Advanced Practice Providers and Nurse Clinicians

Kurlirma Babu, PA-C
Location:
Duke University Hospital
Clinical Care: Pediatrics, vascular, functional, tumor, and spine
Education: BS, University of South Florida; BS, University of West Florida; MPAS, Texas Tech University

Katelyn Baker, PA-C
Location:
Duke University Hospital

Susan Barrella, RN
Nurse Clinician for Allan Friedman, MD

Michael Brenner, PA-C
Location:
Duke University Hospital
Clinical Care: Spine disorders 

Megan Brissie, DNP, ACNP-BC
Location: Duke Regional Hospital
Clinical Care: Inpatient care of cranial and spine neurosurgery patients
Research Interests: Early mobilization
Education: BSN and MSN, University of Cinncinati; DNP, UNC Chapel Hill

Brian Burne, PA-C
Location: Duke Spine Center, Duke Neurosurgery Raleigh
Clinical Care: Surgical management of cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine disease
Education: BS, MS, East Carolina University
Appointments: 919-684-7840

Eric Butler, PA-C
Chief Surgical Physician Assistant
Location: Duke Medicine Pavilion and Duke University Hospital
Clinical Care: Surgery
Research Interests: Applications of technology in surgery
Education: MPAS, Duquesne University

Barb Campbell, Nurse Navigator
Location: Duke University Medical Center
Clinical Care: Neurosurgery
Education: BA, Manhattanville College; MF, Duke University; AOS, Culinary Institute of America; BSN, UNC Chapel Hill

James H. Carter Jr., PA-C
Location: Duke University Medical Center
Clinical Care: Primary and metastatic brain tumors, skull base tumors, peripheral nerve surgery, pituitary tumors, spinal cord tumors
Research Interests: New clinical therapeutic strategies in the treatment of brain tumors
Education: BA, Morehouse College; BHS, MHS, Duke University

Teresa Clayton, PA-C
Location: Duke Clinic and Duke Regional Hospital
Clinical Care: Spine surgery, spinal deformity
Research Interests: Perioperative opioid use and dependency
Education: BS, UNC Chapel Hill; MHS, Duke University School of Medicine
Appointments: 919-681-6855

Emily Davis, ACNP-C
Location: Duke Clinic and Duke Raleigh Hospital Pain Clinic
Clinical Care: Pain management

Christina "Tina" Dennis, NP
Location: Duke Raleigh Hospital
Clinical Care: Spine, cranial, and vascular neurosurgery
Education: BSN, East Carolina University; MSN-CNS, East Carolina University; Post-Master's NP, East Carolina University

Lauren Dorn, PA
Location: Duke Regional Hospital
Clinical Care: Spine, neurosurgery
Education: BA, Virginia Tech; MMS, Wake Forest University

Kristina Eilbacher, PA-C
Location: Duke University Medical Center
Clinical Care: Neurosurgery, pediatrics, vascular, spine
Research Interests: Effective communication with patients and families before and after surgery
Education: BS, Northeastern University; MHS, Duke University School of Medicine

Gladwell Gacuga, NP
Duke University Hospital

Peggy Harris, PA-C
Location: Duke Clinic, Duke Children's
Clinical Care: Pediatric neurosurgery

Elyse Hodges, FNP-C
Location: Duke Raleigh Hospital
Clinical Care: Spine, cranial, and vascular neurosurgery
Education: BSN, East Carolina University; MSN, UNC Wilmington

Lorie Kabugo-Musoke, AGPCNP-BC
Location: Duke Raleigh Hospital
Clinical Care: Inpatient care of spine, cranial, and vascular neurosurgery
Education: BA, Mount Holyoke College; MS, University of New Hampshire; Post Master's AGNP, Duke University

