Dr. Robert Isaacs, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 52

Dr. Isaacs
Accepting new patients

Duke Medicine Circle Clinic

30 Duke Medicine Cir Durham, NC 27710

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Dr. Robert Isaacs, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Durham, NC and has over 27 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Baylor College Of Medicine medical school in 1995. He is affiliated with Duke University Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Isaacs to book an appointment.

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Dr. Isaacs is affiliated with Duke University Hospital Durham, a highly rated hospital.

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1 malpractice claim Found
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Isaacs' Top Procedures and Conditions

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Herniated Disc Surgery
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Isaacs performs Herniated Disc Surgery more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Isaacs performs this procedure more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Plating & Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Discectomy
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Spinal Discectomy
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Scoliosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Isaacs treats Scoliosis more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Isaacs treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
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Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Isaacs treats Spine Deformities more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Isaacs treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Occult Spinal Dysraphism
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Split Spinal Cord Malformation
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Dr. Isaacs' conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chordoma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Endoscopic Discectomy
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Isaacs accepts the following insurance:

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National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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HealthyBlue Advantage

Dr. Isaacs' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Isaacs

3.8

Based on 43 ratings

5 Stars
67.44186046511628%
(29)
4 Stars
2.3255813953488373%
(1)
3 Stars
2.3255813953488373%
(1)
2 Stars
2.3255813953488373%
(1)
1 Star
25.58139534883721%
(11)
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Dr. Isaacs is a genious. He saved my life with spinal surgery. he is a very thorough doctor and I recommend him!
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 05, 2021
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In 2010, Dr. Isaacs removed an intradural extramedullary meningioma from my spinal cord area, and saved the usage of my left arm and quite possibly my life. I had zero complications from the surgery, and his bedside manner was superb. Now ten years later, still no problems.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 11, 2020
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Terrible! Arrogant, rude. Glad for those he was civil to. My husband and I both agreed I wished I had requested another physician. When a physician is three hours late seeing you and you are in so much pain and he comes in with a chip on his shoulders and rudely looks at you and says what do you want me to do about it you run! He made me wait six months before doing surgery. I could no longer walk without a walker. I would fall to the floor. After surgery I was no better. My husband was diagnosed with cancer. He finally decided to do 3 more MRI,s. My husband and I went back afterwards. He came in and said I have good and bad news. I found your problem. You have to have surgery immediately. I over looked something! My husband was battling cancer and so was my brother. I told him my brother had only a short time to live. He snapped at me and said you don't know that. My brother passed away four days later. I sent a letter in regards of my treatment. Reply, no truth found!
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Jun 27, 2020
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I had spinal stenosis and could barely sit at my desk while at work without wrapping my lower back with two heating pads. I was in constant pain which was getting worse, not better. Dr Isaacs analyzed my condition in one visit and the surgery took place a couple of months later. I recovered very quickly from surgery and haven’t had any back pain since.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jan 08, 2020
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I had surgery with Dr.Isaas inDecember 2012 He is not much on bedside management But he is a great surgeon. I could not hardly walk due to spinal stenosis it started in my lower back and went down my leg. After hours of surgery I woke up with barely any pain. It’s been 7years now and the degenerate bone disease is causing some issues but it is something hereditary not from my surgery. When people ask me about my experience I always tell them if I had to do it again I wouldn’t hesitate it helped me that much . Thank you Dr.Iassa . Brenda Wagner N.C.
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Brenda Wagner – Nov 12, 2019
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He was a great doctor I loved him dearly
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Beth travis in Stoneville, NC – Feb 22, 2019
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I'm an MD with 40 years in the business and needed XLIF surgery. Seen a lot of hospitals and docs. Dr. Isaacs was excellent. Carefully explained my options, the risks (including anesthesia), the postoop course including possible side effects from the surgery. Surgery went excellently lasting 5 hours. The postop staff at Duke, his team, the followup were all great. I was up walking the evening of the surgery. My course was as he predicted. Top notch MD, staff, hospital. Highly recommended
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Dr. B in Chapel Hill, NC – Jun 11, 2018
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Had surgery 28 Nov 2016 durring witch he damaged my spinal cord causing cauda equina leaving me incontinant for life. At the time he told me my incontinant problem was from the anastesia. 2 months after the surgery he sent me a letter saying he is dropping me as a patient. If you want a coward and a lier for a surgeon Isaacs is your man
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Mark Foreman in bayboro, nc – Feb 03, 2018
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This man laughed in my face after leaving my wife 24/7 dependant. Nurse had to escort him by the arm out of the room, he would not stop laughing at me while I cried over my wife in ICU. Trust is a fools game.
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Danny Long in Chapel Hill nc – Nov 17, 2017
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Had spinal fusion surgery done by Dr. Isaacs in April 2017, and feel as though I have been given my life back. I am 4 months out from very complex surgery, and am pain free. Can't say enough about how impressed I am with Dr. Isaac's surgical skills.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jacquelyn S Bailey in Rocky Mount, NC – Aug 14, 2017
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Would not hesitate to recommend Dr Isaac. I am pain free thanks to his minimally invasive surgery. Excellent doctor
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kathie Dickey in WV – Jul 13, 2017
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A great surgeon with exceptional skills but their administration department is the worst ever. Almost impossible to get a return phone or e mail in a timely manner. Time after time over long periods the same thing. What a shame! For administration I would give them 1 STAR
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
8 people found this helpful
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jim burgio in High Point, NC – May 02, 2017
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Biography

Dr. Robert Isaacs, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Durham, NC and has over 27 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Baylor College...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2002
Rush University Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2001
Vanderbilt University Hospital
Residency Hospital
1999
Arizona State Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1996
Vanderbilt University Hospital
Internship Hospital
1995
Baylor College Of Medicine
Medical School
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What are Dr. Robert Isaacs, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Isaacs frequently treats Herniated Disc Surgery, Scoliosis, and Spine Deformities. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Isaacs treats.

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Dr. Isaacs' office is located at 30 Duke Medicine Cir, Durham, NC 27710. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Duke Medicine Circle Clinic30 Duke Medicine Cir Durham, NC 27710
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Duke University Hospital

Durham, NC

79% Patient Experience Rating, 10% higher than the national average

14 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)