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Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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WakeMed Heart & Vascular – Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Primary Address
Heart & Vascular - Heart Center
3000 New Bern Avenue
Suite 1100
Raleigh, NC 27610
Phone:919-231-6333
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Secondary Address
Heart & Vascular - Cary
200 Ashville Avenue
Suite 10
Cary, NC 27518
Phone:919-231-6333
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Interests
Minimally invasive thoracic surgery, thoracic malignancies
Medical School
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Residency
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Department of Surgery
Fellowship
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Undergraduate Degree
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Internship
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Department of Internal Medicine
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Department of Surgery
Physician Bio

For Dr. Alden Parsons, taking initiative and achieving goals are themes that run deep in all aspects of her life. A Georgia native who came to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate and for medical school, Dr. Parsons stayed in the area to practice following the completion of her cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic surgery fellowships. She was instrumental in the start-up of a new thoracic surgery program upon completion of her minimally invasive surgical fellowship and first faculty job at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and now brings that expertise and know-how to WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians. WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians provides great partners, great people and new energy and vision for Dr. Parsons as she pursues treating her patients with the best possible outcomes.


Dr. Parsons specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, which mainly involves surgical procedures of the lungs and esophagus, as well as other types of surgical procedures within the chest. She believes providing personal, detailed care for each patient is the key to delivering exceptional care. She finds gratitude in helping patients through their health crisis and putting them on the road to better health. Dr. Parsons is also an advocate for providing patients with clear communication and easier-to-understand clinical education in order to achieve positive outcomes.


Dr. Parsons lives in Raleigh, NC, and is married to Dr. Steve Parsons, a neonatologist, and is the mother to three active children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, traveling to the beach and is learning to play the drums with her daughter.

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