Ioana Antonescu, MD, CM, MSc
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My patients are the reason I go to work every day. I care for patients as if they were my own family.
– Ioana Antonescu, MD, CM, MSc

Ioana Antonescu, MD, CM, MSc

General Surgeon, Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon

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Where I See Patients
Duke Raleigh Hospital - Raleigh, NC
Duke Raleigh Surgery Center - Raleigh, NC
Duke Raleigh Surgical Specialties Clinic - Raleigh, NC
Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
American Board of Surgery, General Vascular Surgery
My patients are the reason I go to work every day. I care for patients as if they were my own family.
– Ioana Antonescu, MD, CM, MSc

About Me

I work in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, taking care of the sickest patients in the hospital, whether they are recovering from a big operation or whether one or more of their organs are failing for any given reason. I am also a general surgeon and, as such, I manage patients with a variety of abdominal pathologies. This can include appendicitis, gallbladder problems, and small intestine and/or colon problems, such as bowel obstruction, acute diverticulitis, and colonic volvulus. I also perform hernia surgery, whether ventral or inguinal. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor and enjoy the privilege of taking care of people. Surgery is very personal to me. It’s a long-term relationship I develop based on trust and compassion as I guide the patient and their family on the journey to recovery. This is why I love what I do.

School of Medicine Departments and Divisions
Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak
English, French, Romanian

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
American Board of Surgery, General Vascular Surgery
Surgical Critical Care, Duke University, 2020-2021
Vascular Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016-2018
General Surgery, McGill University (Canada), 2010-2016
MD, CM, McGill University (Canada), 2010
MSc, Clinical Epidemiology, McGill University (Canada), 2014

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interests stem from my clinical work. I study nutritional supplementation in the ICU and the impact of nutritional status on outcomes. I enjoy using my knowledge of Vascular Surgery as it applies to critically ill and trauma patients, and aspire to become an expert in the approach to and management of critically ill patients with vascular injury.

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 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

Duke requires faculty members to report certain relationships outside of their employment in order to ensure potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has reported no outside activities that relate to their Duke responsibilities.