Denise Lally-Goss, ANP-C, GNP-C
Location: Duke Clinic (Clinic 3-1), Duke Cancer Center
Clinical Care: Primary responsibilities are for cranial neurosurgery, malignant and non-malignant tumor, facial pain, Chiari malformation, normal pressure hydrocephalus, pituitary tumor
Research Interests: I work closely with the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center for the treatment of glioblastoma 
Education: BSN, University of Iowa; MSN, Duke University

Ana Lisa Nardin, PA-C
Location: Duke University Hospital
Clinical Care: Inpatient perioperative care of all neurosurgical modalities: tumor, vascular, functional, pediatrics, spine
Research Interests: Acute and critical management of complex neurosurgical patients, clinical outcomes, epilepsy and functional neurosurgery
Education: BS, UNC Chapel Hill; MHS, Duke University School of Medicine

Patricia Nelson, PA-C
Location: Duke Neurosurgery of Raleigh

Brice Painter, PA-C
Location:
Duke Cancer Center, Duke Spine Center
Clinical Care: Spinal-based pathologies including tumors, trauma, deformity, and degenerative disease
Education: BS, Georgia Tech; MHS, Duke University School of Medicine
 

Beth Parente, PA-C
Location: Duke Spine Center
Clinical Care:Functional neurosurgery care, including spinal cord stimulator management, intrathecal baclofen pump 
Research Interests: New technology and patient outcomes in neuromodulation; facial pain – both surgery naïve as well as surgical refractory; neurosurgery outcome research using large data sets
Education: BA, Smith College; MHS, Duke School of Medicine

Marianne Paul, PA-C
Location:
Duke Spine Center
Clinical Care: Acute and chronic spine problems in adults
Education: BS, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Lori Polichnowski, NP
Location:
Duke Children's, Duke Clinic
Clinical Care: Pediatric neurosurgery

Alicia Provenzano, PA-C
Location: Duke University Medical Center
Clinical Care: Vascular lesions of the head and neck; intracranial tumors
Research Interests: Endovascular treatment of aneurysms
Education: BA, University of Florida; MMS, Nova Southeastern University

Senthil Radhakrishnan, PA-C
Location:
Duke University Hospital
Clinical Care: Brain tumors, hydrocephalus, spinal cord injuries
Research Interests: Hydrocephalus
Education: Wayne State University; Duke University School of Medicine

Anna Rapoport, AGNP-BC
Locations: Duke Neurosurgery of Raleigh, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Spine Center
Clinical Care: Spine disorders including degenerative disease, tumors, and deformity
Research Interests: Clinical outcomes of spine surgery
Education: BSN, Long Island University; MSN, Hunter College/City University of New York

Hannah Roberts, FNP-C
Location: Duke Cancer Center
Clinical Care: Cranial-based pathologies including tumors and trauma, malignant and non-malignant tumors, Chiari malformation, normal pressure hydrocephalus
Education: BSN, Florida Southern College; MSN, University of Tampa

Maria Schmitt, AGNP-C
Location: Duke University Medical Center
Clinical Care: Neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine surgery
Education: BSN, Virginia Commonwealth; MSN, UNC Chapel Hill

Harris Smith, PA-C
Location: Duke Spine Center
Clinical Care: Disorders of the spine
Education: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Elisabeth Kakmou Touko, FNP-C
Location: Duke Spine Center
Clinical Care: Spine disorders
Education: BSN, UNC Wilmington; MSN, South University

Anne Whitaker, PA-C
Location:
Duke Neurosurgery Raleigh

Sara Williams, RN
Nurse Clinician for Dr. Michael Haglund, Neurosurgery
Location: Duke University Medical Center
Clinical Care: Neurosurgery
Education: UNC Chapel Hill; Watts School of Nursing

Christine E. Zdeb, AGNP
Location:
Duke Regional Hospital
Clinical Care: Spine and cranial neurosurgery
Research Interests: Spine surgery and interventional procedures for functional improvement and pain management in patients with spine disorders
Education: BSN, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; MSN, Duke University School of Nursing