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Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, is a leader in the field of anesthesia and interventional pain medicine. She is experienced in ambulatory and regional anesthesia as well as in acute, perioperative and chronic pain management. She specializes in caring for patients who suffer from cancer pain, discogenic pain and low-back pain. Her primary clinical focus is on interventional pain procedures (sympathetic nerve blocks, ketamine infusions, kyphoplasty) aimed at alleviating pain due to primary and metastatic cancer. Additionally, she is involved in alleviating pain in cancer survivors. 

Dr. Anitescu's research focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with acute and chronic pain. She has studied post-operative pain management, functional anesthetic discography and the utilization of intrathecal drug delivery methods to lessen pain. She has also studied the efficacy of outpatient use of intravenous medications such as ketamine in decreasing pain scores in patients that suffer from long-standing and intractable pain. 

Dr. Anitescu is a national and international educator in the field of interventional pain management. She has been an invited speaker to numerous renowned national and professional organizations. In addition to her clinical and research activities, Dr. Anitescu also mentors residents, fellows and medical students in the department of Anesthesia and Critical Care.


  • Anesthesiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Discogenic Pain
  • Epidural Analgesia
  • Back Pain
  • Neuromodulating Techniques
  • Cancer Pain Management
  • Intrathecal Drug Delivery
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • Management of Difficult Airway
  • Ambulatory Anesthesia

Medical Education

  • Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy


  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


  • Cleveland Clinic

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2003

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Romanian
  • English