Judson B.  Williams Jr., MD, MHS
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When I meet with a patient, I join their team and commit myself to the best solutions for the patient and their family.
– Judson B. Williams Jr., MD, MHS

Judson B. Williams Jr., MD, MHS

Heart Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic - Cardiac Surgery
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
Where I See Patients
Duke Cardiothoracic Surgery - Durham, NC
When I meet with a patient, I join their team and commit myself to the best solutions for the patient and their family.
– Judson B. Williams Jr., MD, MHS
My Locations
Duke Cardiothoracic Surgery
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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About Me

As a cardiac surgeon, the operations I perform are designed to help my patients both feel better and live longer. A North Carolina native, I am proud to contribute to providing the best cardiovascular care that can be found in the world right here in my home state and region. I enjoy getting to know each of my patients. When I meet with a patient, I join their team and commit myself to the best solutions for the patient and their family.

Languages I Speak
English
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic - Cardiac Surgery
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
Fellowship
Cardiovascular Disease, Duke Clinical Research Institute, 2007-2014
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2012-2016
Residency
General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2007-2012
Education
MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Tennessee), 2007
MHS, Duke University, 2011
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

I am interested in cardiovascular clinical research, including comparative effectiveness, quality improvement, clinical trials and database/registry work. My areas of expertise include surgical quality improvement, enhanced recovery protocols, comparative effectiveness in cardiovascular disease, best practices in cardiac surgical perioperative care, vein graft preservation, endovascular and minimally invasive treatments for structural heart disease and the thoracic aorta, and treatment options in coronary heart disease. I am interested in the study of innovative treatments and diagnostics for heart patients. I present and publish research at national and international forums on these topics. My goal in this work is to promote the well-being of my patients and all heart patients through continuous quality improvement and enhancing recovery after cardiac surgery.

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)

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Industry Relationships
Duke requires faculty members to report working relationships with companies in order to make sure any potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.