall provider rating
4.5 out of 5 (145 ratings, 34 reviews)
PATIENT REVIEWS
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Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.