Florina Constantinescu, MD, PhD

Dr. Florina Constantinescu is the Director of the Division of Rheumatology, Program Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. Prior to joining MedStar, she was a full-time faculty physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. As Program Director, she is involved in planning the rheumatology curriculum and providing mentorship for the rheumatology fellows.

Dr. Constantinescu's key area of research interest is medical decision making, specifically communication strategies for explaining risks and benefits to aid in patient decision making and to diminish health disparities. Dr. Constantinescu also conducts research on rheumatic diseases- rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Her clinical expertise, research focus on treatment preferences, broad cultural experience, and fluency in five languages position her as an advocate to improve the quality of care delivered across racial and cultural backgrounds. She had been involved in many research projects, presented many abstracts and published papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Constantinescu completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University and a fellowship in Rheumatology at Georgetown University Hospital/ MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine in Bucharest, Romania, her doctorate degree from the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University in Bonn, Germany and a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics/Clinical Research from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Honors, awards and society memberships

During her residency, Dr. Constantinescu received the Outstanding Resident Award and Outstanding Graduate Award, as well as published her first research article in the field of rheumatology. She obtained her certification in clinical bone densitometry by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). She is a fellow member of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Constantinescuwas chosen in 2008 as a Bone and Joint Decade young medical investigator, and was invited to attend the American College of Rheumatology Research Workshop. In 2011, she received a teaching award from Georgetown University Hospital.  She had been chosen as one of the Top Doctors in the Washington Area by the Washington Consumers’Checkbook.
In 2019, Dr. Constantinescu was voted by peer physicians as one of Washington, D.C., area’s top doctors, published by the Washingtonian Publication.

Credentialed areas 

  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine and Rheumatology

Practice focus 

Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, vasculitis, systemic lupus, steroid -induced osteoporosis, polymyositis