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Meet Our Surgeons

Our Specialities

WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians — Cardiovascular Surgery offers traditional and cutting-edge heart, aortic surgery techniques, including minimally-invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery.

Our cardiovascular surgery program has consistently been ranked among the top cardiac surgical programs in the country, and our specialties include:

  • Arrhythmia treatment
  • Aneurysm repair
  • Cardiac tumor removal
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Septal defect closure
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Chest wall and first-rib resections

We welcome new patients and accept most insurance plans.

Our Locations

Our Physicians

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon Emeritus

W. Charles Helton, MD
Dr. Charles Helton

Our Advanced Practice Providers

Cardiovascular Conditions We Treat


  • Convergent Procedure (Hybrid A-Fib)
  • AICD, Pacemaker Laser-Lead Removal
  • Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Pulmonary Vein Isolation


  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)
  • Abdominal Aneurysm Repair
  • David, Bentall and Florida-Sleeve Procedures for aortic root aneurysms

Blocked Arteries and Coronary Artery Disease

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Off-Pump Coronary Bypass Grafting
  • Robotic-assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Lower extremity bypass

Cardiac Tumors and Anomalies

  • Cardiac (Myxoma) Tumor Removal
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure

Valve Stenosis, Regurgitation and Endocarditis (minimally-invasive options for all

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