Dr. Anca Askanase, MD

Dr. Anca Askanase, MD

Rheumatology  ·  
Female  ·  
53 y/o

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Dr. Anca Askanase, MD is a rheumatology specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 19 years. She specializes in rheumatology.Read her story

Columbia University Medical Center Division of Rheumatology

161 Fort Washington Ave Fl 2

New York, NY 10032
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amida Care
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HealthFirst
  • MagnaCare
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • POMCO Group
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • VNS Choice

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Autoimmune Diseases
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more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 98% of peers
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
more than 91% of peers

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Dr. Askanase's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Askanase "Dr. Anca Dinu Askanase recently joined the CUMC Rheumatology faculty where she is the founder and clinical director of Columbia's new Lupus Center and the Director of Rheumatology Clinical Trials. Dr. Askanase is an internationally renowned clinician, diagnostician and researcher with more than 15 years specializing in complex Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Askanase trained as a rheumatologist at New York University where she remained for more than 15 years on faculty, directing clinical trials, training fellows and residents, and treating challenging cases of SLE at NYU's prestigious Hospitals. Dr. Askanase's academic career has focused primarily on the care of patients with SLE and other autoimmune diseases.In order to provide better care for patients suffering from these devastating diseases, she embarked on a journey of research and discovery, with the goal of understanding disease outcomes from both the patients' and physicians' perspective while helping to redefine 21st century therapeutic options. It is Dr. Askanase's hope that by helping to establish widely accepted parameters for quantifying the impact of the disease and the response to medications, all doctors will have effective benchmarks and therapeutic options to better treat patients with SLE's often confounding symptoms. In addition to numerous publications and benchmark clinical trials, Dr. Askanase is a member of the two major international consortia aimed at providing the collaboration between lupus doctors needing to improve outcomes and therapies in Lupus: the SLICC (SLE international Collaborating Clinics) and the LNTN (Lupus Nephritis Trial Network).Dr. Askanase believes that excellent care often involves bringing novel therapies to her patients with Lupus and other autoimmune diseases; thus, she has been involved in every major SLE clinical drug trial and multiple NIH and industry sponsored clinical trials. One of her most rewarding experiences was her involvement as the Site Principal Investigator in the registrational study that led to the FDA approval of Belimumab, the first new Lupus drug in over 50 years. Dr. Askanase also designed and executed the only study looking at a rational approach (based on pharmacogenetics and metabolite measurement) to use Azathioprine in the treatment of Lupus. She is currently evaluating the use of ACTH as a steroid alternative in lupus nephritis. Dr. Askanase is also a proud Columbia Alumnus and still lives in Morningside Heights with her husband and two children."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Askanase "We are committed to delivering the best care and an exceptional patient experience. We are devoted to providing services that are patient-centered and compassionate, and care for you as a person. "

1  Specialties

  • Rheumatology

1  Board Certifications

  • Rheumatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

11  Conditions Treated

3  Procedures

  • Joint Drainage
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Institute of Medicine Bucuresti
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • St Lukes - Roosevelt Hospital Center at Roosevelt Division
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • St Lukes - Roosevelt Hospital Center at Roosevelt Division
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Mailman School Of Public Health, Columbia University
    Medical School | Graduated 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • Romanian
  • English

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Dr. Askanase treated me for undifferentiated connective tissue disease for a year. This was my first diagnosis, and she put me on Plaquenil right away. A year later, my arthritis was better, but I was still in significant pain. She prescribed 2 NSAIDs (somehow overlooking the fact that I was taking...Read More
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Over the course of a month, I have phoned her office five times and emailed her twice. I have never received a response - or my test results.
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