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Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Anesthesia & Critical Care

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 to alleviate pain due to primary and metastatic cancer. Additionally, she is involved in alleviating pain in cancer survivor patients.

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.

Practice Location

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Pain Medicine

Medical School

University of Medicine “Carol Davila”, Bucharest, Romania


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


University of Pittsburg Medical Center


Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Interventional Pain Management)


American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Society of Academic Anesthesiologists Association

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 843-0891

Office Fax

(773) 834-2218

Office Postal Address

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 9011
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Cancer related pain
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Neuromodulating techniques
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Intrathecal drug delivery
  • Infusion therapy
  • Interventional pain management
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Ambulatory anesthesia
  • Low back pain
  • Discogenic pain/discography
  • Perioperative multimodal analgesia
  • Management of difficult airway

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Anitescu's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.