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Ryan P. Plichta, MD

Heart Surgeon

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Board Certified
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Where I See Patients
Duke Cardiothoracic Surgery - Durham, NC
My Locations
Duke Cardiothoracic Surgery
40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710-4000
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About Me

I am interested in helping to advance the way we treat patients and applying new and innovative techniques to improve patients’ outcomes and quality of life. Heart surgery is special in that we can make people feel better and live more active lives. This is what makes it such a wonderful specialty and what keeps us working so hard to make it a safer and easier experience for patients. We see an incredible range of heart and vascular problems here at Duke Health. We have extensive experience treating these issues with unparalleled success. At Duke Health, there is a commitment to excellence and employing what is proven to be the best treatment for an individual patient and that is something we strive for every day. My background is in engineering and I find that to be a perfect fit with heart surgery. Duke is the perfect fit for me because we apply the resources of a major academic center and a community of world experts, to get the best results for our patients.

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
4.82 out of 5
37 ratings, 4 reviews
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Training and Education
Board Certification
American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Fellowship
Advanced Aortic and Endovascular Associate Staff Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2015-2016
Residency
General Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center (Illinois), 2008-2013
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center (Illinois), 2013-2015
Education
MD, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine (Illinois), 2008
Clinical Focus and Research
My Research Interests

My research interests involve studying clinical outcomes and making certain we are doing what is best for our patients. I am studying minimally invasive and endovascular techniques in cardiac surgery and I am specifically interested in diseases of the aortic valve and of the aorta. I am involved with the IRAD database of patients with aortic dissections. I also have a role with the transcatheter aortic valve devices and thoracic endografts for aortic aneurysmal disease and dissections.

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
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