Carrie Rebecca Muh

Carrie Rebecca Muh

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery

Carrie R. Muh is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of epilepsy. She treats children with a wide range of neurosurgical disorders including brain and spinal cord tumors, moya moya, craniosynostosis, Chiari malformation, spina bifida and hydrocephalus. 

Dr. Muh grew up in California and began scientific research in high school as part of a NASA Student Space Biology initiative. She went on to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she earned two Bachelor's degrees, in Biology and Political Science. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in the laboratory of DNA-repair scientist Dr. Graham Walker. Dr. Muh also earned a Master's degree in Political Science with a concentration in health policy. After graduation, she spent 8 months working on liver cancer research at the Shanghai Cancer Institute in Shanghai, China, returning to attend medical school at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. While at Columbia, Dr. Muh spent a year working in the Gabriel Bartoli Brain Tumor laboratory run by Dr. Jeffrey Bruce, and taught the medical student neuroanatomy review course.
Dr. Muh did her neurosurgery residency at Emory University Hospital and her fellowship in Pediatric neurosurgery at Emory/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). During her residency, she spent time in the pediatric brain tumor laboratory of Dr. Donald Durden. She came to Duke as an Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery and Pediatrics in the summer of 2011 after finishing her fellowship. She is currently the director of education for the medical students within the Department of Neurosurgery. 

Dr. Muh's current research projects focus on developing new techniques for the treatment of hydrocephalus and noninvasive measurement of intracranial pressure (ICP). She recently won a Coulter Grant to work with collaborators in the Department of Biomedical Engineering to create a SmartShunt, a CSF-shunt which will permit noninvasive measurement of intracranial pressure; and is a team leader on a Bass Connections grant to investigate the use of oculomotor assessments to noninvasively diagnose sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is also collaborating with engineers and radiologists to develop a new MRI technique to determine elevated ICP and find subtle evidence of traumatic brain injury. 

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 4544 Hospital South, Box 3272, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-2867
  • Email Address:


  • Emory University School of Medicine, 2011
  • Emory University School of Medicine, 2010
  • Emory University School of Medicine, 2004
  • M.D. Columbia University, 2003

Courses Taught

  • NEUROSUR 402C: Intermediate Clinical Neurosurgery

Representative Publications

  • Chou, N; Serafini, S; Muh, CR, Cortical Language Areas and Plasticity in Pediatric Patients With Epilepsy: A Review., Pediatr Neurol, vol 78 (2018), pp. 3-12 [10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2017.10.001] [abs].
  • Muh, CR, Current and Emerging Surgical Therapies for Severe Pediatric Epilepsies., Semin Pediatr Neurol, vol 23 no. 2 (2016), pp. 143-150 [10.1016/j.spen.2016.05.005] [abs].
  • Harris, OA; Muh, CR; Surles, MC; Pan, Y; Rozycki, G; Macleod, J; Easley, K, Discrete cerebral hypothermia in the management of traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial., Journal of Neurosurgery, vol 110 no. 6 (2009), pp. 1256-1264 [10.3171/2009.1.JNS081320] [abs].
  • Castellino, RC; Muh, CR; Durden, DL, PI-3 kinase-PTEN signaling node: an intercept point for the control of angiogenesis., Curr Pharm Des, vol 15 no. 4 (2009), pp. 380-388 [10.2174/138161209787315873] [abs].