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
Carrie R. Muh is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of epilepsy. She treats children with a myriad 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. During her studies, she traveled to South Korea as a United States' Representative to the UN World Youth Leader's Conference in 1995, and spent time working in Washington DC on health policy initiatives in 1996. 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 wrote a number of neurosurgical chapters with Dr. Nelson Oyesiku, and spent time in the pediatric brain tumor laboratory of Dr. Donald Durden. She won the Georgia Neurosurgical Society Paper Competition twice during residency and was the top US resident at the 2007 American Association of Neurosurgical Surgeons (AANS) Top Gun challenge.
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 and PA students within the Department of Neurosurgery.
Dr. Muh is active in national neurosurgery, having served on the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) since serving as the CSNS Socioeconomic Fellow in 2009. She was Vice Chair and Acting Chair of the CSNS Young Neurosurgeons Section in 2011-2012, and has been on the Board of Directors for the Neurosurgery Political Action Committee (NeurosurgeryPAC) since 2012. She currently serves on the AANS/CNS Washington Committee's Communications and Public Relations Committee.
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.