Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians offer the newest heart surgery techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, beating heart bypass surgery (off-pump), and laser revascularization. In addition to cardiac surgery, we also offers a full range of thoracic procedures, including surgical treatment for lung cancer.

Our cardiovascular and thoracic surgery program has consistently been ranked among the top cardiac surgical programs in the country. We are welcoming new patients and we accept most insurance plans.



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Our Physicians

Bryon James Boulton, MDStructural Heart Surgery
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
WakeMed Heart Center

Abdul Chaudhry, MDCardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
WakeMed Heart Center

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
WakeMed Heart Center

W. Charles Helton, MD Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
WakeMed Heart Center

R. Merrill Hunter, MD
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
WakeMed Heart Center

William A. Killinger, MD Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Lung Cancer Surgery
WakeMed Heart Center

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Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

WakeMed Heart Center

Our Specialties


  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization (TMR)


  • Subcutaneous ICD
  • Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD)
  • Convergent Procedure (Hybrid A-Fib)
  • AICD, Pacemaker Laser-Lead Removal
  • Bi-Ventricular ICD Pacemaker
  • Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Lariat Left Atrial Appendage Closure


  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair  (EVAR)
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair (2364)
  • Blocked Arteries  (Open Heart or Bypass Surgery)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Off Pump Coronary Bypass Grafting
  • Carotid Endarterectomy

Cardiac Tumors

  • Cardiac (Myxoma) Tumor Removal

Septal Defect

  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure

Valve Repair and Replacement

  • Aortic Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Lung Cancer Surgery

  • Wedge (segmentectomy) - a wedge-shaped slice of the lung is removed that contain cancer, leaving unaffected tissue in place.
  • Lobectomy - removal of a single cancerous lobe. You have a total of five lobes – three in the right lung and two in the left lung. The remaining lobes will still function and keep oxygen circulating throughout the body.
  • Decortication – removal of a layer of inflexible tissue restricting lung expansion in patients with lung cancer, tuberculosis and emphysema.  By removing the tissue that binds the lungs, the patient can breathe more easily.
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) - a less invasive surgery that uses a series of tiny incisions to insert a camera and special tools that help treat  certain lung problems and biopsy lymph nodes in the mediastinum (chest)
  • Lung Infection Surgery to drain and remove built-up scar tissue
  • Lung Biopsies to diagnosis lung cancers and other lung disease
  • Pacemaker infection and recall procedures (laser lead removal)