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I like to talk to patients and give advice based on what I feel might be best for them and explain why I feel that solution is right for him or her.
– Howard Levinson, MD

Howard Levinson, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery, Surgery, Plastic
Where I See Patients
Duke Aesthetic Center - Durham, NC
Duke Wound Management Clinic - Durham, NC
I like to talk to patients and give advice based on what I feel might be best for them and explain why I feel that solution is right for him or her.
– Howard Levinson, MD
My Locations
Duke Aesthetic Center
3475 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705-0005
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
Duke Wound Management Clinic
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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This location is currently 5.5 miles from your current location.
About Me

I am a plastic surgeon who performs many different reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries, including incisional and ventral hernia repair and tummy tucks. I consider myself a people person, but enjoy the focus that it takes to work in an operating room. I also like thinking about problems, working with my hands and seeing immediate results. Plastic surgery provides all of these benefits, plus the chance to perform a wide range of procedures as part of a team. When I see patients, I like to talk to them and teach them about their problems. Then, we talk about the pros and cons of different treatment options. I give advice based on what I feel might be best for each patient and explain why I feel that solution is right for him or her. Ultimately, the decision is up to the patient. However, I enjoy being invested in their decision and helping patients arrive at the answer that is best for them.

School of Medicine Department
School of Medicine Division
Languages I Speak
English
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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.37 out of 5
87 ratings, 9 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery, Surgery, Plastic
Fellowship
Wound Healing (Research), New York University, 1998-1999
Wound Healing (Research), Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Pennsylvania), 2000-2002
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2005-2008
Residency
General Surgery, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center (New York), 1997-1998, 1999-2000, 2002-2005
Education
MD, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, 1997
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

I am an expert in wound healing and abdominal wall repair and am the Director of Plastic Surgery Research at Duke. Working with a diverse team of mechanical and textile engineers, I have invented a novel hernia mesh that overcomes the five common failure modes of current hernia mesh. I am in the process of translating the technology from the bench to the clinic to reduce hernias and treat diastasis in patients.

Publications
View my publications on PubMed
Insurance Accepted

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

  • Aetna
    • 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 HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access 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
  • Ambetter
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
    • 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
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Duke Group Plans
    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Gateway Health Plan
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Prime (HMO)
    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
  • Healthgram
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • MedCost
  • Medicare
    • First Medicare Direct*
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • *This is for Wake County only.

  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
  • NC Medicaid
    • NC Medicaid*
    • *Not all Duke locations and doctors participate in this plan. Please contact the location you will be visiting to determine what is accepted.

  • OneNet PPO
  • Optima Health
    • FAMIS
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
  • TRICARE
    • TRICARE Extra*
    • TRICARE for Life*
    • TRICARE Prime*
    • TRICARE Prime Remote*
    • TRICARE Standard*
    • *Duke Primary Care does not participate with the plan.

  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
    • 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 of the River Valley
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)

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.

Industry Relationships
This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has an outside financial interest with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.
  • Deep Blue Medical Advances
  • FirstString Research, Inc.