Kathryn M. O'Connor, MD, MSPT
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My goal is to work with each patient to achieve their goals.
– Kathryn M. O'Connor, MD, MSPT

Kathryn M. O'Connor, MD, MSPT

Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Where I See Patients
Duke Regional Hospital - Durham, NC
North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic - Durham, NC
Board Certified
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
My goal is to work with each patient to achieve their goals.
– Kathryn M. O'Connor, MD, MSPT

About Me

I am an orthopaedic surgeon with specialized training in foot and ankle surgery. Prior to becoming a physician, I worked as a physical therapist. My focus has always been on assisting patients in returning to the activities they enjoy. This entails understanding each patient's current limitations and future goals to develop a treatment plan tailored to their needs. I believe in optimizing non-surgical options using various modalities while ensuring patients comprehend their surgical options for when or if the time is appropriate to pursue that route. In my practice, I address a wide range of foot and ankle issues, including bunions, achilles injuries, fractures, and complex foot reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on acute foot and ankle trauma and revision surgery. One aspect I appreciate about Duke Health is the ability to collaborate with other surgeons, therapists, and physicians to devise a comprehensive plan that suits each patient. During my leisure time, you'll often find me running, biking, or chasing after my two energetic boys.

Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak
English

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Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship
Foot and Ankle, Washington University in St Louis (Missouri), 2015
Residency
Orthopedic Surgery, Mt. Sinai Medical Center (New York), 2009-2014
Education
MD, University of Rochester (New York), 2009

Clinical Focus and Research

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 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

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