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Dr. Duncan Phillips Joins WakeMed Children’s Hospital as Surgeon-in-Chief
05/06/2010
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 6, 2010) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals today announces J. Duncan Phillips, MD, has been hired to serve in two key roles - Surgeon-in-Chief of the new WakeMed Children's Hospital and the Director of Pediatric Surgery for WakeMed’s employed physician practices.

As director of pediatric surgery, Dr. Phillips will build and oversee the development and growth of a new pediatric physician surgery group within WakeMed physician practices that will serve both inpatient and outpatient needs of children in Central North Carolina. Dr. Phillips will begin his new full-time position in Raleigh on June 1, 2010.

"With the opening of our new Children’s Hospital in June, we are developing a range of new pediatric specialty services, and the creation of a surgery group under Dr. Phillips' leadership will be the foundation of this expansion," commented Susan Weaver, senior vice president of WakeMed physician practices.

Since moving to North Carolina in 1999, Dr. Phillips has been Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1999, he also joined the Medical Staff at WakeMed, where he has performed the majority of his surgeries. Specializing in minimally invasive surgical procedures in infants and children, including laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, Dr. Phillips’ new pediatric surgical practice will greatly expand access to surgical services for children in Wake County.

Mark Piehl, MD, medical director of the WakeMed Children’s Hospital, said, “Dr. Phillips is a talented, dedicated surgeon and a respected member of the pediatric community in Wake County. We are extremely pleased to have him officially join our team during this exciting time in WakeMed Children’s history.”

The new 34,000 square foot Children’s Hospital will be Wake County’s first and will enable WakeMed to better meet the health care needs of children in our community. The new hospital will be located on the fourth floor of the new patient tower currently under construction on the WakeMed Raleigh Campus. The new hospital will offer larger, more family friendly spaces and enable WakeMed to attract more specialists and add services to better serve the children right here in our community. The Children’s Hospital opening celebration will be held Sunday, May 23 from 1-5 pm.

Dr. Phillips earned his MD from the University of California at San Francisco and then completed a residency in surgery at University of California – Los Angeles. He further completed a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He is board certified in both General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Phillips will begin seeing patients in his new roles at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus and his new WakeMed North Healthplex office during the first week of June. His North Healthplex office is located at 10000 Falls of Neuse Rd. He has also begun scheduling surgical procedures for this summer. To make an appointment, call (919) 350-8797.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, an ambulatory surgery center, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The system includes accredited Chest Pain Centers and Joint Commission-certified Stroke Centers. Throughout the system, there are an additional 60 beds under construction and 41 newly approved by the state. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, NC. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs.

WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, including but not limited to nurses, technologists and medical support staff, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care.