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Offering training and expertise in a wide range of rare, as well as more prevalent brain disorders and diseases.

Diseases and disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system often involve serious symptoms and call for complex surgical treatments. At Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, our neurosurgical specialists provide the most advanced clinical care delivered with compassionate understanding and support.

Evaluation and treatment is provided by board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons that specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children with a range of neurosurgical disorders, such as brain tumors, spasticity, movement disorders, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, head injuries, and spina bifida, as well as other cranial malformations and spinal deformities. In addition, a full range of qualified health care professionals, including surgeons, physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, imaging professionals, psychologists and social workers, comprise our multidisciplinary team of specialists who work together to deliver integrated, personalized care for every child.

Duke Children’s Pediatric Neurosurgery is considered to be one of the top programs of its kind in the country. This reputation can be attributed to extraordinary productivity, first-rate scientific investigations and exceptional patient outcomes. With a clear focus on family-centered care, the faculty and staff have set the standard for excellence in their specialty. 


We treat patients with the following neurological conditions:

  • Brain tumors
  • Chiari malformations
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Dandy-Walker syndrome
  • Tethered cord
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus (Ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement)
  • Myelodysplasia (Spina bifida)
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Spasticity

Physicians and Staff


Name Areas of Special Interest
Herbert E. Fuchs, MD, PhD Brain tumors, hydrocephalus, Chiari malformations, spina bifida, craniofacial surgery, spasticity, rhizotomy surgery and baclofen pumps, ventriculoscopic surgery
Isaac Karikari, MD
Pediatric and adult spinal deformities, including complex and minimally invasive spine surgery for spinal diseases of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine; disc arthroplasty/replacement; radiculopathy and myelopathy; complex spinal deformity, including idiopathic scoliosis, kyphosis and revision spinal surgeries; degenerative spinal surgery for spinal stenosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, radiculopathy/sciatica, degenerative disc disease and decompression; spinal disorders in sports/athletes; spine fractures; and spine tumors/cancer
Carrie R. Muh, MD, MS Evaluation and treatment of neurosurgical disorders of childhood, including pediatric brain and spine tumors; posterior-fossa tumors; genetic tumor syndromes; Chiari malformations; craniosynostosis and craniofacial surgery; tethered cord syndrome and spina bifida; hydrocephalus; spasticity; vagal nerve stimulators for epilepsy
Eric Thompson, MD
Brain tumors, spinal cord tumors, skull and spine tumors, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, vascular disease (such as AVMs and moyamoya disease), myelomeningocele, tethered cord syndrome, and craniosynostosis

Clinic Hours and Location

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
General Neurosurgery Clinic, Third Floor
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-684-5013
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Lenox Baker Children's Hospital
Myelodysplasia Clinic
3000 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705
Tel: 919-681-5456
Hours: Third Thursday of the month, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spasticity Clinic
3000 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705
Tel: 919-684-5013
Hours: Second Thursday of the month, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Duke Children’s and WakeMed Children's Specialty Services
23 Sunnybrook Road, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27610
Tel: 919-862-1200
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm