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Deciding the best treatment is a combined effort between the patient and the provider. I pay close attention to detail.
– Cesar de Cesar Netto, MD, PhD

Cesar de Cesar Netto, MD, PhD

Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center - Durham, NC
Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center Arringdon - Morrisville, NC
Duke Orthopaedics Arringdon - Morrisville, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
James R. Urbaniak, MD, Sports Sciences Institute - Durham, NC
Deciding the best treatment is a combined effort between the patient and the provider. I pay close attention to detail.
– Cesar de Cesar Netto, MD, PhD

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About Me

The desire to explore, research, and understand things in great detail has been the driving force throughout my career. This passion drew me to foot and ankle. I am focused on taking great care of patients, teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows, and collaborating on the continuous development of foot and ankle surgery research.

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Languages I Speak
English, Portuguese, Spanish

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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.79 out of 5
108 ratings, 19 reviews

Training and Education

Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), 2010-2011
Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2016-2017
Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery (New York), 2017-2018
Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (Maryland), 2018-2019
Orthopedic Surgery, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), 2007-2010
MD, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), 2006
PhD, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), 2017

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I put my research efforts into solving orthopedic foot and ankle riddles yet to be answered. For example, which flatfoot patients have higher chances of collapsing? When should surgical treatment be recommended? I strive to answer questions like these with the help of three-dimensional weight-bearing computed tomography imaging and other enabling technologies. Ankle instability, foot and ankle sports/soccer injuries, Achilles tendinopathy/ruptures, hallux valgus and hallux rigidus, midfoot arthritis, ankle arthritis, and ankle replacements are other areas of research interest and expertise.

Publications and Grants

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)
  • Artelon
  • CurveBeam AI
  • Exactech
  • Foot and Ankle Clinics (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Foot and ankle
  • Nextremity Solutions/Medartis
  • Ossio
  • Paragon 28
  • Scientific Reports
  • Stryker Orthopaedics
  • Tayco Brace, Inc.
  • Zimmer Biomet Orthopedics
  • extremity medical